YouTube is celebrating a year in videos by marking the top trending ones in various categories through 2023. The top trending videos run the gamut, from a Rihanna performance to Mr. Beast’s latest antics, Corey Tonge and Adele. Some of the top videos in Canada include medicine being delivered by drones to Rwanda, tears shed at Putri Ariani’s America’s Got Talent audition, and real experiences at the Conjuring House.
Here’s an outline of the top YouTube videos in various categories for 2023.
Top Trending Videos
The number-one trending video on YouTube this year in Mr. Beast’s $1 vs $1,00,000,000 Yacht! video whereby the social media personality and philanthropist purchased a yacht for $1 and compares it to other yachts of various pricing (all out of the realm of purchase possibility for most of you reading this right now!) The video, which features some celebrity appearances as well, broke his own personal record by racking up 264 million views. Mr. Beast’s YouTube channel has 215 million subscribers, which means the video was viewed by more people than subscribe to him, or by several subscribers more than once. It also has 6.2 million likes.
Coming in second (though it was number-one in Canada specifically) was Rihanna’s full Apple Music Super Bowl LV11 halftime show. The artist delivered some of her greatest hits and shocked viewers by revealing that she was pregnant. In less than a year, the 13-and-a-half-minute video has already racked up 197 million views. To put this in perspective, that’s 59 times the number of subscribers to the NFL YouTube channel itself. Everyone who missed the performance was curious to see what all the fuss was about, and those who did watch from home might have wanted to take a second look.
Third on the list was Amazing Invention – This Drone Will Change Everything by Mark Rober. With 28 million views, the engineer and social media personality discusses robotics, drones, and deliveries of the future while visiting Rwanda to see how the technology could potentially be life changing. Rober has managed to attract a young audience of fans by making STEM topics fun and exciting. Rober himself has 28.1 million views which suggests his viewers are loyal and every single one will check out the most interesting videos he posts, like this one.
Rounding out the top 10 include Pedro Pascal Cries From His Head While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones, First We Feast; SIDEMEN CHARITY MATCH 2023 [OFFICIAL STREAM], Sidemen; Adele – The Final Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show with James Corden; Apple Vision Pro Impressions!, Marques Brownlee; Golden Buzzer: Putri Ariani receives the GOLDEN BUZZER from Simon Cowell | Auditions | AGT 2023, America’s Got Talent; Surviving A Week at The Real Conjuring House, Sam and Colby; and QUI EST L’IMPOSTEUR ? (ft Eric & Ramzy), SQUEEZIE.
Top Canadian Creators
Canadians are making waves on the social platform. The top Canadian creator with 13.4 million subscribers is Matt Larose. With a passion for movement and editing, he creates entertainment Parkour videos accomplishing crazy stunts. Corey Tonge has 11.2 million subscribers. He posts plenty of gaming related content about everything from Minecraft to Fortnite, making him popular among young viewers.
Kallmekris also made the list with 10.2 million subscribers. She promises “subpar content and some laughs” with videos about everything from crafts gone too far to details about the most sadistic serial killer you have never heard of and her expressions while watching chaotic TikToks.
Anna McNulty, a young self-taught contortionist has 7.8 million subscribers, making the list. Rounding out the top five is Iron Chef Dad, with 2.45 million subscribers, stars Canadian chef Susur Lee where he features various food-related videos, often featuring his son as well. See him do everything from try fast food for the first time to teach you how to make gourmet pizza or turn Panda Express into sushi.
Tonge and Iron Chef Dad are also considered among the top Canadian breakout creators along with Dori Roblox (2.77 million subscribers) which features videos from the gaming platform; Top Pops (2.56 million subscribers) with his channel dedicated entirely to Funko Pops and other Funko toys and merchandise; and Shahin (179,000 subscribers), a French-Canadian creator with videos about dating.
You might never have never heard of any of these people or channels. But if you have a teen or tween child at home, chances are they know exactly who these people are. It’s worth checking them out as well so you know what type of content your child is watching.
Top Music Videos
One interesting thing to note about the top music videos in Canada is that three of the top 10 are not in English language but rather Punjabi, including artists like Karan Aujla and Ikky. Other songs in the top 10 in Canada span country, Afrobeats, and even UK rap.
The overall top music video, however, was Miley Cyrus’ Flowers from MileyCyrusVEVO, which has 638 million views.
This is followed by Morgan Wallen’s Last Night (One Record At A Time Sessions), MorganWallenVEVO, which has 93 million views.
Third on the list is 52 Bars (Official Video) Karan Aujla | Ikky | Four You EP | First Song | Latest Punjabi Songs 2023, Karan Aujla with 71 million views.
Also making the top 10 was Oliver Anthony – Rich Men North Of Richmond, radiowv; PinkPantheress, Ice Spice – Boy’s a liar Pt. 2 (Official Video), Pinkpantheress; Minna Minna | Garry Sandhu ft Manpreet Toor ( Latest Punjabi Song 2023 ) Fresh Media Records, Fresh Media Records; Central Cee x Dave – Sprinter [Music Video], Central Cee; Take It Easy (Official Video) Karan Aujla. | Ikky | Four You EP | Latest Punjabi Songs 2023; Rehaan Records
Libianca – People (Official Video), LibiancaVEVO; and Ice Spice & Nicki Minaj – Princess Diana (Official Music Video), IceSpiceVEVO.
If you’re interested in shorts, the top shorts for the year include Rating Strangers Shots (Crazy Fail compilation) 😭🏀, Tuvok12; How long do trickshots take?, Tricksters; Gostra in Malta, The Wonton Don; Kid Fried Rice, Uncle Roger Shorts; and The World’s Strongest Chef, Jake Ceja.
The list proves that Canadians have an eclectic mix of tastes and we remain a country fueled by diversity as well as creativity. Here’s the more videos in 2024!