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YouTube's most popular trending videos of 2014

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






2014's best videos — according to YouTube

YouTube just released its year-end list of most popular, most clicked on, trending videos of 2014. The results might surprise you... or completely freak you out.

#10: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

by Street HarassmentVideo

This video launched a thousand cable news segments and proves only one thing: Women aren't safe walking in public alone. This happens every day, to girls everywhere, walking down the street in jeans and a T-shirt, and we should be ashamed of that. Maybe that's why it drew so much attention.

#9: Goku vs Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3

by ERB

This guy totally owns the green screen nerd rap game. But it really just feels like a joke I'm not in on. But maybe it's for you. Also, you might want to turn down the volume a bit before playing this video. Kind of a turn off.

#8: Devil Baby Attack

by DevilsDueNYC

These dudes spent a weird amount of time and energy making this possessed baby in a stroller to scare the crap out of unsuspecting pedestrians. Well played, super twisted, and not for everyone, for sure.

#7: Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — "Puppy Love"

by Budweiser

You can count on it every year; the first commercial break of the Super Bowl. Budweiser is going to own the moment. They totally delivered this year with this little "Puppy Love" ad. In fact, if you watch this with someone and they don't cry, there might be something wrong with them.

#6: Bars & Melody — Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act | Britain's Got Talent 2014

by Britain's Got Talent

Working class kids with English accents rapping about their experience with bullying makes for a heartfelt performance on Britain's Got Talent. But the obvious dollar signs flashing in Simon Cowell's eyes give it a slightly creepy vibe.

#5: iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test

by Unbox Therapy

The "Doh!" heard round the world was confirmed on this video showing a nerd dude bending the iPhone 6 Plus with his bare thumbs. Pretty lame for a $300 phone, Apple.

More: YouTube's top trending ads of 2014

#4: The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia — #TEAMJ-AX

by TheVoiceOf Italy

A nun nails Alicia Keys on The Voice Italy. It sells itself. But it's worth watching for the judges' reactions to the big reveal.

#3: FIRST KISS

by Tatia PIlieva

Twenty strangers kiss and it's oddly… magical. Tender and honest and awkward, you'll watch and experience your own first makeout sesh all over again.

#2: Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimovic', Iniesta & more

by Nike Football

No one does sports-porn-meets-hero-worship with quite the same energy as Nike's ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. And this year's second most clicked video on YouTube is chock-full of the sports elite showing the world why they get paid the big bucks. Aside from some unbelievably fancy footwork, the best part is the kid who steps in nodding to Cristiano Ronaldo and taking the free kick for the score. A killer soundtrack of Eagles of Death Metal doesn't hurt either. Goal indeed.

#1: Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega)

by SA Wardega

Props on the sheer pee-in-your-pants fear factor and commitment to the bit, both on the part of the Giant Mutant Spider dog and the producers. We haven't seen pranks this elaborate and well executed since a couple of Jackass movies ago.

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