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Top 100 Video Trends of 2012

The Viral Video Took on New Meaning This Year

— December 30, 2012 — Pop Culture
Though dancing cats and covers of Gangnam Style were prominent video trends of 2012, the viral sphere was made up of much more than that. This year, it seemed everybody on the Internet decided it was time to start their vlog, resulting in endless hilarious, horrifying and informative videos to choose from.

If you're looking for a laugh, we would suggest obsessive relationship parodies starring the now-iconic 'Overly Attached Girlfriend,' or the beauty-mocking track (and accompanying, equally ridiculously music video) 'Hot Girl Problems' -- if you're trying to have your mind blown, maybe the real-life male Barbie is more or thing.

Whether you're looking to update your personal style with DIY clothing clips or haute hair tutorials, or shed a tear to the athletic parent-acknowledging ads, there's sure to be a video trend for you. Take a peek at our Video Trend Report to figure out what this means for your business.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Canine Captured Videos
Canine Captured Videos
Johnny Neon 'Hearts' Film Clip Shows a Day in the Life of a Dog
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95
Suicidal Fashion Films
Suicidal Fashion Films
The Placebo/Love Drops Video by Bless By Bless is a Morbid Tale of Love
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94
World-End Surfing Clips
World-End Surfing Clips
The 'Apocalypse Later, Surf Now' Short Shows Severe Sport Dedication
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93
Pop Song Belting Presidents
Pop Song Belting Presidents
Barack Obama Sings Call Me Maybe With Poise
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92
Sun-Seeking Appvertising
Sun-Seeking Appvertising
The Ray-Ban ‘Bright Light' App Keeps Users Out of the Dark
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91
Workplace Reality Parodies
Workplace Reality Parodies
'Sh*t Office Girls Say' Unveils Common Phrases from Females
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90
Cryptic Cinematic Copies
Cryptic Cinematic Copies
The LEGO Inception Video is Mind Blowing and Remarkable
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89
Dramatic Midnight Escapades
Dramatic Midnight Escapades
The Gucci Nocturne Video is Thrillingly Risque
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88
Three-Dimensional Film Dissection
Three-Dimensional Film Dissection
Red Letter Media Re-Releases Star Wars Review in 3D
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87
Rocking Designer Perfume Ads
Rocking Designer Perfume Ads
The Liv Tyler Givenchy Music Video is Rock and Roll Chic
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86
Politician Rapper Remixes
Politician Rapper Remixes
'Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up' is Supercut
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85
Blocked Batman Trailers
Blocked Batman Trailers
The Dark Knight Rises in LEGO Clip is Intense and Hilarious
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84
Technology-Ruined Romance Videos
Technology-Ruined Romance Videos
Shing02 then-n-now Music Video Shows How Technology is Isolating
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83
Beer Can-Created Anthems
Beer Can-Created Anthems
The Molson 'Canadian National Canthem' Looks Forward to Canada Day
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82
Mobile Morning-After Cures
Mobile Morning-After Cures
‘Hangover Heaven' Refreshes You in Minutes
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81
Abbreviated Stealth Game Stories
Abbreviated Stealth Game Stories
'Metal Gear Solid Lore in a Minute' Chronicles Solid Snake's Tale
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80
Intentionally Viral Videos
Intentionally Viral Videos
'Une Fille Comme Les Autres' by Jalouse Magazine is a Parisian Dream
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79
Kitty Social Network Sites
Kitty Social Network Sites
The Hilarious 'Meowbook' Parody is a Play on Facebook
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78
Japanese-Raver Street Surfers
Japanese-Raver Street Surfers
The LRG Skate Video is 90s-Neon and Inspired by Gasper Noe
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77
Escapist Video Lookbooks
Escapist Video Lookbooks
The 7 Diamonds SS12 Campaign is a Rugged Take on Menswear
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76
Plotting Housewife Videos
Plotting Housewife Videos
The Adult by Ceremony Music Video is Reminiscent of Sylvia Plath
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75
Stunning Desert Surfer Films
Stunning Desert Surfer Films
Electric Blue Heaven by Globe Features Superstar Dion Agius
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74
Corporate Zombie Mashups
Corporate Zombie Mashups
'Walking Dead Mad Men Blends Blends Two Hit TV Shows
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73
Wall-Climbing Canines
Wall-Climbing Canines
‘TreT-The Parkour Dog’ is a Super Dog from Ukraine
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72
Superhero Smartphone Squabbles
Superhero Smartphone Squabbles
Heroes Compare Cell Phone Technology at the Super Cafe
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71
Official Olympic Themes
Official Olympic Themes
The Muse 'Survival' Song Captures the Intensity of the Games
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70
Dudeified Film Subtitles
Dudeified Film Subtitles
Classic Movies Subtitled for Bros Contains So Much Truth
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69
Interactive Beer Films
Interactive Beer Films
