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The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of May

Posted by cfeehan on May 27, 2016

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Hello, and welcome to the May edition of Execulink’s Most Popular YouTube Videos of the Month blog! This month, there was a very clear winner of the “popularity contest” that is the world wide web – James Corden, who is known for his talk show and carpool karaoke skits, is featured in almost HALF of the videos! Don’t let that trick you into thinking they’re all the same, though…each video on this list is unique and has its own hilarious, informative, or dramatic flare.

Battlefield 1 Official Reveal Trailer
35,053,686 views

I have never been the type of person to play a video game like Battlefield. But by golly, I’ll be darned if I was not impressed and intrigued by this trailer. It looks incredible! The animation is insane, and the game looks so immersive. One of my first thoughts was literally “…maybe I could learn to play video games?” JUST so I could be a part of this surprisingly realistic animated world. But of course, I was brought back to reality when I realized that I have no fine motor skills whatsoever. Either way, I’m sure millions of more talented people will have the best time ever playing this, and I’ll try by best not to get jealous.

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! First Listen (Featuring the cast of DreamWorks Animation's Trolls)
34,868,455 views

This video is so much fun! First of all, it’s set to a catchy song by Justin Timberlake, so that’s one major draw. It also features a bunch of the voice actors from Dreamworks’ 2016 animated movie Trolls, like Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, Kunal Nayyar (you may know him as Raj from the Big Bang Theory), and, get this…James Corden. How many times can we write about the same man in one blog?? Approximately four, apparently. Anyways, you get to see them all dance and have a jolly ol’ time, which is quite entertaining. Plus, Justin Timberlake, so everyone is a winner here.

Gwen Stefani Carpool Karaoke (w/ George Clooney & Julia Roberts)
24,916,525 views

James Corden and his “carpool karaoke” videos have never been more popular!! This one starts off with Gwen Stefani as his only passenger, but George Clooney and Julia Roberts soon join them. All I could think was “I wonder what the net worth of that entire car is?” It’s pretty clear that James has a way of bringing people together to have a great time. They sing, talk about movies, joke around…it’s a fun watch, especially if you’re a big fan of one or more of the featured stars.

Radiohead - Burn The Witch
15,395,164 views

Well, this video was an interesting experience. It’s a music video for Radiohead’s new song, but it’s all in Claymation style. You may think “Claymation, eh? So it’s like, a child’s cartoon?”, but you would be incorrect in your assumption. This video is complete with moderately disturbing and unsettling themes and images, despite its generally kid-focused animation style. The song is okay – not something I would usually listen to, but not bad – but the video definitely makes it a more stimulating experience.

Assassin's Creed - Trailer World Premiere
13,308,785 views

At first, I thought this was a trailer for a new Assassin’s Creed game, much like the trailer above for Battlefield 1. So I was shocked to see real actors – I even had a moment where I thought the video game animation was just unbelievably realistic, surpassing even the Battlefield 1 animations. Alas, they were only actors, so I wasn’t as impressed. Either way, this movie looks like it’s action-packed, but very violent (yes, I know it’s about assassins), so it probably won’t be intended for kids. If you’re a fan of the games, this movie should be on your list of movies to see.

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas Carpool Karaoke
11,465,083 views

That’s right, we have another carpool karaoke video on our hands. James Corden is on fire this week! This time, he takes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas for a ride. These two have been friends for 10 years (a fact they’re very proud of), and they’re even going on tour together starting in June!

The interaction in this video gets really personal really quickly, as James tries to delve into Nick’s past and present dating life. Once the awkwardness of this passes, the trio sings, dances, and even puts on a live street performance! One of my favourite things about this “series” of videos is how James always puts his heart and soul into his singing, even among professional singers. I absolutely applaud him for not shying away from doing what he wants just because he could embarrass himself. Keep up the good work, mate!

Beauty and the Beast Official US Teaser Trailer
11,419,497 views

I’m so excited about all of these live-action Disney movie remakes coming out! Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Tarzan…now Beauty and the Beast! I always liked Beauty and the Beast because Belle was actually intelligent and caring (even if she did suffer from a bit of Stockholm syndrome), and wanted nothing to do with Gaston, who was a terribly narcissistic human. I think that choosing Emma Watson (or Hermione, for all of you Harry Potter fans) to play her was a fantastic idea, and I can’t wait to see what this movie is like. The trailer doesn’t contain very much movie footage, unfortunately, so we’ll have to keep waiting for a more substantial reveal.

Chewbacca Mom Takes James Corden to Work
8,465,047 views

OKAY SO before you click the link above (or after, if you’ve already watched it), you should check out the original “Chewbacca Mom” video for reference. This woman is the most joyful woman in all the world as soon as she puts on this Chewbacca toy mask she just bought. In the original, she laughs for basically the entire video, and her laugh is nothing short of infectious. Her appearance in the James Corden video is basically a shortened version of the original, but J. J. Abrams also joins her! This is definitely a laugh-out-loud video, as is the original.

Starter Pokémon for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Revealed!
8,384,075 views

My childhood has returned once again! Pokémon is releasing two new games – Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – and this video introduces which starter Pokémon will be available to choose from. This was a pretty big reveal, and I know it made a lot of Pokémon fans very excited. A part of me wonders why full-grown adults spend their time living in an imaginary world befriending and training mythical creatures, but the bigger part says “whatever makes you happy. You catch ‘em all, kiddo”. Controlling the Pokémon population is a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Crushing Diamond with Hydraulic Press
7,817,500 views

See, this is why I love YouTube. Because of channels like the “Hydraulic Press Channel”. Before YouTube, how would we have known that there was a Finnish man who liked to crush things with his trusty hydraulic press in his spare time? We wouldn’t have. And now we do, so thanks, Internet. I usually find this guy’s videos simply hilarious, but this one was moderately upsetting, because he destroyed a perfectly good diamond!! That’s thousands of dollars down the drain! Next time you want to get rid of a diamond, sir, you can send it directly to me. The mood of the video is brought back up when a Play-Doh tiger is mercilessly crushed, because it is ridiculous to watch. 10/10 would recommend. Also, take a look at his other videos, because he crushes things like Barbies, cell phones, and a variety of Easter treats. Now THIS is entertainment!

And so concludes another installment of Execulink’s Most Popular YouTube videos of the month blog. I hope that you have the time (or make the time) to watch every video on this list at some point – I guarantee it’ll brighten up your day!

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