YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has “almost one-third of all people on the Internet” using it. It’s also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement.
Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube’s Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months.
Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 — like Fifth Harmony’s Work From Home, The Chainsmokers’s Closer and Justin Bieber’s Sorry — and most of this year’s pop culture icons, the reel is just over six minutes long.
YouTube Rewind takes a look back at 2016 using a string of video spoofs and mentions from cultural stars
As for cultural touchstones, Pokemon Go gets a nod, while James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, Dude Perfect, Kanye’s Famous and Pikotaro also get visual mentions.
The video itself has an interesting mix of likes and dislikes, favouring the former with 1.1-million upvotes, and just under 150 000 dislikes. The video itself has been viewed just over 21.2-million times, sitting at number seven in YouTube’s Trending list.
To relive some of the past year’s fun moments, have a look at the video below.
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