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YouTube unveils top videos of the year

A new list ranks the top YouTube content in South Africa and features local creators like the Mzansi Fresh Dancers, Wanitwa Mos and Master KG.

YouTube has unveiled lists ranking the top trending videos, music videos, Shorts, and creators in South Africa for 2022.

This year’s lists are reflective of the most talked about moments to unfold in on and offline this year, such as the NFL halftime show, the moment actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, a dancing Pretoria school teacher, and top South African musical talent like Wanitwa Mos.

“Every year, the YouTube End-of-Year Top lists give us in South Africa a valuable glimpse into what people in South Africa were most curious about,” says Zeph Masote, YouTube lead for South Africa. .”YouTube is the place where everyone comes to see what is happening in the world, while participating in today’s culture. Whether it’s Shorts creators fascinating millions such as the daring antics of Hingaflips, or iconic events such as that Will Smith slap, 2022 was an important year for us all and we cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us.”

This year, YouTube released five lists in South Africa

  1. Top Shorts (NEW): A list ranking the most viewed Shorts in 2022. 
  2. Top Trending Videos: A list ranking the most viewed Trending videos  in 2022. 
  3. Top Music Videos: A list ranking the most viewed music videos  in 2022. 
  4. Top Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022. This list includes long form, Shorts, and multiformat Creators.
  5. Breakout Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022 and channel tripling in size when compared to 2021 (+200% year-over- year growth). This list includes long form, Shorts, and multiformat creators.

The Top Trending Videos list is based on a range of factors – beyond just views – that indicate how “trending” a video really is. The YouTube Culture & Trends team also considers engagement and looks at signals like shares and likes of a certain video. 

YouTube recently announced that YouTube Shorts has over 1.5B logged-in viewers every month and is averaging over 30 billion daily views. The company also announced that YouTube paid more than 50 Billion (USD) to creators, artists, and media companies in the 3 years before June 2022.

More than two million people participate in YouTube’s partnerships program around the world. YouTube’s subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, now have more than 80 million users, including trailers, around the world. 

Below are the full End of Year lists for South Africa:

Top Trending Videos
Video TitleChannelURL
Watch the uncensored moment Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, drops F-bombGuardian News 
EPISODE 371 | Julius Malema on Politics , Winnie Mandela , ANCYL ,EFF, Corruption, Cyril RamaphosaMacG 
A Pretoria High School dancing teacher goes viralSABC News
You’re a bad, weak lawyer’ – Malema to AfriForum’s attorneyEyewitness News
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent FULL Pepsi SB LVI Halftime ShowNFL
Faces of Africa – Even The Gangsters Pt.2CGTN Africa
Full 68 Days Build Rolls Royce Boat Tail For My SonND – Woodworking Art
10 Bodybuilders Who Took It Too FarFactFile
The end of the road for JR? – Idols SA | S18 | Ep 03 | Mzansi Magic | PromoMzansiMagicOfficial
Top Shorts
Video TitleChannelURL
Diver Cracks Egg at 45 ft Deep #Shorts                                          Shangerdanger 
Sarah Trust ChallengesHingaflips 
Social experiment | What would you do?ILYA BORZOV
She used witchcraft to take our money (Baby almost cried)Tov Family 
Power Tools Racing Is INTENSE!!How Ridiculous
This Magic Trick EXPLAINED 😱 (America’s Got Talent)Zack D. Films
Rihanna Rude Boy – Public DanceEsosa Ogbebor
He got his daddy back 😩🙏🏾😵📲 #shortsBam and Bri Nation
amapiano groovist @koketsokhunong 💯🔥Mzansi Fresh Dancers
Welcome to the stomach #shortsAdrian Bliss
Top Music Videos
Video TitleChannelURL
Wanitwa Mos & Master KG – Dali Nguwe (ft Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana, Obeey Amor) (Official Video)Wanitwa Mos Entertainment
K.O – SETE (Official Music Video) ft. Young Stunna, BlxckieKOOfficialVEVO
uMlando9umba – Topic
Wanitwa Mos, Master KG & Lowsheen – Sofa Silahlane [ft. Nkosazana Daughter] (Official Music Video)Wanitwa Mos Entertainment
Senior Oat-All In You (feat. Kemy Chienda)Senior Oat Official
Daliwonga – Abo Mvelo (Visualizer) ft. Mellow & Sleazy and M.JDaliwonga
uMlando – 9umba, TOSS & Mdoovar [Ft. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade] (Video)9umba 9umba
Burna Boy – Last Last [Official Music Video]Burna Boy
Inkabi Nation – Voicemail [Official Music Video]Inkabi Records
Wanitwa Mos, Master KG & Lowsheen – Sofa Silahlane (Sthandwa Sami) (ft. Nkosazana Daughter)Wanitwa Mos Entertainment

The team behind Dali Nguwe

Top Creators
MSA previously My Story Animated
Ghost Hlubi
Dan Rhodes
The Royalty Family
Brent Rivera
Stokes Twins
Breakout Creators
Jamie Nyland
Wanitwa Mos Entertainment
The Hustlers Corner SA
Mlungisi Nkosi
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