YouTube Rewind live with a look back at 2017

If you ever wondered what videos you wasted spent time watching on YouTube in 2017, the video platform has a report out that will help you figure out which branches of the rabbit hole you my have gone down. Google provides this YouTube Rewind report each as a way to portray some openness around the platform and likely to try to hook you back into a repeat viewing of some of the hottest videos of the past year. If you somehow missed any of these trends, this is also a good way to get yourself up to speed on what you missed.

For the 2017 version of the report, Google created an interactive web site that lets you scroll through topics like the most viewed videos in different categories, some of the hottest content creators on the platform, and trends that dominated viewers eyes during 2017. At the end viewers can take a quiz covering the Rewind content.

As far as the things that viewers spent their time on during 2017, the range is quite extensive. YouTube starts out highlighting a BBC interview in which some children walk in on the interviewee to the song Despacito to fidget spinners and April the Giraffe. The biggest video in terms of views was Despacito which has logged an eye-popping 4.4 billion views. Others with views in the billions include The Masked Singer and the Walking on Lava challenge. Keep in mind that these are numbers for the original source videos. In many cases, the related videos like spoofs and parodies can add up to multiples of the original numbers.

Some of the top trends and highlights included April the Giraffe, the RolexChallenge, Shooting Stars and Slime. One of the biggest main line entertainers on YouTube during 2017 was Ed Sheeran who ended up in two of the top ten videos, once for Carpool Karaoke and once for his song “Shape of You.”

If you want to see all of the items YouTube counted among the top of 2017, hit the source link or watch the video highlight below.

source: YouTube

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.