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The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of August

Posted by cfeehan on August 25, 2016

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The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of August

Good day, devoted comrades, and welcome to the August edition of the 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos. This month’s lineup is one of the more diverse ones we’ve seen in the last little while – that means no James Corden for the first time in months! We have a few trailers, a music video, and even an animated short film, so make some popcorn and get ready for a fun-filled adventure through the Interwebs.

40,294,016 views

I went into this video expecting your standard phone advertisement, but I was blown away. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has some incredible features, including some that I’ve never seen in a phone before, like an iris scanner in place of password protection. That is some serious super-spy technology, and now it’s available to anyone! It’s also water-resistant, which is a huge plus for the accident-prone among us. Check out the video for some of its other specs – you just might be tempted to switch to Team Samsung. 

37,169,579 views

Two top videos in two months, Katy? Someone’s making a comeback! Although both videos are for the same song, July’s release was specifically for the Olympics and showed footage of the athletes, while this is the official video featuring Katy Perry herself. It’s pretty intense, but it mostly just makes me want to try to to fly with a giant parachute tied to my back. Also, I just realized that I may be the reason the disclaimer “do not try this at home” was invented. If you feel like being inspired by Katy Perry’s uplifting lyrics (no pun intended), the desert, and a huge pink parachute, this video is for you.

19,227,743 views

You may be thinking “wasn’t the trailer for Rogue One released a few months ago?”, and my answer is that you are partly correct. A teaser trailer for the movie was released in April, but this is the first full-length trailer of the year. The original teaser now has over 41 million views, and this one is already at around half that many, so it’s safe to say that this is another highly-anticipated installment in the Star Wars series. It’s important to note that Rogue One is set before A New Hope so that you don’t show up to the theatre expecting it to be a follow-up to The Force Awakens, as this mix-up could make for some very disappointed Kylo Ren fans. See you there!

9,190,595 views

I hadn’t heard anything about this movie until now, but I’m definitely intrigued. It centers around an alien race arriving on earth, which is not a new concept, but the interesting part is that it seems to focus almost exclusively on translating and understanding their language. This could add a really cool dimension to the film, and draw in interest from a larger or atypical audience. Arrival stars Amy Adams, and will be released this November.

8,452,895 views

Well, that was the best thing ever. This video is definitely my favourite on the list this month – it’s got a great plotline, fantastic animation, robots, and all the feels. It’s not easy to create an entertaining storyline in 7 minutes, but Overwatch gets the job done. I don’t want to give too much away, but please watch this video; you’ll be glad you did!

7,506,438 views

For the last couple of months, the Internet has been flooded with the Pokémon Go trend (I use the word trend lightly because SOME OF US are still very dedicated to the game).

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What some people don’t know, however, is the popularity of other Pokémon video games. The main series is designed for handheld devices, like the Nintendo 3DS, and require none of the real-world interaction that Pokémon Go does. The two newest games, Pokémon Sun and Moon, will be released in November, and there’s a ton of hype around them. If Pokémon is your thing, tune into this video for updates!

6,423,400 views

The question in the title of this video may seem to have a simple answer. But these are the depths of YouTube we’re talking about, where reality and even physics seem to have no bounds, so anything is possible. It’s incredible, but this guy actually manages to cut wood with a piece of paper. You’ll need to watch it to grasp the full magnificence – it looks like the game Rock, Paper, Scissors just got a whole lot more complicated.

6,287,031 views

The Internet is back at it again, asking questions you didn’t know you needed the answers to. This time, it’s a question of whether or not a 100-foot drop will destroy an iPhone encased in homemade “flubber”. This “genre” of video is suspenseful, I guess, but does it make anyone else sad? I mean, who has an extra brand new iPhone sitting around ready to be (possibly) destroyed? It’s like watching a video of someone burning a pile of money – sure, maybe you haven’t seen it done before, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting. Next time you’re going to throw an expensive device off of a building, sir, please consider sending it to me instead.

5,490,299 views

The title of this video caused me to get anxious every time either performer would do anything remotely dangerous, because I was constantly expecting the worst to happen. But, of course, you have to wait until the end to see the action, because that’s how they get you to stick around. In my opinion, they cut the video off way too soon; it looks like it COULD be a scary incident, but we only see a second of it, so I guess we’ll never really know. Either way, it’s an entertaining watch, so I wouldn’t skip past it.

4,680,742 views

Jared Leto, in a knitted leopard sweater, with a surprise present wrapped in a little red bow: what more could you ask for? He insists that his gift to Jimmy Fallon is from the Joker, the character he played in the recent Suicide Squad movie, but it’s too tame to be from such a terrible villain. Give it a watch to find out what’s in the box.

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Note: if you’re scared by what you see, you can always watch Jared and Jimmy snuggling with puppies afterward to make you feel better. You’re welcome!

This concludes the August edition of our Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Month series. We hope you enjoyed your time with us, and we’ll see you again next month!

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Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor


Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.