YouTube reveals most popular videos of 2019, year after hugely controversial ‘Rewind’ post

YouTube has revealed its most watched videos of 2019, a year after its “Rewind” feature proved to be the site’s least popular ever.

The Rewind video – which usually brings together the site’s biggest names for a slick reminder of everything that happened during the year – is yet to go live. Last year, the video was hugely controversial, and went onto receive a huge number of dislikes for leaving out some of the site’s most popular stars.

But YouTube has revealed its Rewind data, which shows all of the videos that proved to be the most watched of the year. The video is expected to come later.

Liverpool’s Uefa Champions League defeat of Barcelona was the most popular video on YouTube for UK users in 2019, YouTube said.

This year’s top-trending videos feature a mix of sporting moments, as well as a feud between YouTubers, and TV highlights from The Late Late Show with James Corden and Britain’s Got Talent.

Best bits of the 4-0 Liverpool-Barcelona game, posted by BT Sport, has attracted more than 9.8 million views globally since being posted in May.

Make-up and beauty YouTube personality James Charles came second with his No More Lies video, a response to fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook.

In the music-only category for the UK, British rapper Stormzy’s music video for Vossi Bop takes the top spot, with Sam Smith, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande also among the highest-trending.

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing’s Dianne Buswell has been named the number one breakout creator, based on UK subscribers.​

Additional reporting by agencies


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