YouTube completes seven glorious years 2/14/2012. Even before it turned two, internet superstar, Google, bought YouTube for $1.65b. YouTube has not looked back since. Chicago’s OK Go became the first music band to make videos exclusively for YouTube; later on they went to win a Grammy award for a clever video that featured the band members dancing on treadmills. In 2007, many home-made videos went viral on YouTube, which Google operated as a subsidiary. In 2008, YouTube struck an agreement with Fox, Lions Gate, and CBS to post full-length films and TV episodes. YouTube became the first online broadcaster for a major sporting event when IPL started streaming its matches in 2010. Is the success of a viral-produced YouTube video largely a hit-and-miss? Given that many wacky videos go viral, is there some kind of an algorithm with vital ingredients that people in millions click? To celebrate YouTube’s 7th birthday, here are some of the top viral home-made videos produced exclusively* for YouTube.

(*TV shows, movie clips, ads, or music videos eliminated)

01.  Charlie Bit My Finger (471m)

02.  An Experiment (222m)

03.  Evolution Of Dance (189m)

04.  Friday (180m)

05.  The Gummy Bear Song (173m)

06.  Sneezing Baby Panda (130m)

07.  David After Dentist (106m)

08.  Ultimate Dog Tease (93m)

09.  Talking Twin babies (75m)

10.  Numa Numa (63m)

11.  Where the Hell is Matt? (58m)

12.  Thriller by Philippines Prison Inmates (50m)

13.  Shoes (45m)

14.  Baby Laughing (43m)

15.  Leave Britany Alone (42.8m)

16.  Why This Kolaveri Di? (42.7m)

18.  Dramatic Chipmunk (34m)

19.  Spiders on Drugs (29m)

20.  It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time (23m)

Facebook Parenting (2.8m; going viral right now


About Sudio Sudarsan

Sudio Sudarsan helps companies and startups drive demand and impact through more effective use of their brand, marketing, design, digital, and innovation assets. He teaches advanced courses in marketing to MBA students at premier b-schools in three continents around the world. You can follow him on Twitter @iSudio; view some of his retired presentations at View all posts by Sudio Sudarsan


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