Gangnam Style topped YouTube’s list of the most attention-grabbing videos this year, as other professionally produced works outshined the amateur clips that had originally made the Web site famous.
“Almost everything on the list this year was created by professional or creative talent for an online audience,” YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca said before the results were released on Monday. “It’s different from years ago, when homemade videos or random, funny stuff from smartphone cameras were the hits.”
Music video Gangnam Style by South Korean pop star Psy became the most viewed YouTube video of all time and was on pace to log 1 billion views by the end of this year. The view count on Monday was slightly more than 971.5 million.
Second place was a Walk off the Earth music video, a rendition of a hit Gotye song featuring five people simultaneously performing on one guitar.
A Kony2012 video that was part of a viral campaign to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice was the year’s third-most attention-getting YouTube video.
The White House had praised the campaign, while a string of celebrities weighed in by tweeting links to the video and promoting the initiative by California-based non-profit group Invisible Children.
Kony2012 was reported to be the first cause-based video by a nonprofit to make YouTube’s annual list of top videos.
Fourth place on the YouTube list went to a Call Me Maybe video in which stars, including Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, ignited a lip-synching rage.
An Epic Rap Battles of History series episode that pitted an impersonator of US President Barack Obama against a pretend Mitt Romney in a rap-powered debate came in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were a stunt in a Flemish town square to promote a TV channel; “dubstep” violin by Lindsey Stirling; comedian Emmanuel Hudson; a father’s reaction to his daughter’s Facebook post; and Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall from about 39km above the Earth.