Viral videos of the year

November 28, 2012

South Korean rap star Psy's music video Gangnam Style has become the most watched item ever posted to YouTube with more than 800 million views.

The record was the latest pop culture victory for Psy, 34, a portly rap singer who has become one of the most unlikely global stars of 2012. So, Gangnam Style is definitely the top viral video of the year.

In his Gangnam Style video Psy raps in Korean and dances in the style of an upper-crust person riding an invisible horse.

The official YouTube view count for Gangnam Style represents only the figure for the original video posted to the site, but copycat versions, parodies and videos by people commenting on the song have been posted to the site and elsewhere on the Web.

Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda, created the film Kony 2012. They hoped it would accelerate the arrest of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, who has been kidnapping and abducting Uganda’s youth for nearly three decades.

With more than 100 million views in six days, Kony 2012 became a viral video.

A dramatic surprise on a quiet square

A Dramatic Surprise On a Quiet Street, an ad by TNT, takes place in a 'little town in Belgium' in a 'square where nothing really happens.' TNT’s ad agency, Duval Guillaume Modem, placed a large red button there and invited passers-by to 'Push to Add Drama'.

The ad, which was released on April 11, has been shared over 4 million times.

Well, close to Belgium, in Germany one Guy Tries To Cannonball Through Ice. The video was an instant hit. This German man didn't make quite the splash he was hoping for, when his attempted cannonball ended with a painful thud.

The video was shared more than 1.5 million times.

Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know is a smash hit itself. In fact, it's one of YouTube's most-viewed clips ever — it's been shared over 17 million times.

An arrrested drunk guy singing Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was another viral video.

Robert Wilkinson, a 29-year-old was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for intoxication. After pleading his case in slurred speech, he decided to describe his ordeal by belting out Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The performance has been shared over one million times.

Other viral videos that we have selected include:

Scariest elevator prank ever: This video will certainly make all who watch it a bit more cautious the next time they step into an elevator.

Fake celebrity prank - In a YouTube video clip that recently went viral, a guy who goes by the name of Thomas Elliott was able to make people think he was a famous celebrity.

Prince Charles reading weather report -  Prince Charles read the weather report with a flourish while on a visit to BBC Scotland and joked: "Who the hell wrote this script?"

Lion attacks toddler through glass - A Home video caught the moment a huge male lion tries to get his claws on three-year-old Sofia Walker at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand.