Top 10 Viral Videos of 2011

Spend much of your day watching YouTube videos? You're not alone. On the average day, three billion YouTube videos are played on computer and phone screens around the world. Forty-eight hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Here are the 10 videos that most captured the world in 2011.

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Spend much of your day watching YouTube videos? You're not alone. On the average day, 3 billion YouTube videos are played on computer and phone screens around the world. Forty-eight hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Here are the 10 videos that most captured the world in 2011.
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<b>No. 10: Cat mom hugs baby kitten</b> No internet top 10 list is complete without the obligatory cat item. And this one, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0">where a mother cat hugs its tiny kitten</a>, is pretty adorable. The video, posted to YouTube in May, went viral after appearing on Reddit. More than 37 million people have watched it.
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<b>No. 9: The Force: Volkswagen commercial</b> For the third straight year, a commercial makes YouTube's top 10 list. This time, it's the Super Bowl ad where <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0">a boy in a Darth Vader costume thinks he uses The Force to start his dad's car</a>. Watched by 45 million on YouTube, Darth Vader joins the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE">Old Spice guy</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PHnRIn74Ag">Evian's roller babies</a> as ads on year-end lists.
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<b>No. 8: Maria Aragon - Born This Way (cover of Lady Gaga)</b> 10-year-old Maria Aragon's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG0wi1m-89o">cover of Gaga's hit</a> was simple — just her with a keyboard. But her voice and her passion captured 45 million viewers, including Lady Gaga. A month after Maria posted the video, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhbq-tNM2Sw&feature=related">Gaga invited her onstage</a> to sing the song with her.
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<b>No. 7: The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj and John Waters)</b> The Lonely Island crew (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) may be best known for its "Saturday Night Live" sketches, but its videos have been Internet gold the last few years. "<a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0">The Creep</a>," with guests John Waters and Nicki Minaj, got more than 48 million page views.
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<b>No. 6: Look At Me Now - Karmin (cover of Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes)</b> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khCokQt--l4" target="_blank">Karmin's cover of the Chris Brown song</a> landed her an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" — and a record deal. Nearly 50 million watched the video.
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<b>No. 5: Nyan Cat</b> Yes, that's an animated cat with a Pop Tart for a body flying through space. And yes, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4" target="_blank">the video</a> plays cheesy music which repeats "nyan nyan nyan" over and over while the cat flies and flies. For more than three-and-a-half minutes. And yes, we all love it. The Nyan Cat has become an internet sensation, and more than 53 million people have watched it fly, complete with the rainbow trailing out of its Pop Tart. Nyan nyan nyan. Nyan nyan.
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<b>No. 4: Talking twin babies</b> Do 15-month-old twins Sam and Ren McEntee really have their own secret language? It sure seems like it <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JmA2ClUvUY" target="_blank">in this video</a>. Even The New York Times <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/toddler-twins-secret-language-or-babble/" target="_blank">wondered if they were babbling meaninglessly or carrying on a conversation</a>. More than 56 million watched the video, including, strangely, 1% of the entire Philippines.
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<b>No. 3: Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)</b> The Lonely Island boys are back, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY" target="_blank">this time clubbing with Michael Bolton</a> — who, they discover, is quite the cinephile. More than 60 million people watched the video, which explores Bolton's obsession with "Pirates of the Caribbean" and other movies.
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<b>No. 2: Ultimate dog tease</b> What would you do if you had a talking dog? The answer is obvious: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw" target="_blank">Tease him by describing the delicious bacon and steak you have in the fridge, then break its heart by telling him that you've already eaten it</a>. In this video, you can see the dog's heart break at the 28-second mark.
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<b>No. 1: Rebecca Black - Friday</b> You either love it or hate it. (You probably hate it, but you've seen it.) More than 12 million watched Black's "Friday" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0" target="_black">on YouTube</a>. But only 78,830 hit the "like" button, while nearly 300,000 disliked it. It set off a wave of parodies — including a "Family Guy" scene where <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEooeVbA4U8" target="_blank">watching the video killed Peter Griffin</a>.
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