This year was marked by celebrity moments. In February, Kylie Jenner surprised the world with To Our Daughter, an 11-minute film detailing her pregnancy and the birth of baby Stormi. And of course, there was our fascination with the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan.
Emerging and well-known YouTube stars also showed up in a big way in the year's Top Trending Videos list. Liza Koshy and David Dobrik shared the news of their breakup through tears and laughter, we sang along with Paul McCartney in a special Carpool Karaoke, were blown away by a performance from Courtney Hadwin, the guys from Dude Perfect somehow perfectly tossed bread into a toaster, and we were determined to solve the internet’s latest mystery -- seriously, is it Yanny or Laurel? We also supported local actor Julian Dennison as he hit screens in Deadpool 2.
These were the moments that had New Zealanders watching, commenting and sharing in 2018:
New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos
- Walmart yodeling kid
- To Our Daughter
- Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect
- "ROYAL WEDDING" — A Bad Lip Reading
- So Sorry.
- Do You Hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)
- we broke up
- 15-Year-Old Deadpool 2 Actor Julian Dennison Can't See His Own Movie
- Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke
- Courtney Hadwin: 13-Year-Old Golden Buzzer Winning Performance - America's Got Talent 2018
New Zealand’s Top Trending Music Videos
In 2018, we were hooked on the biggest releases of the year with Bruno, Drake and Childish Gambino all making appearances in New Zealand’s top trending music list.
- Maroon 5 - Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
- Bruno Mars - Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video]
- Lil Dicky - Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video)
- Drake - God's Plan
- XXXTENTACION - SAD!
- Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video)
- Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
- Post Malone - Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign
- Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It [Official Music Video]
- Dua Lipa - IDGAF (Official Music Video)
It's also time for our annual Rewind mashup video. But rather than trying to sum up 2018's biggest memes, personalities, and hit videos ourselves, we tried something different this time around. We asked some of YouTube's biggest names to tell us what they wanted to see if they controlled Rewind.
Check out the full video below and head over to our Rewind site to get to know the creators and artists who shaped popular culture in 2018.