Now we know how you win YouTube: dress your dog up as a spider and have it run around a town at night frightening locals. A Polish prankster’s video — ‘Mutant Giant Spider Dog’ — came the top of YouTube’s top trending videos list, announced as part of its review of 2014.
It beat competition from a video from Nike, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Wayen Rooney, and the First Kiss video that saw complete strangers smooch each other.
YouTube compiled the list based on “views, shares, comments, likes and more”, and aimed to represent “the amazing variety of creativity” on the site.
The list also features videos that gave rise to some of the biggest news stories of the year.
YouTube’s full ‘top trending videos’ list
The iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test came off the back of reports that the iPhone 6 Plus had been made too big and too thin, and bent under force. (It did bend.)
And the video that showed the abuse and leering that a woman was subjected to after walking through New York for ten hours prompted new discussion on the treatment of women as well as hundreds of parodies.
The full list featured two pranks (a giant spider and a devil baby), two entrants into music competitions (from The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent) and two adverts (for Nike Football and Budweiser).
The full list is below — but it misses off our video highlight of the year: Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos. But the injustice is made up for slightly by the tiny hamster’s appearance in YouTube’s ‘Rewind’ video, nibbling on the YouTube logo at the end of the video.Reuse content