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Apr 03, 2007

What’s So Great About The Top Viewed YouTube Videos?

What are the most popular videos on the Tube?

And why are they so popular?

Evolution of Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg

Video Details

  • Added: April 06, 2006
  • Plays:44,068,361
  • Runtime:06:00

Tags

  • Dancing comedy

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Is this really the most watched YouTube video of all time?

What Makes It Good.

  • The fact that the video is one continual shot, but there is a continual change in actions and music means that the viewer is motivated to watch the entire six minutes, which is abnormally long for a YouTube video. The viewer is asking, “What song is coming next?â€?, and “What dance will he do next?â€?.

Angry Professor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hut3VRL5XRE

Video Details

  • Added: April 18, 2006
  • Plays:2,746,026
  • Runtime:00:36

Tags

  • Dancing comedy

Categories

  • Howto & DIY

Observations

  • Very short.

What Makes It Good.

  • It is real life. So the fact that the camera is not on the Lecturer, and all we hear is him speaking keeps the audience on the edge of their seat and tension is built to the climax at the end.

Free Hugs Campaign. Inspiring Story! (music by sick puppies)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

Video Details

  • Added: September 22, 2006
  • Plays:11,454,664
  • Runtime:03:39

Tags

  • free hugs campaign sick puppies juan mann

Categories

  • Entertainment

Observations

  • Touching.

What Makes It Good.

  • Fantastic concept.
  • Very well excited.
  • The audience knows the structure just from reading the title and watching the first few seconds, but the implementation of that structure is continually changing. Who will he hug next? What street will we see him in next?
  • The fact that he has used music from the Sick Puppies and stated that in the profile means that he is leveraging the popularity of the Sick Puppies to great effect.

Americans are NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE

Video Details

  • Added: January 25, 2007
  • Plays:1,637,376
  • Runtime:05:48

Tags

  • stupid us usa united states of america intelligent american george bush president dumb

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Unbelievable.

What Makes It Good.

  • The audience know the interviewer is interviewing stupid Americans. But they don't know how ridiculous their answers are going to be, so they keep watching for the entire duration.

Real Life Simpsons Intro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49IDp76kjPw

Video Details

  • Added: March 03, 2006
  • Plays:12,389,434
  • Runtime:00:59

Tags

  • Simpsons Intro Opening Credits Real Life Actors

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Impressive.

What Makes It Good.

  • The quality of the green screening is almost faultless.
  • In fact the whole video is almost faultless – at providing a real life Simpsons intro.
  • It seems people want to watch it from start to end and share with their friends, even though they know what is going to happen and have seen it many times on television. Its just the magnificence of the creation that keeps them watching. “How similar will the real life Marge be?â€? “Will the real life Homer look like Homer?â€?.

Pokemon Theme Music Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XxI-hvPRRA

Video Details

  • Added: November 28, 2005
  • Plays: 21,107,055
  • Runtime:03:14

Tags

  • pokemon theme song music video smosh anthony padilla ian hecox

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Pokemon is not something I am interested in, and I was not interested in this video. But it has had over 21,000,000 views. After watching all I can conclude is that its not that great is it?

What Makes It Good.

  • The concept of doing a music video for a popular cartoon is unique and the million of people interested in Pokemon have clearly shared this with their friends.

Ha ha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk

Video Details

  • Added: November 01, 2006
  • Plays: 11,304,949
  • Runtime: 01:40

Tags

  • laughter revelry child

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Very simple.
  • No story.

What Makes It Good.

  • Its cute. Its the sort of thing people would want to share in emails and instant messages, “go check out this cute little babyâ€?.
  • Its different.

funny cats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIqhUCZgwXQ

Video Details

  • Added: December 20, 2005
  • Plays: 4,080,866
  • Runtime: 01:38

Tags

  • cats funny

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • A video about cats doing funny things.

What Makes It Good.

  • The music.

Numa Numa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o

Video Details

  • Added: August 14, 2006
  • Plays: 1,721,910
  • Runtime: 01:38

Tags

  • numa

Categories

  • Entertainment.

Observations

  • A video about cats doing funny things.

What Makes It Good.

  • The audience is laughing at Numa man directly, this is him being him. I may have intended to be funny, but I doubt this funny.

next big thing, really

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYak2F1hUYA

Video Details

  • Added: March 03, 2006
  • Plays: 6,504,421
  • Runtime: 04:50

Tags

  • trash hardcore

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • They they they are good.
  • This boy band are ugly. They have poor physique. They cannot sing.

What Makes It Good.

  • Like the Numa video the audience is lauging at the subjects directly.

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNxwAU_xAMk

Video Details

  • Added: January 31, 2007
  • Plays: 1,799,665
  • Runtime: 04:31

Tags

  • ksudigg web2.0 digital ethnography hypermedia anthropology

Categories

  • Howto & DIY

Observations

  • A strong statement.

What Makes It Good.

  • Interesting editing.

Mika Grace Kelly

Video Details

  • Added: January 15, 2007
  • Plays: 2,685,982
  • Runtime: 03:24

Tags

  • Mika Grace Kelly

Categories

  • Music

Observations

  • A very polished video.
  • The video itself is not that fantastic.

What Makes It Good.

  • Very original song.

lion sleep tonight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BuRwH59oAo

Video Details

  • Added: January 15, 2007
  • Plays: 9,946,455
  • Runtime: 01:03

Tags

  • lion sleep tonight

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • A popular song with a nice animation.

What Makes It Good.

  • Obvious.

humor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8rjr4jmWd0

Video Details

  • Added: January 15, 2007
  • Plays: 5,854,093
  • Runtime: 03:51

Tags

  • humor

Categories

  • Comedy

Observations

  • Just like “You've Been Framedâ€?

What Makes It Good.

  • The concept is not original. But this type of montage will probably always be popular.

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