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A Musical Tribute from YouTube

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    Recently, YouTube released a video commemorating some of 2012′s most popular videos. It features stars such as Walk Off the Earth, who did a very unique cover of Gotye‘s song “Somebody I used to know” (and who Urban Times had a chance to interview), to individuals behind the widely viewed rap parody battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, to the man behind the infamous song, Gangnam Style, Psy. This commemoration also showcases clips from Kony 2012, a viral video that got everyone talking for about a week until people criticized it for distorting content, and even a re-enactment of Felix Baumgartner‘s supersonic freefall from 128K by a YouTube star, known as Nigahiga.

    It’s a fun and nostalgic video that stands as a great proof of how powerful social media has transcended in our culture today. Evidently, social media has the ability to connect vast numbers of people around the world more than ever before. Through social media we are now also able to experience and witness thousands of different fields that range from the ultra-niche to the truly remarkable and innovative ideas.

     Here’s the rest of the Top 10 YouTube videos of 2012:

    1. Gangnam Style” by Psy
    2. Somebody That I Used to Know”  cover by Walk Off the Earth  also known as “5 people, 1 guitar”
    3. KONY 2012
    4. Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen ft. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and etc.
    5. Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Epic Rap Battles of History” by Obama impersonator Alphacat.
    6. A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square
    7. Why You Asking All Them Questions” by comedian, Emmanuel Hudson
    8. Lindsey Sterling
    9. Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teens,” which features a father’s reaction to his daughter’s Facebook post.
    10. Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128K