YouTube's top trending videos for 2016

Here's a look at the weird, wonderful, and mundane from YouTube's top trending videos of 2016.

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YouTube Rewind, the popular video site’s annual review, is due out Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST. Leading up to the big reveal, the Google-owned property released its list of the top 10 trending videos for 2016 to several news outlets including Variety.

The list includes the indescribable madness of carpool karaoke, scientific inquiry, John Oliver, and Vlogger Casey Neistat. This year’s list is interesting because while it does have some weird items that are part of the YouTube tradition. There’s also a lot of particularly mundane items like a six-minute short from a sportswear company and a guided tour of first class. These videos received  550 million views and have been watched for over 25 million hours combined.

Let’s take a look.

Hello, do you want to Carpool Karaoke

Carpool Karaoke was a fun thing in 2016, but the video that beat them all was when James Corden got Adele to jump into his car for 15 minutes of wisecracks and singing to the radio.


Remember when I said YouTube’s top 10 had a few weird ones? Yeah.

What’s Inside a Rattlesnake Rattle?

YouTube channel What’s Inside got into the top 10 when the father-son team decided to find out what was inside the rattle of a rattlesnake. Spoiler alert: It’s not rice.

Nike’s Freak Friday

Part of Nike’s Spark Brilliance promotion, this video shows what happens when one of the most famous soccer players in the world switches places with a fan.

America’s Got Talent’s VanderWaal

This video shows 12 year-old VanderWall’s debut on America’s Got Talent, which led to her victory on the popular television show.

Water Bottle Flip by Dude Perfect

The internet is stupid. I hope it never changes.

Channing Tatum Lip Sync Battle

It’s Tootsie for the meme generation.

Donald Drumpf

There are so many John Oliver rants to chose from in 2016, but the introduction of Donald Drumpf is hard to beat.

Casey Neistat documents First Class

Ever wonder what it’s like to fly first class between New York City and Dubai? Famous vlogger Casey Neistat—who recently said he was closing his vlog as he moves on to CNN—documented his free upgrade to first class on Emirates.

The Zombie Apocalypse prank

“I can say pants...”

This story, "YouTube's top trending videos for 2016" was originally published by PCWorld.

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