YouTube has released its annual list of the most popular videos of 2020, and the list reflects a year dominated by behavioral changes brought on by the pandemic, civil unrest and a heated political environment leading up to the U.S. election.
The hottest video of 2020 was from Dave Chappelle 8:46, a 27-minute stand-up special that was filmed at a socially remote event in Ohio where the comedian lives. Netflix dropped the surprise special on June 12, amid ongoing protests to fight racism and police brutality around the world over the death of George Floyd. The special has been praised by critics and other public figures for its honesty about ongoing racism issues in the United States. The title of the special, 8:46, refers to the length of time Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee resting on Floyd’s neck.
“More than anything else, it sets the tone for how this thing was going in the culture and the world, and how people created content that reflected this moment that was happening,” Earnest Pettie, analyst at the YouTube culture and trends team, says The edge. “Viewers rushed over. ”
This is also true with other videos on the list. The second trending video of the year is Saturday Night Livefirst cold open debate on the presidential election. The open featured Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump and Jim Carrey as President-elect Joe Biden. Although the video wasn’t posted to YouTube until early October, it quickly became one of the most shared videos, according to Pettie.
Elsewhere, signs of what was happening in other parts of the 2020 culture are also on the list. Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, two of TikTok’s most popular creators, are in the top 10 stars on YouTube. Also on the list is Chloe Ting, an exercise influencer who became extremely popular at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States when people were trying to find ways to work out at home. Corpse Husband, a YouTuber who got a lot of attention after one of his songs went viral on TikTok and he released Among us along with a few other YouTube creators and renowned public figures (AOC, Toast, James Charles), also made the list.
Some of the names are also recognizable by people who keep up with the YouTube community. MrBeast, Jeffree Star, NikkieTutorials, Dude Perfect and David Dobrik all created some of the most popular videos of the year. What remains unclear in this year’s list is how many people watched these videos – just because a video is considered one of the most popular titles doesn’t necessarily mean it is the most. watched. The YouTube team wanted to focus on “a variety of ways people interact” with what they watch, Pettie said. Unlike in previous years, YouTube also does not intend to publish a list of the most viewed.
“The Top Trending List is an accurate reflection of what people are really into, and talking about and sharing with each other,” Pettie said. “This is what we think is a great performance of the year.”
The full list of Top Trending 2020 titles can be read below.
TOP TRENDING VIDEOS
1. 8:46 – Dave Chappelle – Netflix is a joke
2. First open cold debate – Saturday night live
3. We have broken up. – jeffrreestar
4. I bought the biggest fireworks display in the world ($ 600,000) – MrBeast
5. You sors. – NikkieTutoriels
6. Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINAL – Dream
7. Monologue de Ricky Gervais – Golden Globes 2020 – NBC
8. Midlife Stereotypes – Perfect Guy
9. Some good news with John Krasinski Ep. 1 – SomeGoodNews
10. We can’t believe this happened – David Dobrik
TOP CREATORS OF EVACUATION
1. Dream (12.5 million subscribers)
2. Tiko (5.21 million subscribers)
3. Chloe Ting (15.9 million subscribers)
4. EddieVR (4.86 million subscribers)
5. charli d’amelio (8.32 million subscribers)
6. GeorgeNotFound (4.4 million subscribers)
7. Dixie D’Amelio (6.58 million subscribers)
8. Corpse Husband (4.95 million subscribers)
9. SomeGoodNews (2.56 million subscribers)
10. Hyram (3.9 million subscribers)
1. MrBeast (46.1 million subscribers)
2. Dream (12.5 million subscribers)
3. ZHC (17.1 million subscribers)
4. SSSniperwolf (23.1 million subscribers)
5. Tiko (5.21 million subscribers)
6. Chloe Ting (15.9 million subscribers)
7. JoshDub (8.14 million subscribers)
8. The royalty family (10.5 million subscribers)
9. LazarBeam (17.2 million subscribers)
10. James Charles (23.9 million subscribers)
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