YouTube’s 2013 Rewind pretty much covered all of the big videos of the year, but What’s Trending has dug a little deeper. Shira Lazar‘s YouTube channel teamed up with Tubular Labs to award 15 videos, channels, and creators that were particularly popular over the past year.
Tubular, which officially launched in August as an analytics platform aimed at YouTube creators, provided the data for the ‘awards’, which were spread across a number of different categories. There were no trophies involved; instead, What’s Trending and Tubular chose to use the results to discuss the big trends of the past year.
The usual suspects are all there: PewDiePie, The Harlem Shake, ‘The Fox’, Psy, etc. With popularity as the deciding metric, there were a winners who probably don’t deserve their plaudits (seriously, there were so many better prank videos in 2013 than Roman Atwood’s backfiring anniversary prank), but I’m glad to see a few of my favorite offerings from the year past–such as ‘After Ever After‘ and crazy hitchhiker Kai–made the cut.
All of the results were summed up in a recent video from What’s Trending, where Lazar runs through each category while accompanied by one of the winners in Taylor Swift parody artist Bart Baker.
Do you think that What’s Trending and Tubular were able to pinpoint the most influential videos of the year? More philosophically, do you think that the popular trends of the year properly represent what YouTube is all about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.