#YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you created, watched and shared in 2015

Kiwis went crazy for karaoke, pop and talent contests in 2016

2016 was a year of challenge and triumph. You did the running man, you caught ‘em all – and you got a baby to clean the house. Now 2016 is coming to an end, you know what that means…. It’s time for  #YouTubeRewind!

This year, more than 200 YouTube stars from 18 countries accepted our Ultimate 2016 Rewind Challenge to pay homage to the biggest videos, memes, channels, songs, and pop culture moments of the year. Keep an eye out for some pretty epic surprise guests.

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As we look back at 2016, we replay and rejoice in the trending videos and music videos from 2016, according to time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking and more. From celebrity moments to breakdancing stormtroopers and ukuleles, New Zealand’s top trending videos of 2016 are a quirky mix of song, dance and laughs – representing the amazing variety of creativity shared on YouTube every day.

New Zealand’s Top Trending Videos

Kiwis loved James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke series, which made up half of our most watched videos.  
Adele’s installment proved our favourite video of 2016, with artists Sia, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani (featuring George Clooney and Julia Roberts) all featuring in the top 10 list.

Homegrown talent also features high up in the list. Christchurch born comic Sam Wills, best known as ‘Tape Face’ was New Zealand’s breakout contestant in America’s Got Talent Season 11. His audition was our second most popular video for 2016.

The channels who made the top trending videos have more than 30M subscribers who tune in regularly to watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.

New Zealand’s Top Trending Music Videos

Pop dominated the most-viewed music videos for 2016, with chart toppers Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris dominating the Kiwi charts.

For more Rewind fun, check out the #YouTubeRewind Channel

Posted by Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team