YouTube’s Most Watched Videos In 2016 Are…

YouTube has released their annual Rewind featuring top-watched videos both locally and abroad. Check out the various categories here…
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2016-12-08

As South Africa winds down and starts getting into serious festive season mood, YouTube has once again released its annual Rewind. Looking back at the most-watched videos for the year, globally and in South Africa. 

This year’s most-watched videos in South Africa had us rolling in the aisles, shaking our heads, gasping in admiration, and getting noticed by none other than Megan Trainor. Judging by the number of comedy and entertainment videos in the mix - 7 out of 10 - South Africans needed a bit of laughter this year. 

An Overview Of The Results

Topping the list was The Daily Show - South African President Jacob Zuma and the Panama Papers, by South Africa’s favourite comic son, Trevor Noah. Second up was I’ll beat you from Nigerian channel Mark Angel Comedy, featuring the ever-entertaining Emanuella. Rudi Smit’s flash mob dance video - Me Too - achieved its aim of getting South African talent noticed by Megan Trainor. It proceeded to go viral all over the world. Laura Bretan: 13-year-old opera singer gets the golden buzzer also performed really well. In fact, America’s Got Talent 2016 Auditions had us all in goosebumps and wiping our eyes at Laura’s incredible version of Nessun Dorma. 

It wasn’t all light entertainment in the top ten most watched videos, however, a road rage incident in Durban also featured. As did an eNCA Checkpoint episode on Blessers. 

Globally, Carpool Karoake made the Rewind list for the second year. Adele Carpool Karaoke racked up a whopping 135m views, making it the most watched YouTube video globally for 2016. Asian viral hit Piko Taro came in second with 93m views for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO. This while Utah-based father and son duo Daniel and Lincoln Markham’s explainer of What's inside a Rattlesnake Rattle? came in third with 59m views. 

The Detailed Results, Per Category

The top trending videos for 2016 are based on views, shares, comments, likes and more. These lists reflects the amazing variety of content that YouTube audiences love, watch and listen to, day in and day out.

Top 10 Videos Watched In South Africa In 2016 (Excluding Major Music Labels)

  1. The Daily Show - South African President Jacob Zuma and the Panama Papers

  2. Mark Angel Comedy- I’ll beat you

  3. Rudi Smit - Me Too

  4. America’s Got Talent - Laura Bretan: 13-year-old opera singer gets the golden buzzer

  5. Ivan Leon - Road rage incident in Durban

  6. eNCA - Checkpoint: #Blessed Part 1

  7. Ramscomics - Noko Mashaba: Meet our loyer

  8. Ramscomics - Noko Mashaba: The blind date

  9. TManOstrong - SA Dance Gwara Gwara Compilation

  10. The Voice South Africa - Vernon Barnard sings ‘Story of my life’ | The Blind Auditions

Top 10 Music Videos Watched By South Africans

  1. Rihanna - Work (Explicit) ft Drake

  2. Fifth Harmony - Work from home ft Ty Dolla $ign

  3. Calvin Harris - This is what you came for (Official video) ft Rihanna

  4. The Chainsmokers - Closer (lyric) ft Halsey

  5. ZAYN - PILLOWTALK

  6. Mike Posner - I took a pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)

  7. Kwesta - Ngud’ ft Cassper Nyovest

  8. Babes Wodumo ft Mampintsha - Wololo (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

  9. twenty one pilots: - Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

  10. Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Global Top Trending Videos

  1. The Late Late Show with James Corden - Adele Carpool Karaoke

  2. Piko-Taro - Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO

  3. What’s Inside? - What's inside a Rattlesnake Rattle?

  4. Nike Football - Nike Football Presents: The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More

  5. America’s Got Talent - Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2016

  6. Dude Perfect - Water Bottle Flip Edition | Dude Perfect

  7. Lip Sync Battle on Spike - Channing Tatum & Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum's "Pony" | Lip Sync Battle (not available to view from South Africa)

  8. Last Week Tonight - Donald Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  9. Casey Neistat - THE $21,000 FIRST CLASS AIRPLANE SEAT

  10. Cabot Phillips - Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse

Global Top 10 music videos

  1. Fifth Harmony - Work from home ft Ty Dolla $ign

  2. Calvin Harris - This is what you came for (Official video) ft Rihanna

  3. Nicky Jam TV - Hasta el Amanecer - Nicky Jam | Video Oficial

  4. The Chainsmokers - Closer (lyric) ft Halsey

  5. Rihanna - Work (Explicit) ft Drake

  6. Mike Posner - I took a pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)

  7. Sia - Cheap Thrills (Lyric Video) ft. Sean Paul

  8. ZAYN - PILLOWTALK

  9. Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend (Official video)

  10. Twenty one pilots - Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

You can check out the global YouTube Rewind video here: https://www.youtube.com/user/theyearinreview.