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 is a recognized expert in branding of products, services, individuals, places, sports clubs, music bands, political parties, and movements. As a professional stranger in the material world, he researches to uncover unconscious codes in the reptilian complex of the brain that pre-organize the way humans behave at the confluence of neurobiology, cognitive psychology, and cultural anthropology. Sudio teaches advanced courses in marketing and strategy to second-year MBA students at premier business schools in three continents of 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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