2011

2011 was all about believing in yourself, working a Web cam, stopping a street fight and holding a tiny umbrella. (PHOTO: Screen Capture / YouTube / Peggy Truong)

Ryan Gosling stopping a street fight. Grandparents using a Web cam for the first time. A slow loris holding a tiny umbrella.

These videos were just some of the viral gems that contributed to more than 1 trillion views on YouTube this year.

This week, the video sharing Web site released its annual most-watched list, according to number of views, and to no one's surprise, Rebecca Black's Friday music video came out on top (with more than 179 million views).

The 14-year-old's punchy production beat out a talking dog (74 million views), two Lonely Island videos (100 million views combined) and even a sweet cover of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, courtesy of a young Canadian girl named Maria Aragon (45 million views).

Numbers aside, let's forget Black, the Nyan cat and yes, even the talking babies in their diaper best.

Which videos did you send to your loved ones, coworkers and even strangers this year? Did you re-post the honey badger narration on your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr? What about the awesome video of the two British girls (in their princess outfits) who belted out a Nicki Minaj hit?

Here are the 10 best viral videos of 2011 (in no particular order):

Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll!


Nurse your bad day with this motivational message from the bike world's newest member.
Everybody! I know you can believe in yourself! If you believe in yourself, you will know how to ride a bike. If you don't, you just keep practicing! the young rider says.

Ryan Gosling Breaks Up Street Fight in NYC


Just when Gosling fans thought he couldn't do any more this year (3 films, award nominations, a handful of lady friends), the Canadian actor showed up in his nautical best and stopped a street fight in New York City.

Slow Loris holding a tiny umbrella


Is it the round head? Large eyes? Slow movement? Whatever it is, this pointless video of a slow loris holding a tiny umbrella made the rounds earlier this year, spawning more videos about slow lorises (eating, being tickled, just hanging out), and more of us wondering just why they're so darn cute.

Web cam 101 for Seniors


Bruce and Esther Huffman became instant stars when they accidentally recorded themselves trying to use a Web cam for the first time. The couple share a sweet moment halfway into the video, when Bruce tells his wife how pretty her hair looks.

Sophia Grace Brownlee and Cousin Rap to Nicki Minaj's Super Bass


Sophia Grace Brownlee, 8, sure knows how to rap in style. In their princess best, Sophia and her cousin Rosie, 5, belt out Super Bass in the most impressive -- and adorable -- fashion. Their YouTube presence even brought them to the Ellen DeGeneres talk show, the American Music Awards and a meeting with Minaj herself.

Honey Badger as narrated by Randall (warning, language may be offensive)


A nature video like no other. Honey badger don't care, Randall says, as a violin instrumental plays in the background.

Home cover by Jorge and Alexa Narvaez


The father-daughter duo warmed the hearts of more than 16 million viewers on YouTube this year, thanks to their powerful cover of Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. Jorge and Alexa have since produced more covers, including Adele's Rolling in the Deep and Chris Brown's Next To You.

29-year-old hears herself for the first time


Sarah Churman heard her own voice and laughter for the first time in September, when she received a hearing implant. Ah, bring on the warm and fuzzy.

Senior Citizen Flash Mob


A Last Christmas flash mob in the middle of a Kansas Target store done by senior citizens? Sure, why not.

Marcel the Shell Part 2


Thank you Jenny Slate, for making another episode of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.