Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2012

Not that we’re surprised, but Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” tops YouTube’s freshly released list of the 10 biggest videos of 2012. Along with the list, the website put together a fun video titled “YouTube Rewind Style” – a mash-up of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style” featuring some of YouTube’s biggest stars.

So take a walk down memory lane — or get caught up if you’ve been out of the loop — and check out the mash-up above and 2012’s top 10 videos below, along with YouTube’s description of each.

1) GANGNAM STYLE: PSY was 2012’s Internet breakout star as Gangnam Style approached 1 billion views and became YouTube’s most-watched video of all time in just 6 months.

2) WALK OFF THE EARTH: The biggest cover video of 2012 belonged to Canadian band Walk off the Earth, whose unconventional take on Gotye’s single became an international hit.

3) KONY 2012: For a week in March, the most-shared video in the world was a 30-minute doc from a nonprofit group driving unprecedented discussion and interest.

4) CALL ME MAYBE – GOMEZ, BIEBER, PENA: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and more kicked off the Call Me Maybe lip sync trend that helped make it 2012’s song of the summer.

5) EPIC RAP BATTLES – OBAMA VS ROMNEY: In 2012, ERB’s Season 2 drew over 250 million views and this political battle was one of the many, many videos we watched during the election season.

6) DRAMATIC SURPRISE: TNT’s launch in Belgium was accompanied by this epic stunt, becoming one of the most popular “ads” of the year.

7) WHY YOU ASKING ALL THEM QUESTIONS: Emmanuel Hudson teamed up with Spoken Reasons, producing 2012’s most entertaining commute.

8) LINDSEY STIRLING: Lindsey Stirling’s unexpectedly awesome combination of dubstep and violin helped make her channel a huge hit in 2012.

9) FACEBOOK PARENTING: Early in the year, this extreme look into father-daughter relationships in the age of social media sparked a storm of controversy and discussion.

10) STRATOS HIGHLIGHT: Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space was one of the most viewed live events ever with millions of viewers tuning in or watching these highlights.