Over the past 12 months, some YouTube videos have become to popular that they’ve either become really hard to ignore or have left a lasting impression. We thought it’d be fun to share our personal top FIVE viral videos of 2012 – or at least the top five that we remember like it was just yesterday.
Here they are.
Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown on Ellen
The story: Kristen Bell guest starred on Ellen DeGeneres’ “The Ellen Show” one day and launched into talking about her 31st birthday celebration. See, the thing is, Kristen has always been obsessed with sloths her whole life. So imagine how she felt with her fiancé, Dax Shepard, decided to surprise her with a visit from her favorite animal, the sloth. Yup. Cue emotional breakdown – over a sloth.
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“Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen”
The story: A disgruntled teenage daughter apparently wrote a Facebook post complaining about the chores that she has to do at home (among other things). Her tech-savvy, gun-toting father took (a very public) revenge by nine rounds into the laptop. After enough damage was done to the laptop, he dedicated the recording to his daughter and “more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought that her little rebellious post was cute, and for all you parents out there who think your, you know, kids don’t post bad things on Facebook.”
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The story: Produced by “Invisible Children”, a nonprofit activist group founded by three filmmakers, KONY 2012 a half-hour video campaign about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony is theleader of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. He and his army have committed atrocities since 1980s, including the killing and disfiguring of villagers, forcing children to become soldiers, and forcing girls into sexual slavery. Although, after the video went viral, “Invisible Children” has been criticized for everything from how the group made “KONY 2012” to how it spends its money.
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Cookie Monster’s Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen cover)
The story: We know, we know – after so many covers and spoof attempts, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is probably one of the last things you’d want to watch this year. To be fair, this one was totally worth it. A few times over, if we dare say! We can’t say that we weren’t pleased when “Call Me Maybe” got “Sesame Street”-fied. And just how cute is Cookie Monster? Right?
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Psy’s Gangnam Style
The story: This man, this song, and this music video needs no introduction. And judging by its 988,098,600 views, it needs no explanation either. Except maybe to say that South Korean artiste, Psy, easily made “Gangnam Style” the “Macarena” of the decade. With ample help from social media platforms, of course.
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And there you have it, our top five viral videos of the year. Which one was your favourite?