The 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2017


Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show. BBC Dad. Every goof on Donald Trump’s inauguration imaginable. It might be hard to believe these viral moments all happened in the same year — this year — but they did! We’ve got the video footage to prove it.

With the help of YouTube, we’re counting down and revisiting the most viral videos of the year. The site created its top-10 list by considering the ways people interacted with its biggest videos — including shares, watch time, likes, and comments — before ranking them by views. Collectively, the heavy-hitter viral videos below amassed more than 630 million views, and people spent more than 40 million hours watching. In a year that was frequently dark, depressing, and outright baffling, it shouldn’t be surprising that the stuff that resonated most was fun and inspiring (sometimes both).

10. “Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News”

Views: 26 million (and counting)
Way back in March, Robert Kelly planned to talk about South Korea on BBC News — solo. His adorable 4-year-old daughter, Marion, however, had other plans, barreling into her father’s study mid-interview like she owned the damn place. She wasn’t alone. Though Kelly assumed this meant his talking head days were over, his family quickly became famous for their viral moment, booking interviews and building a fanbase that persists today. “It’s still just weird more than anything else,” the poli-sci professor told The Guardian. “It’s nice to think we made people happy, but it’s not really the kind of thing you’d ask for.” 

9. “In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film”

Views: 33.1 million (and counting)
“A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.” That’s the logline of this touching short, written and directed by Beth David and Esteban Bravo. The project got its start on Kickstarter, grabbing more than $14,000, before becoming a full-blown powerhouse with the humor and emotional heft to rival the likes of Pixar. It’s so good, it’s on the shortlist for Best Animated Short Film in the 2018 Academy Awards.

8. “history of the entire world, i guess”

Views: 36.5 million (and counting)
From Bill Wurtz, the same wizard behind “history of japan,” comes a more ambitious yet just-as-hypnotizing piece of edutainment. It’s exactly what it sounds like: “the history of the entire world, i guess,” compressed into a surprisingly swift, visually engaging 19 minutes. Between the sporadic jingles and unrelenting barrage of info, watching this is kind of like getting a history lesson from a half-sedated, more mellifluous Jean-Ralphio. Overwhelming but fun.

7. “‘INAUGURATION DAY’ – A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration”

Views: 35.7 million (and counting)
“Hadouken! Hadouken to your face!” Yeah, that’s kind of what this day felt like, but here’s a much more enjoyable (and somehow awkward) version of the day’s highlights. The dance, in particular, is something to behold.

6. “Lady Gaga’s FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show”

Views: 38 million (and counting)
Lady Gaga said “Hello!” to the Super Bowl with 300 drones. It was quite the entrance. What followed, as we wrote on that fateful night, was “a fabulous cavalcade of diamond dresses, star wands, shoutouts to mom and dad, the supreme power of the keytar, and impassioned words on diversity” — a true halftime spectacle for fans new and old.

5. “Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke”

Views: 41 million (and counting)
With Ed Sheeran’s visit to The Late Late Show, you got some good duets, Bieber drinking stories, and nipple stuff. It wasn’t quite top-10 material in our books, but it was definitely entertaining.

4. “Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer”

Views: 43.1 million (and counting)
In May, 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer took the America’s Got Talent stage to sing “Summertime” and remind viewers ventriloquism wasn’t dead. She succeeded, earning a standing ovation, getting a Golden Buzzer from judge Mel B (“You made my heart melt!”), and ultimately, going on to win first place in the season finale. Now you can catch the young star on tour.

3. “Ping-Pong Trick Shots 3”

Views: 98.4 million (and counting)
All the Dude Perfect videos make me ask the same questions: How did they do that? How long did it take to do that? Why do they yell so much? No matter how ridiculous these guys are, they always impress. And this ping-pong sequel — which boasts unbelievable feats with arrows, frisbees, and cookware, all in the name of Oreos — doesn’t disappoint. (Seriously, that’s a beautiful flop shot.)

2. “ED SHEERAN – Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography”

Views: 125.5 million (and counting)
When “Shape of You” first came out, it might not have struck you as the most dance-worthy song. Kyle Hanagami thought otherwise, quickly using the earworm-y Sheeran single to show off his dance class’ inventive choreography. See the mesmerizing results for yourself. Users found the moves so irresistible Hanagami’s upload became the most-viewed choreography vid on YouTube — ever

1. “Until we will become dust – Oyster Mask | THE MASK SINGER 2”

Views: 199 million (and counting)
Coming in at No. 1 is this giant oyster, which effortlessly charmed an enthusiastic live studio audience. Watch above as people wave their hands, cheer, dance. (Try not to do the same.) What’s going on? This clip comes from Thai show The Mask Singer, a competition that has celebrities conceal their identities with elaborate costumes before duking it out for musical glory. Unfortunately, the oyster (later revealed to be rocker Panthapol Prasarnratchakij) didn’t win the competition, but, if these millions of views are any indication, it certainly won the internet. (“I think this oyster sings better than other species.” Fair! Long live this oyster!) If you’re jealous we don’t have a show like this, fret not: Fox is on it.Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

Sean Fitz-Gerald is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. Find him on Twitter: @srkfitzgerald.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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