Most watched YouTube videos in 2011

Mountain Biker being hit by buck is the most-watched YouTube community video in South Africa

By - December 20, 2011

In a year when YouTube hit 48 hours of content uploaded every minute, viewers in South Africa couldn’t get enough of ‘Buck Norris’, Nando’s ‘Last Dictator Standing’ and Ard Matthews’ blundering national anthem.

The most-watched YouTube videos of 2011 reflect the people, places and events that captured our attention and imagination throughout the year.

“The 10 most-watched YouTube videos of 2011 show that around the world, whatever language we speak, there are certain things that bring us all together around a computer screen or mobile phone – adorable babies, talented performers, and clever advertising,” said YouTube Trends Manager, Kevin Allocca.

In South Africa, the most-watched YouTube community videos of 2011 were:

1. Mountain Biker gets taken out by BUCK – CRAZY Footage – Only in Africa

2. Nandos | Last Dictator Standing

3. Ard Matthews ruins the SA National Anthem

4. Shark Attack

5. Japan earthquake: CCTV video of tsunami wave hitting Sendai airport

6. Ultimate Dog Tease

7. Tornado approaching Duduza, East Rand, South Africa

8. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

9. The T-Mobile Royal Wedding

10. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Flash Mob

And the most watched music videos in South Africa were:

1. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

2. Zahara – Loliwe

3. Ard Matthews ruins the SA National Anthem.mpg

4. Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls)

5. Adele – ”Someone Like You”

6. DJ Sbu feat. Zahara Mkutukane – Lengoma

7. Professor “Lento” ft Speedy

8. Braaiday – (Rebecca Black “Friday” Parody)

9. Coldplay – Paradise

10. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

Globally, the most-watched YouTube community videos were:

1. Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

2. Ultimate Dog Tease

3. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

4. Talking Twin Babies – PART 2 – OFFICIAL VIDEO

5. Nyan Cat [original]

6. Look At Me Now – Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes (Cover by @KarminMusic)

7. The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)

8. Maria Aragon – Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga

9. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

10. Cat mom hugs baby kitten

Some highlights from other categories include:

Global most watched video ads of the year (excluding music videos and trailers):

1. VW – The Force

2. T-Mobile – Royal Wedding

3. Chrysler – Imported From Detroit

4. DC Shoes – Ken Block’s Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial

5. smartwater – Jennifer Aniston goes viral

6. Team Hot Wheels – The Yellow Driver’s World Record Jump

7. Old Spice – Scent Vacation

8. Apple – Introducing Siri on iPhone 4S

9. Samsung – Unleash Your Fingers

10. adidas – D Rose: adiZero Rose 2 The Bull

Global most watched sports:

1. mcsmcc: Mountain Biker gets taken out by BUCK – CRAZY Footage – Only in Africa

2. MessiGoals2010: Balotelli failed trick shot – Mancini takes him out

3. Unitridersaus: World First BMX Triple Backflip – Jed Mildon May 28, 2011

4. WOODTV8: Fennville tops Bridgeman

5. MrSprts12: Evan Longoria’s Crazy Bare Hand Catch

Global most watched pets and animals:

1. dragomirnet86: Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten

2. foodplot: Denver Official Guilty! Dog Video

3. teakdc: Кот ушёл / Cat gone

4. LNeilB2: Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Friend Behind

5. noobdaily: Cat gets caught barking by a human and resumes meowing

Global most watched science:

1. yesterday2221: What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

2. brusspup: Incredible Shade Illusion!

3. MrJonathanpost: 3D No glasses by Jonathan Post

4. NeilMonday: Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane

5. brusspup: Impossible Balls Illusion!

Global most watched wedding/proposal:

1. MattandGinny – Greatest Marriage Proposal Ever!!!

2. thecalgarian1 – Crazy Marriage Proposal – Guy falls off building

3. MarveisDanceCompany – Jamin’s Downtown Disney Flashmob Proposal

4. LeftRightSevenProd – Food Court Proposal Gone Bad

5. flashmobamerica – OFFICIAL Trang and Nam Proposal

Also on YouTube during 2011:

  • YouTube reached 48 hours of video uploaded every minute.
  • YouTube receives more than 3 billion views a day
  • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • 175% year on year increase in YouTube views in South Africa
  • Local South African home fitness channel SixPackFactory recently achieved over 100k views on one day
  • Local South African drummer Deedlebag (Cobus Potgieter) gets around 100k views a day
  • Nigerian channel Nollywood Love saw 1.2 million unique visitors in its first six months of existence
  • More than 700bn playbacks and more than 13 million hours of video uploaded during 2010
  • On the African continent, local versions of YouTube were launched in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda
Share your thoughts

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us



How much do you plan to spend on Black Friday?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

New Nokia 230 unveiled

Nokia 230

Microsoft has unveiled the Nokia 230 feature phone.

Poco Supercomputer – a multi-function, Pi gadget for under R5,400


The Poco Supercomputer is a multi-function, credit card-size device – powered by the Raspberry Pi chipset.

Banks need to do more for online and mobile users

ABSA banking on laptop

Banks are failing to fully exploit online and mobile to engage customers, according to a global research study.

South African tech salaries: The Big Mac shootout

Big Mac

Here is how South African IT salaries compare with those in the United States, based on how many Big Macs you can buy with your monthly pay.


Newsletter Subscription

Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image

Free MyBroadband Newsletter