2018 year end recap Photos, News, and Videos


Last year, six of YouTube's top 10 music videos were also in Spanish, including the No. 1 video: Luis Fonsi's "Despacito", which became in global smash hit and still holds the record as most-viewed YouTube video of all time (with now over 5.7 billion views).

The video does kind of steamroll past its most important point: about midway through the video, several YouTubers stop and give credit to other creators who have raised money for charity or education, and to spotlight creators who give voice to oft-overlooked communities, such as drag or single mothers.

No. 2 was a video from Dude Perfect, a YouTube channel whose trick shot videos are routinely among the most popular on the platform. The top trending videos are those which spiked the most during the year, a YouTube Singapore spokesman said.

I write about drag queens. Because Singaporeans like their YouTube content to be basic, videos put out by the likes of Night Owl Cinematics, Jianhao Tan, and Naomi Neo trailed close behind.

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The No. 1 music video with 1.45 billion views year-to-date is the Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Ozuna remix of "Te Bote", the 2017 breakup song from Casper Magico, Nio Garcia and Darell.

While the Google-owned video platform's recap is always a bit of a cameo cacophony, there's typically a theme that runs as a thread through the whole thing. (Seriously, is it "Yanny" or "Laurel"?) India comedy sensation Amit Bhadana amassed an astounding 11 million subscribers in just one year and Lâm Chấn Khang's two-hour musical comedy set in the criminal underworld amassed more than 60 million views. But were they in YouTube rewind? With over 51 million views and counting, Cobra Kai's debut episode, "Ace Degenerate", earned the eighth spot on the list, finishing behind "Portugal v Spain - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - MATCH 3" and "Build Swimming Pool Around Underground House".

So while 2018 was a huge year for YouTube and the internet stars who make it great, many were left off. Paul was not included in YouTube's end-of-the-year video, either.