2012′s Most Viral Videos

6:12 am in Viral by Jason Baskey


Everyday in 2012, there was a new crop of “must-see” videos hitting the web. Whether it was cell phone shots of drunk shenanigans or high-production value, weird Korean dance videos, the world was watching. Here’s a collection of the most viral videos of the year.

KONY 2012
The online campaign video to hunt down African warlord, Joseph Kony wasn’t only the most-shared video this year, it’s the most-shared of ALL TIME. (Too bad it was so swiftly discredited and it’s creator went craaaaazy)

PSY – “Gangnam Style”
AKA “The Asian Macarena”, “Gangnam Style” absolutely blew up the internet…and the clubs…and television…and your mom’s workout playlist. The video was shared over 29 MILLION times and is now, the most-viewed YouTube clip ever.

“Push to Add Drama”
This brilliant ad from TNT brought a much-needed dose of excitement to a quiet square in Belgium…because shooting people for fun in the streets wouldn’t fly in L.A. It dominated your Facebook newsfeed for most of the spring with over 4 million shares.

Charlotte & Jonathan
It seems every year there’s a new kinda-weird-looking and insanely talented person on a talent show. This year, it was the opera singing duo of Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli. This clip of them melting Simon’s heart was viewed more that 1 million times in 3 days.

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Technically, the song you couldn’t get out of your head was released in 2011, but in 2012, it went viral. How? The righteous tweet of The Biebs. One tweet from fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber, launched Carly into superstardom, a thousand parodies and millions of YouTube views. That’s a powerful tweet.