YouTube went big for this year’s YouTube Rewind video, enlisting Avicii to write an original composition to compliment its annual mashup of the biggest hits, memes and trends of 2015. Released today, the latest Rewind video is called “YouTube Rewind 2015” and pays tribute to the first ten years of YouTube.
Shot in over 13 countries, the video features 150 YouTube creators, including Bethany Mota, Casey Niestat, Dan+Phil, Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Lilly Singh, PewdiePie, Swoozie and Tyler Oakley, among others. Music artists include T-Pain, Omi and “Friday” singer Rebecca Black, as well as talk show hosts James Corden and John Oliver. Everyone’s favorite double rainbow enthusiast, YosemiteBear, also makes an appearance.
Overall, the video features over 35 embedded references to 2015 memes and other highlights, including New York City’s beloved Pizza Rat. Watch it below:
Last year’s Rewind video, “Turn Down for 2014,” has been viewed nearly 100 million times.
To compliment the annual ode to hot videos, YouTube has also debuted a new feature called the YouTube Trending Tab for its desktop and mobile sites. As you’d expect, the tab aggregates all the popular content buzzing around at that moment. Per YouTube: “From the most-anticipated new trailers to the hottest music videos or viral clips from the biggest (and smallest) YouTube creators, the Trending Tab captures a list of videos with the most views and newsworthy or otherwise notable videos receiving rapid rises in viewership that are generating discussion on YouTube and off so you don’t miss the latest meme or watercooler moment.”
Along with the Rewind video, YouTube has released its annual batch of most-popular lists, covering trending videos, music clips and songs. The latter is a new list this go-round and looks at top tracks based on both official and fan-uploaded videos to the site.
Top Trending Videos
1. Silento – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn
2. Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial)
3. Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!
4. Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council
5. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon
6. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke
7. 6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon – 4K – The Slow Mo Guys
8. Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain’s Got Talent 2015
9. Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)
10. Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition
Top Music Videos
1. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
2. Maroon 5 – Sugar
3. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (Official Video)
4. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) (Official Music Video)
5. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar
6. David Guetta – Hey Mama (Official Video) ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
7. Sia – Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video)
8. Fifth Harmony – Worth It ft. Kid Ink
9. Adele – Hello
10. Silentó – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (Official)
(Based on views of official and fan-uploaded videos in 2015)
1. Uptown Funk
2. See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) – Universal Pictures Film Music
3. Thinking Out Loud
4. Gangnam Style
5. Blank Space
7. Shake It Off
8. All About That Bass
10. Cheerleader – Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit