There was a time when videos like Evolution of Dance, and charlie bit my finger used to be the top contenders for the year’s best and most viewed YouTube videos. Now, it’s been replaced by highly choreographed, big-budget videos from huge corporations and content curated through youtube’s own users.

2016 was the year of political SJW’s, protests, challenges, and a revival of vlogging like videos as this year’s top viral videos have generated more than 581,051,797 million views and have been watched for over 26 million hours.

This list includes late night talk show hosts, YouTubers, vloggers, and diligently silly “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” a 68-second music video by Japanese comedian Piko-Taro, which got a huge boost after Justin Bieber tweeted that it was his “favorite video on the internet.”

YouTube measures top-trending videos — which aren’t the most viewed overall. This is the reason Views Per Day metric is very crucial. This shows how many YouTube users (Worldwide) watched the video per day from the date it got uploaded to the YouTube channel.

Here are world’s most watched videos in Views Per Day metric order.
10 Viral VideosViews Per Day
Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen – Piko-Taro8,34,087
Adele Carpool Karaoke – “The Late Late Show with James Corden”4,06,383
The $21,000 First-Class Airplane Seat – Casey Neistat3,17,681
The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More – Nike Football2,89,428
Water Bottle Flip Edition – Dude Perfect2,82,000
Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer – NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”2,39,009
What’s Inside a Rattlesnake Rattle? – What’s Inside2,29,278
Channing Tatum & Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s “Pony” – Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle”1,05,562
Donald Trump: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” – HBO1,02,230
Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse – Cabot Phillips85,658

Here are the world’s top 10 most watched viral videos on YouTube’s platform as per viewership. 

Adele Carpool Karaoke – “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen – Piko-Taro

What’s Inside a Rattlesnake Rattle? – What’s Inside

The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More – Nike Football

Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer – NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”

Water Bottle Flip Edition – Dude Perfect

Channing Tatum & Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s “Pony” – Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle”

Donald Trump: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” – HBO

The $21,000 First-Class Airplane Seat – Casey Neistat

Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse – Cabot Phillips


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