In February 2005, three former PayPal employees invented a way to digitally store videos and upload them onto a free website where anyone can see them.
YouTube has since grown to be almost all things; the center for entertainment, funny videos, sports highlights, religious sermons, educational and informative as well as the occasional floss around.
Alternatively, buzzwords like content creator, streaming and vlogging became vogue.
This impact on popular culture is why on December 7, the video-sharing website launched YouTube Rewind to celebrate videos, moments and creators who represent the best of 2018.
For Kenyans, the top ten list of non-music videos is topped by comedy sketch ‘Who Died?’ by Africa’s most watched YouTuber Mark Angel Comedy.
Second on the list which apart from comedy clips also features entries from news and politics, as well as sports, was a clip from a wedding in which a bride and her bridesmaids dance down the aisle. The video is aptly named, ‘Best Wedding Dance Ever.’
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Comedian Njugush was third with his hilarious video depicting the dialogue between surprisingly calm but aloof boda boda driver and a frustrated customer who ends up paying Ksh500 for a 27 second ride.
The moment that was captured of controversial politician Miguna Miguna saying “I’m not boarding” while vigorously refusing to get on a plane deporting him to Canada via Dubai comes in fourth place.
In fifth place was a clip of Kanze Dena in an emotional farewell from Citizen TV to take up her new position as State House Spokesperson.
Sixth position was an exciting six goal thriller of a football match, as Portugal and Spain drew 3-3 on the second day of the football festival that was the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Former US President Barack Obama dancing in Kogelo with his grandmother, Sarah, and half-sister, Auma took the seventh position.
In eighth was Comedy vlogger Henry Desagu with a video on ‘Usicheze na Conductor wa Mat za Mwihoko, while Comedian MCA Tricky was in ninth spot with a parody of the rechargeable life size doll, Samantha.
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Rounding up the top ten was the stand up comedy routine of MC Sunday on Churchill Show titled ‘Ukiomba Msichana wa Mombasa Namba ya Simu‘.
Trending Non-Music Videos- Kenya:
- Who Died?– Mark Angel Comedy
- Best Wedding Dance Ever (Official Bride & Maids Dance)– MC Gospel
- Njugush Ame Nduthika- Njugush
- Miguna Miguna Refuses to be Deported to Dubai from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport– Xtian Dela
- Kila La Heri, Kanze– Citizen TV Kenya
- Portugal vs. Spain- 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia- Match 3– FIFA TV
- Obama in Kogelo- Dancing with his Grandmother. You Gotta Love the American Moves!– Online Community KE
- Usicheze na Conductor wa Mat za Mwihoko– Henry Desagu
- MCA Tricky Buys Himself Samantha– MCA Tricky TV
- MC Sunday- Ukiomba Msichana wa Mombasa Namba ya Simu– Churchill Show
In the music category, Kwangwaru by Harmonize featuring Diamond Platinumz was the most watched music video on Youtube, with Short and Sweet by Sauti Sol and Chaguo la Moyo by Otile Brown featuring Sanaipei Tande making up the top three.
Other songs on the top ten list include Lamba Lolo by Ethic Entertainment and Bum Bum by Yemi Alade.
Trending Music Videos:
- Kwangwaru– Harmonize featuring Diamond Platinumz
- Short & Sweet – Sauti Sol featuring Nyashinski
- Chaguo La Moyo– Otile Brown featuring Sanaipei Tande
- Bebi Bebi– Nyashinski
- Lamba Lolo– Ethic Entertainment
- Njiwa– Willy Paul featuring Nandy
- Nadekezwa– Mbosso
- Bum Bum– Yemi Alade
- Starboy– Soco featuring Terri, Spotless, Ceeza Willi and Wizkid
- Consuming Fire- Jimmy D Psalmist
The year was also big for mainstream celebrities on YouTube, with many stars continuing to pop up in late night shows clips and made-for-digital segments like Carpool Karaoke.
In 2018, a number of celebs also made the leap to start their own channels and harness the power of YouTube’s 1.9 billion-strong global audience.
Global treding non-music videos:
- To Our Daughter – Kylie Jenner
- Real Life Trick Shots 2 – Dude Perfect
- We broke up– David Dobrik
- Walmart yodeling kid– Sonnel Official
- Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)– ASAP Science
- Portugal v Spain – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – MATCH 3– FIFA TV
- Build Swimming Pool Around Underground House– Primitive Survival Tool
- Cobra Kai Ep 1 – “Ace Degenerate” – The Karate Kid Saga Continues– Cobra Kai
- Behan Bhai Ki School Life – Amit Bhadana
- NGƯỜI TRONG GIANG HỒ PHẦN 6 | LÂM CHẤN KHANG | FULL 4K | TRUYỀN NHÂN QUAN NHỊ CA | PHIM CA NHẠC 2018– Khang Pro Film
Global Trending Music Videos:
- Te Bote Remix – Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna
- Nicky Jam x J. Balvin – X (EQUIS) | Official Video | Prod. Afro Bros & Jeon
- Girls Like You Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B
- Daddy Yankee | Dura (Official Video)
- Ozuna x Romeo Santos – El Farsante (Remix) (Official Video)
- Becky G, Natti Natasha – (Video Official)
- El Chombo (Official Video)
- Drake – God’s Plan
- Reik – Me Niego ft. Ozuna, Wisin (Official Video)
- Vaina Loca – Ozuna x Manuel Turizo (Official Video)
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