Updated: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 21:47 | By Relaxnews

YouTube's top trending videos of 2013: Ylvis, Harlem, Miley and YOLO

In 2013, we learned what the fox said and discussed it at length in musical verse, joined in with the Harlem Shake, ate with the animals and saw Miley get a Chatroulette makeover.


YouTube's top trending videos of 2013: Ylvis, Harlem, Miley and YOLO

YouTube's top trending videos of 2013: Ylvis, Harlem, Miley and YOLO

Norway's Ylvisaker brothers accumulated 276 million views since September 3 with the musical meme of the moment, "The Fox," becoming international internet stars in the process.

It would have been the 4th most viewed music video of 2013, between offical videos for Katy Perry's "Roar" and "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, had YouTube included it in the more conventional rundown.

Music rules

In fact, music played a central part in four more of YouTube's top ten trending vids this year, as the Harlem Shake shook the unlikeliest of places, a surprise Chatroulette cover of "Wrecking Ball" put smiles on the faces of perfect strangers, "YOLO" united stars of pop, hip hop and comedy, and "Mozart vs Skrillex" pitted old against new.

Comedy central

By contrast, "How Animals Eat Their Food" needed no soundtrack other than the wails and grunts of wild beasts at trough time, "The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading" relied on a superb alternate dub, and "Mozart vs Skrillex" was -- depending on your point of view -- a celebration or decimation of two musical maestros.

Brand influence

2013 also cemented the influence of a well-orchestrated marketing campaign. Promos for Evian bottled water, Volvo trucks, and another film adaptation of "Carrie" comprised three of the year's top trending videos.

But after watching that dancing baby skit, who didn't think there was something dodgy in the water?

YouTube's Top Trending Videos for 2013

01. Ylvis - The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
September 3, 2013 | 276 million views | youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE

02. Harlem Shake (original army edition)
February 10, 2013 | 95 million views | youtu.be/4hpEnLtqUDg

03. How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann
April 8, 2013 | 88 million views | youtu.be/qnydFmqHuVo

04. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)
November 26, 2013 |78 million views | youtu.be/W6DmHGYy_xk

05. baby&me / the new evian film 
April 19, 2013 | 67 million views | youtu.be/pfxB5ut-KTs

06. Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme
November 13 | 59 million views | youtu.be/M7FIvfx5J10

07. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)
January 26 | 53 million views | youtu.be/z5Otla5157c

08. Telekinetic Coffee Shops Surprise
October 7 | 50 million views | youtu.be/VlOxlSOr3_M

09. THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading
January 15 | 44 million views | youtu.be/Zce-QT7MGSE

10. Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History
April 8 | 42 million views | youtu.be/_6Au0xCg3PI

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