YouTube has announced the top trending videos of 2022. What a year it has been! This year personal stories from regular people have been more influential than ever before. Videos featuring these narratives increased viewer engagement and allowed creators to connect with their audiences in a deeper way.
One of the most popular videos of the year featured Technoblade’s father recording a farewell message penned by his late son for viewers – an emotional moment that resonated with many. Dream also dropped his mask for a long-awaited hello and Jaiden Animations came out via her characteristic animated style, both generating a lot of buzzes.
Videos featuring traditional celebrities like Will Smith and Millie Bobby Brown gained new levels of relevance thanks to fans reinterpreting them through memes, parodies, and more. Top creators like MrBeast also brought viewers together with large-scale participatory challenges.
YouTube Top Trending Videos of 2022
The top trending videos of 2022 also include a Halftime Show that hit a note of nostalgia, Mark Rober’s latest attempt to foil phone scammers, and so much more!
Top YouTube Videos of 2022
In total, the Top Trending Videos were viewed more than 650 million times over 55 million hours, which is an increase from last year. The channels behind them have a combined 225 million subscribers.
- Technoblade – so long nerds
- Guardian News – Watch the uncensored moment Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, drops F-bomb
- Dream – hi, I’m Dream.
- NFL – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent FULL Pepsi SB LVI Halftime Show
- MrBeast – I Built Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!
- Mark Rober – Pranks Destroy Scam Callers- GlitterBomb Payback
- Jaiden Animations – Being Not Straight
- Kane Pixels – The Backrooms (Found Footage)
- The Try Guys – what happened.
- First We Feast – Millie Bobby Brown Needs a Milkshake
Top YouTube Shorts of 2022
This year’s Top Trending YouTube Shorts collectively are:
- Shangerdanger – Diver Cracks Egg at 45 ft Deep #Shorts
- Hingaflips – Sarah Trust Challenges
- Brodie That Dood – Come with me to shave my fluffy dog! #doggrooming #grooming #goldendoodle
- Chris Ivan – Dave and Busters Bet Me 1000 Tickets I Couldn’t Do THIS…
- Jay & Sharon – That GAP Between Your Car Seat and Center Console
- Adrian Bliss – Welcome to the stomach #shorts
- Zack D. Films – This Magic Trick EXPLAINED (America’s Got Talent)
- ILYA BORZOV – Social experiment | What would you do?
- PaulVuTV – Wife surprises husband at his office with pregnancy reveal! #Shorts
- NichLmao – If you catch it… YOU KEEP IT w/ MY GF (Funny) #shorts
Top YouTube Creators of 2022
MrBeast is in the lead for Top Creators yet again, and this time it’s his third year in a row. Some other well-known figures appear close behind him on the list, but there are also plenty of new faces who are making waves with their videos.
- Ryan Trahan
- Isaiah Photo
- Brent Rivera
- Dan Rhodes
- Luke Davidson
- Ian Boggs
Wow! What a year it was for YouTube in 2022. From personal stories to large-scale participatory challenges, the top trending videos show that individual, online communities are more influential than ever before. We can’t wait to see what YouTube has in store for us next year!
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