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YouTube’s Top 10, 2021 Showcases Record Year for Content Creators

By December 16, 2021February 3rd, 2022No Comments

YouTube 10 most watched videos (views) of 2021 according to CNET:

1) “I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive” – MrBeast (153M)

2) “Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters” – Dream (64M)

3) “Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested)” – Mark Rober (51M)

4) “Kids Make Fun of Boy With Autism, They Instantly Regret It” – Dhar Mann (46M)

5) “I Spent 100 Days in a Zombie Apocalypse in Minecraft… Here’s What Happened” – Forge Labs (44M)

6) “The Weeknd’s Full Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show” – NFL (43M)

7) “Golden Buzzer: Nightbirde’s Original Song Makes Simon Cowell Emotional ” – America’s Got Talent (38M)

8) “Game Night Stereotypes” – Dude Perfect (30M)

9) “Friday Night Funkin’ Keeps Getting Better and Better (Part 2)” – CoryxKenshin (22M)

10) “The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris | Jan. 20th, 2021” – Biden Inaugural Committee (14M)

Note: This list was released before MrBeast’s “$456,000 Squid Game In Real Life!”.  More on that below.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach is the Chief Executive Officer of Cross Screen Media, a media analytics and software company that enables marketers to plan, activate, and measure CTV and linear TV at the local level. Michael is also the founder and editor of State of the Screens, a weekly newsletter focused on video advertising that is a must-read for thought leaders in the advertising industry. He has appeared in such publications as PBS Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.