YouTube reveals top videos of 2009


Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle's first audition was the most watched video on YouTube during 2009.

The talent show runner-up's surprising rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' has been watched by more than 120 million viewers worldwide, making it more popular than the next three most-watched videos combined. The list marks the first time YouTube has revealed its most popular videos.

In second place, with more than 37 million views, was ‘David After Dentist’ a video featuring a disorientated seven-year-old boy recovering from dental work. Third place went to JK Wedding Entrance Dance, which showed an convoluted dance routine featuring members of their entourage just before their wedding. The video garnered 33 million views, prompting Sony, which owned the rights to the Chris Brow song that provided the soundtrack to the video, placing a link next to the video allowing people to buy the song and also shared profits from sales of ads on the site.


In the UK, the most popular video was a commercial for Evian water featuring roller skating babies.

Other popular videos in the UK include an advert for Samsung and showing a farmer creating artwork on a Welsh hillside by using his dogs to round-up sheep, wearing LED-covered vests, into specific patterns.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, serves up around a billion videos every week.

It makes money through selling advertising around the videos, most of which are uploaded by users.

However, the site now also offers short videos form intentional broadcasters as well as full-length TV programmes from the UK's Channel 4 and Channel 5.


1. Susan Boyle (120m+ views)

2. David After Dentist (37m+ views)

3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33m+ views)

4. New Moon movie trailer (31m+ views)

5. Evian Roller Babies (27m+ views)


1. Evian Roller Babies (13.7m+ views)

2. Extreme sheep LED (10.6m+ views)

3. YouTube Street Fighter (6.6m+ views)

4. Damien Walters Showreel 2009 (5.3m+ views)

5. Simon's cat 'fly guy' (4.6m+ views)

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global):

January: inauguration
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (U.S.):

January: obama inauguration
February: on a boat
March: watchmen
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao
June: michael jackson thriller
July: wedding
August: send it on
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: adam lambert
December: tiger woods

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