These are the top YouTube videos that went viral in 2017

Youtube releases its annual Rewind list

These are the top YouTube videos that went viral in 2017

Following "Despacito", Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" landed at No. 2 with more than 2.5 billion views and spawned a choreography video by Kyle Hanagami that finished No. 2 on YouTube's companion list of the top trending videos of the year.

Now, as a byproduct of policing its platform, YouTube will "jack up" ad prices on its top-performing channels by as much as 20%. The show, called The Mask Singer, requires performers to wear elaborate masks to hide their identities.

As part of its annual look back at the year that was through the lens of YouTube, Google has shared Canada's top YouTube videos of 2017. It's been produced in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and China, but this particular video is from a Thailand show.

The 24-year-old teacher wrote and performed the simple track which quickly went viral. Obviously, fidget spinners make a few appearances throughout, and at some point, the video deviates from its humorous nature to also remind us of the tragedies that occurred this year, such as the many hurricane devastations and the Vegas shooting, communicating a message of uniting together under tumultuous circumstances.

Not surprising, however, is that the list is dominated by Irish music - claiming the top four spots.

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The pop queen's Super Bowl halftime performance, which in typical Gaga fashion was brimming with theatrics, was watched 3.8 million times the day following the game, according to YouTube.

- A hilarious, bad lip reading of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Professor Robert Kelly's Skype interview with BBC News started just like any other video news clip. Facebook in May said it would hire 3,000 more people to review videos and posts, and, later, another 1,000 to review ads after discovering Russian ads meant to influence the USA presidential election.

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