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Trevor Noah, Lasizwe, Sjava, Sam Smith top YouTube in SA

YouTube has released YouTube Rewind 2019, the top 10 trending videos in South Africa, “celebrating the biggest moments on the platform”

YouTube today revealed the top 10 trending videos in South Africa, which it says “reflect the evolution of YouTube itself, from scripted entertainment to unintentional viral content. The list ranges from Trevor Noah playing ‘Who’d you rather?’ on The Ellen Show to that video of a pastor bringing a dead man back to life, sports highlights to Kwesta’s wedding.

“The list reflects the spirit of Mzansi and everything that makes South Africans laugh, cry, sigh and share their video favourites,” says YouTube.

The top trending videos on YouTube for 2019 are based on views, shares, comments, likes and more. YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest viral videos featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars, mainstream and current affairs personalities. 

YouTube’s Rewind video has taken on a fresh look and feel this year, featuring a montage of clips from the top videos, channels and moments of the year set to a soundtrack from powerhouse artists Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish – as well as the latest release from Glass Animals, featuring artist on the rise, Denzel Curry. Ironically, however, none of these are South African. To be fair, though, Boerepompie does not have the widest appeal as a backing track.

Top 15 Videos watched in South Africa in 2019, excluding major music labels

  1. The Ellen Show – Trevor Noah Plays ‘Who’d You Rather?’
  2. Anton Koen – Wheel and Car Thief Syndicate Apprehended by NoJack Baby Beast – Assisted by The Avenger
  3. Lasizwe Dambuza – South African Drive-Thru’s ( The difference between K.F.C vs MacD vs Chicken Lick… – Lasizwe
  5. Gemini Blessed TV – Uzalo Actors & Their Partners/Kids in Real Life
  6. Multimedia LIVE – Mzansi shooketh after video of pastor bringing ‘dead man’ back to life goes viral
  8. VolcanoShow – Match Chain Reaction Amazing Fire Domino VOLCANO ERUPTION
  9. SuperSport – UEFA Champions League | Liverpool vs Barcelona | Highlights
  10. America’s Got Talent – DJ Arch Jr: The World’s Youngest DJ Delivers Jaw-Dropping Act – America’s Got Talent: The Champions
  11. MarkAngelComedy – COMMANDER (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 193)
  12. carwow – AMG A35 v BMW M140i v Golf R v Audi S3 v Focus RS – DRAG RACE, ROLLING RACE & BRAKE TEST
  13. Beastly – I Was Spat Out By A Whale | SNAPPED IN THE WILD
  14. Power Vision – Experiment: Coca Cola and Mentos
  15. Mongameli Tv – KWESTA’s WEDDING (FULL)

Top 15 Music Videos watched by South Africans in 2019

  1. Sjava – Umama (Official Music Video) (Prod. Mace)
  2. Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
  3. Nasty C – SMA (Vol. 1) ft. Rowlene
  4. Ricus Nel – Boerepompie ft. Snotkop
  5. Biggy – Dames
  6. Blaq Diamond – Ibhanoyi (Official Music Video)
  7. Prince Kaybee – Fetch Your Life ft. Msaki
  8. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
  9. Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me (Official Video)
  10. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  11. Prince Kaybee – Gugulethu ft. Indlovukazi, Supta, Afro Brothers
  12. Ariana Grande – 7 rings
  13. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care [Official Video]
  14. Billie Eilish – bad guy
  15. SbuNoah – Ewe Getsemane (Live)
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