The Kokanee 'It's the Movie Out Here' Contest is Making Movie History
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68
Fashion Model Rockers
Fashion Model Rockers
Heidi Klum Rocks Out With Her Debut Song ‘Turn Up the Night’
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67
Boisterous Barbecue Shoots
Boisterous Barbecue Shoots
Abby Brothers Hosts a Hot Skater Boy Party
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66
Time-Lapse Construction Videos
Time-Lapse Construction Videos
One World Trade Tower Video Shows Rebuilding of the Trade Center
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65
Chalk Weapon Warfare
Chalk Weapon Warfare
Chalk Warfare 2 is an Awesome Twist on Your Standard Video Game
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64
Hilarious Extreme Weather Clips
Hilarious Extreme Weather Clips
The Ultimate Hurricane Reporter Fails Compilation is Amusing
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63
Animation Out-Take Clips
Animation Out-Take Clips
The Lion King 3D Blooper Reel is Side-Splitting
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62
Back-to-Life 3D Performances
Back-to-Life 3D Performances
The Tupac Coachella Hologram by AV Concepts is Incredibly Convincing
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61
Hitchcock-Inspired Fashion
Hitchcock-Inspired Fashion
The David Dixon 2012 Collection Pays Homage to Film 'The Birds'
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60
Scandalous Male Stripping Flashmobs
Scandalous Male Stripping Flashmobs
A Nivea Advertisement Turns Up the Heat to Promote its Product
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59
Pop-Up Tents
Pop-Up Tents
The Hanemaai ‘Stretch Out’ Portable Indoor Tent Kit Turns a Space Into a
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58
Intricate Salt Installations (UPDATE)
Intricate Salt Installations (UPDATE)
Motoi Yamamoto's 'Return to the Sea: Saltworks' is Stunning
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57
Sci-Fi Pop Song Remixes
Sci-Fi Pop Song Remixes
'Star Wars that I Used to Know' Expresses Disdain for Saga's Latest Films
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56
Korean Pop House Decorations
Korean Pop House Decorations
A Halloween Light Show Gangnam Style in Leesburg Lights Up the Sky
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55
Viral Song Wedding Parodies
Viral Song Wedding Parodies
The Gangnam Style Wedding Video is Hilarious and Fun
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54
Athletic Parenting Acknowledgements
Athletic Parenting Acknowledgements
The London 2012 Olympic Procter and Gamble Commercial is Sweet
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53
Personal Victory Bands
Personal Victory Bands
The Red Stripe Reggae Orchestra Makes the Day Better
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52
Wizard of Oz Auto Shoots
Wizard of Oz Auto Shoots
The 'Icons of Style' Mercedez-Benz Film by Alex Prager is Theatric
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51
Star Wars-Like Autos
Star Wars-Like Autos
The Aerofex Flying Bike Goes at Lightning Speed
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50
Aquatic Drinking Tables
Aquatic Drinking Tables
The ‘PORTOPONG’ Inflatable Beer Pong Table Revolutionizes the
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49
Modern Day Fairy Tales
Modern Day Fairy Tales
The 'Beauty and the Beast' CW Remake is a Redone Classic
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48
Magical Sorting Hat Spoofs
Magical Sorting Hat Spoofs
The ‘Sorted This Way’ Video is a Hysterical Take on Hogwart
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47
Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
The Raphael Haddad In Bed with Invader Video is a Street-Art Must
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46
Plush Toy Mosh Pits
Plush Toy Mosh Pits
‘San Diego’ Video by Elos Arma Pushes New Music
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45
Bi-Cycle of Life Films
Bi-Cycle of Life Films
The 'Corn Fed: Morning Routine' Video is for True Bike Enthusiasts
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44
Secret Winter Wonderland Ads
Secret Winter Wonderland Ads
The Coca-Cola Magic Machine Brings the Joy of Xmas to Visitors
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43
Fashionable Model Giveaways
Fashionable Model Giveaways
River Viiperi Gives Away Pieces From the Versace for H&M Collection
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42
DIY Denim Repair Tutorials
DIY Denim Repair Tutorials
The Nudie Jeans Repair Kit Helps You Bring Old Jeans Back to Life
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41
Human Fury Face Memes
Human Fury Face Memes
The 'Rage Comics: In Real Life' Video Shows Authentic Angry Expressions
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40
Doomsday Fashion Films
Doomsday Fashion Films
The Six Lee Fall/Winter 2012 Line is Astronomical
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39
Kaleidoscopic Origami Portraits
Kaleidoscopic Origami Portraits
Jesse Yules Creates a Stunning Folded Painting Music Video
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38
Underwater Shark Viewing Cars
Underwater Shark Viewing Cars
The ‘Volkswagen Beetle Mobile Shark Cage’ is a Submerged
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37
Animated Art
Animated Art
Trend Hunter Josh Triantafilou Presents Musical Paintings
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36
Social Media Disappointment Songs
Social Media Disappointment Songs
'I Like You Better On Facebook' by Livia Scott is Hilarious
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35
Humans As Automobiles
Humans As Automobiles
