YouTube released its top trending videos of the year Tuesday, showing us that 2011 was a year of unlikely pop stars, cute kids and — of course — cats.
It was a big year for Google’s online video site, which logged a jaw-dropping 1 trillion views in 2011.
Rebecca Black’s Friday topped the list of the year’s most-viewed videos; other viral hits that made the list include the talking twin babies, Nyan Cat, Lonely Island and Nicki Minaj’s “The Creep” and Maria Aragon’s “Born This Way” cover.
According to YouTube Trends manager Kevin Allocca, the list speaks to “something that’s very core to us as a site.”
“Rebecca Black, she’s on top of the list,” Allocca said. “She had over 180 million views this year, one of things that she represents. . .is the idea that anyone can enter our pop culture,” she said.
Black’s rise from a much-maligned YouTube star to a co-star in Katy Perry’s viral hit “Last Friday Night” is entirely thanks to her online fame. Allocca pointed to Aragon, too, as an illustration of this phenomenon. “Maria Aragon, went from posting covers online to being on stage,” he said.