Top 10 Viral Emails of 2011

It’s the end of another year and time for that December tradition that we all enjoy – reading ‘top 10′ lists of stuff.

One that caught my eye was Time magazine’s ‘Top 10 Viral Videos’ list. However, I must have been living in a box for some of the year because I swear I’ve never seen some of the clips they deem top 10 worthy.

I’m not sure how the ranking was determined but (as you’d expect) the clips are fairly US Centric. However it’s a fun list to browse and a short walk down YouTube memory lane to kill a few minutes.

From a viral point of view I probably received more links/status updates about the Volkswagen Darth Vader commercial than any other clip this year, but one of my favourites was the Michael Bolton “Jack Sparrow” video. Both feature in the top 10 but it was the Internet’s most infamous teenager Rebecca Black who scored top slot with her song about the third best day of the week.

Here’s the full list, and you can read the Time Magazine article here:

  1. Rebecca Black, “Friday”
  2. The Homeless Man with the Golden Voice
  3. Volkswagen’s Darth Vader Commercial
  4. Michael Bolton, Lonely Island — “Jack Sparrow”
  5. Father-Daughter Duet
  6. Webcam 101 for Seniors
  7. My Drunk Kitchen
  8. Anderson Cooper Cracks Up
  9. Dancing Thom Yorke
  10. Honey Badger