Artist Emma Hack Creates a Car Out of 17 Men and Women
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34
Historical Hipster Music Vids
Historical Hipster Music Vids
Lana Del Rey's Born To Die Music Video
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33
Web Hit Increasing Charts
Web Hit Increasing Charts
The Anatomy of Going Viral Infographic Lists Ways to Generate Traffic
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32
Devotion Doll Dramas
Devotion Doll Dramas
A Toy Love Story That Will Make You Cry isn't Kidding Around
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31
News-Focused Body Art
News-Focused Body Art
Chaos Crew Makes Tattoo History with the Calf-Skin Poster
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30
City Skater Lookbooks
City Skater Lookbooks
The ONLY NYC INC Spring 2012 Collection is Raw
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29
Hipster Love Song Videos
Hipster Love Song Videos
The Mika 'Make You Happy' Piece is Catchy
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28
Oceanic Video Installations
Oceanic Video Installations
The 1 of 18 Made by Humans Video Loop is Magical
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27
Disney-fied Action Trailers
Disney-fied Action Trailers
The Disney Hunger Games Spoof is Shockingly Spot-on
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26
Political Remix
Political Remix
Jennifer Gosnell Discusses Political Rapper Remixes
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25
Tattooed Model Musical Clips
Tattooed Model Musical Clips
Rico The Bull**** Dodger is the Latest Film Short for Vogue Italia
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24
Stop Motion Films
Stop Motion Films
Trend Hunter Andrew Robertson Discusses Animated Facial Hair Shorts
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23
Freaky Rapper Fashions
Freaky Rapper Fashions
The Die Antwoord by Alexander Wang SS 2012 Collaboration is Fresh and Funky
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22
Superhero Mashups
Superhero Mashups
Trend Hunter Annie Ho Takes a Look at Morphing Batman Characters
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21
Obsessive Relationship Parodies
Obsessive Relationship Parodies
Overly Attached Girlfriend Infuses Call Me Maybe With Paranoia
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20
Experimental Films
Experimental Films
Trend Hunter Andrew Robichaud Uncovers Viral Yo-Yo Videos
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19
Crowdsourced Sci-Fi Films
Crowdsourced Sci-Fi Films
Star Wars Uncut is a Fan-Made Masterpiece
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18
Flash Dance Videos
Flash Dance Videos
Trend Hunter’s Kevin Young Discusses the Best Flash Routines
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17
Sweet Heartfelt Treats
Sweet Heartfelt Treats
These Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes Sport a Cute Heart Cutout
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16
Adorably Misinterpreted Memes
Adorably Misinterpreted Memes
The 'Misunderstood Girlfriend' Meme Gets a New Look Post-Bieber
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15
Cosmetic Transformations
Cosmetic Transformations
Restorative Tattooing Featured on Trend Hunter's TV Promo
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14
Retro Duo Fashion Films
Retro Duo Fashion Films
The 'Living is a Gamble' Video by Graham Dunn is Carefree
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13
Head-Covering Cushions (UPDATE)
Head-Covering Cushions (UPDATE)
The Kawamura-Ganjavian Ostrich Pillow Lets You Rest in Public
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12
Recycled Cycle Challenge Films
Recycled Cycle Challenge Films
'Making of Orto Bikes' Video Shows 20 Artists, 20 Bikes in 10 Days
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11
Frowning Kitten Videos
Frowning Kitten Videos
Tarder Sauce is a Famous Grumpy Cat with Over Four Million YouTube Views
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10
Guerrilla Graffiti Footgear Campaigns
Guerrilla Graffiti Footgear Campaigns
The Converse 'Just Add Color' Projects Keeps Things Bright
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9
Interactive Bicycle-Building Stores
Interactive Bicycle-Building Stores
The Inverted Bike Shop Lets Customers Go Behind-the-Scenes
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8
Satan-Worshiping Streetwear
Satan-Worshiping Streetwear
The Actual Pain 2012 Spring Collection Has Satanic Swag
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7
Beauty-Mocking Songs
Beauty-Mocking Songs
'Hot Problems' by Double Take is Comical
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6
Smart Phone Projectors
Smart Phone Projectors
The 'PRJ016 iPhone Micro Projector' Displays Your Work on the Big Screen
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5
Tattoo-Sharing Fragrance Promos
Tattoo-Sharing Fragrance Promos
DIESEL Invites Inked Individuals to Share their Design Stories
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4
Everyday Champion Advertisements
Everyday Champion Advertisements
The Nike 'Find Your Greatness' Commercial is Empowering
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3
Mid-Traffic Marriage Shots
Mid-Traffic Marriage Shots
Yonge and Dundas Wedding Photo Shoot Interrupts Intersection
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2
Rebel Character Manicures
Rebel Character Manicures
The 'Hunger Games' Nails by Cutepolish are Fierce and Chic
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1
Real Life Male Barbies
Real Life Male Barbies
The Human Ken Doll is Unnaturally Beautiful
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