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YouTube Rewind

YouTube Rewind is a series of videos produced, created, and uploaded by the YouTube's official channel account on the website. The videos are an overview and recap of the year's most popular YouTube videos. Each year, the amount of YouTube celebrities featured in the video, as well as the presentation of the series have increased.


The first video in the series, YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review, was uploaded by YouTube Trends channel on December 12, 2010. The official Spotlight channel uploaded the same video the next day, subsequently gaining more views. The video for "Bed Intruder Song", by Antoine Dodson and The Gregory Brothers was revealed to be the #1 video of 2010.

In 2011, Rebecca Black was center-premise of the video, having presented the video, and having her music video for "Friday" be revealed as the #1 YouTube video of 2011.

In 2012, PSY's "Gangnam Style" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", were the basis of the annual video. Unlike previous years, several popular YouTubers made guest appearances in the video, including PSY himself.[1] References to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, Felix Baumgartner, and NASA were made in the video.[2]

In 2013, the main motif of the video was Ylvis' "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)". However, other 2013 trends and headlining topics such as Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop"and "Wrecking Ball", PSY's "Gentleman", Breaking Bad series finale, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's album The Heist, Lady Gaga's "Applause", Katy Perry's "Roar" and the "Harlem Shake" meme were referenced.[3] The video was produced by the creative studio Portal A.[4]

On December 9, 2014, YouTube Spotlight released "Turn down for 2014," which included songs and backgrounds from songs such as "Turn Down for What", "Bang Bang", "Happy", "Anaconda", "Dark Horse", "Fancy" , "All About That Bass" and "Let It Go". Celebrity guests include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Chris Hardwick, Conchita Wurst, and Conan O'Brien. YouTubers include PewDiePie, Danisnotonfire, Amazing Phil, Connor Franta, iJustine, Tyler Oakley, Bethany Mota, HolaSoyGermán, Smosh, iiSuperwomanii and Kid President. In total, over 120 YouTube content creators appeared in the video.[5] Along with the "Turn Down for 2014" video, YouTube also released two playlists namely- "Top Trending Videos of 2014" and "Top Trending Music Videos Of 2014" on the "YouTube Rewind Channel". Country specific versions of these playlists were also released on the "YouTube Rewind Channel" for different countries.


Video Upload Date Views
(as of June 1, 2015)
YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review[6]
YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review[7]
December 12, 2010
December 13, 2010
YouTube Rewind 2011[8] December 20, 2011 7,548,721
Rewind YouTube Style 2012[9] December 17, 2012 160,656,932
YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?[10] December 11, 2013 108,612,149
YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014[11] December 9, 2014 90,620,351


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  6. ^ YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review — YouTube Trends
  7. ^ YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review — YouTube Spotlight
  8. ^ YouTube Rewind 2011 — YouTube Spotlight
  9. ^ Rewind YouTube Style 2012 — YouTube Spotlight
  10. ^ YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say? — YouTube Spotlight
  11. ^ #YouTubeRewind | Turn Down for 2014 — YouTube Spotlight
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