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YouTube Rewind 2019 video still draws dislikes

Staff Writer

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In 2018, YouTube broke records by releasing the most disliked video of YouTube: its annual YouTube Rewind video looking back at the year’s most memorable YouTube moments and creators. When that left out some of the site’s biggest stars, fans responded with a deluge of dislike, throwing the whole yearly tradition into a mire of embarrassment.

This year, then, YouTube has opted for something more traditional, with a straightforward countdown of the most liked videos across a range of categories, including such favourites as PewDiePie and, yes, Minecraft.

“This year, we tried something different and looked at what you did like — a lot,” said YouTube in its blog. “Our Rewind 2019 video compiles the top videos and creators that you liked and watched the most around the world, from the biggest games to must-watch beauty palettes and breakout stars.”

Controversy, though, is still in the air, as fans felt it was lazy of YouTube to simply put together a listicle-style video, the kind that is already rife on the site. So far, 4.7 million dislikes have been racked up by the video.

Actual lists were released as well, with YouTube highlighting 2019 as a year that saw creators transform into mainstream celebrities with genre-defying influence, from James Charles and Tati’s back-and-forth to Shane Dawson’s longform docuseries format and MrBeast’s ultra-charitable challenge videos. Also on this year’s top trending list: A long-requested episode of Hot Ones, a meme-making moment from Soulja Boy, a conversation-starting short film, SNL’s most-watched sketch of 2019, an underdog victory in the ring, and an informational video on why spiders and bees are actually our friends.

Collectively, these 10 videos were watched 305 million times and for around 50 million hours. The channels behind them total more than 110 million subscribers.

Here’s the rundown:

Top Trending Videos in the USA

James Charles – No More Lies First We Feast – Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings | Hot Ones shane – Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson MrBeast – I Bought Everything In A Store – Challenge Gillette – We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film) DAZN USA – HIGHLIGHTS | Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. jeffreestar – Kylie Skin Review with Shane Dawson Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM – Soulja Boy Drags Tyga, Drake, Kanye West & Reclaims The Best Comeback Of 2018 Saturday Night Live – R. Kelly Interview Cold Open – SNL TheOdd1sOut – The Spiders and the Bees

Top Music Videos in the USA

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix] Dababy – Suge (Yea Yea) Official Music Video Yo Gotti ft. Lil Baby – Put a Date On It (Official Video) Polo G Feat. Lil Tjay – Pop Out By. Ryan Lynch Prod. By JDONTHATRACK & Iceberg Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus Offset – Clout ft. Cardi B (Official Video) Billie Eilish – bad guy 21 Savage – a lot ft. J. Cole Ariana Grande – 7 rings Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma (Official Video

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