December 14, 2010

YouTube Names 2010’s Most Viewed Videos

Canadian pop-singing teenager Justin Bieber took four of the top 10 most-watched music videos on YouTube in 2010, with "Baby" claiming the top spot with more than 400 million views, according to YouTube on Monday.

The 16-year-old star, who was first discovered in 2008 after posting home videos on YouTube, also had "Never Say Never," "Never Let You Go" and "Somebody to Love Remix" in the video-sharing site's top 10 videos in the world from major labels in 2010.

Other videos topping YouTube's top 10 lists include a video of a young Alabama man giving an impassioned TV news interview about a local crime spree. Also, "Bed Intruder Song" -- a remix of the words by Antoine Dodson, 24, set to a song by New York musicians Evan and Michael Gregory -- was viewed more than 60 million times around the world.

Other YouTube hits besides big names in music included a parody of KeSha's "Tik Tok," called "Key of Awesome #13," and a home video of 13-year-old Greyson Chance singing a version of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" during a school recital.

Mia Quagliarello, community manager at YouTube, said: "YouTube has become the world's town square -- a place where culture is created and shared."

"It's a sign of YouTube's growing importance as a platform for content creation that six of the top 10 most-watched videos globally were made-for-YouTube originals," she told Reuters.

YouTube said that more than 13 million hours of video were uploaded to the video-sharing website in 2010 and there were more than 700 billion playbacks.


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