Sunday, November 30, 2008

Top 25: Most Viewed YouTube Videos

Note that these videos are not necessarily the best, just the most viewed, which goes to show that the lowest common denominator in the popular culture often rules.

1. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend (Embedding disabled), 109,018,213 views

2. Evolution (De-evolution?) of Dance, 105,748,145 views

3. ~YouTube Worst Video of All Time~, 92,405,079 views

4. Chris Brown, With You (Embedding Disabled), 78,797,436

5. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love (Embedding disabled), 75,677,461 views

6. Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music (Embedding disabled), 75,547,886 views

7. Jeff Dunham -- Achmed the Dead Terrorist, 74,609,510 views

8. Alicia Keys--No One (Embedding disabled), 70,442,210 views

9. Timbaland--Apologize (feat, One Republic), 70,092,040 views

10. HaHaHa (Laughing Baby), 68,356,153 views

11. Charlie Bit My Finger -- Again! 64,759,312 views

12. Chris Brown; Chris Brown featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss, (Embedding disabled), 60,969,410 views

13. Akon -- "Don't Matter," 59,381,806 views

14. Timbaland - The Way I Are OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO (Embedding Disabled), 55,694,662 views

15. My Chemical Romance -- Teenagers, 55,549,162 views

16. Potter Puppet Pals in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise", 55,128,778 views


17. Guitar, 52,511,848 views


Web master's note: This kid is awesome; you just have to hear his rock renditions of classical music. Simply amazing.
18. Jonas Brothers -- SOS Music -- Official (HQ), 51,757,782 views

19. Miley Cyrus -- 7 Things -- Official Music Video (HQ), 50,127,257 views

20. High School Musical, 47,924,667 views

21. Jonas Brothers -- Burnin' Up -- Official Music Video (HQ), 47,595,877 views


22. Britney Spears - Gimme More (Embedding Disabled), 45,960,224 views

23. My Chemical Romance -- Famous Last Words, 44,806,458 views

24. Soulja Boy Tell`em - Crank That (Soulja Boy) (Embedding Disabled), 42,073,111

25. OK Go - Here It Goes Again, 41,846,959 views

Well, that's it for now.

These are the most-viewed 25 videos at this moment in time; tomorrow this list would probably be slightly different.

This Top 25 list is not something that I'd post again--a very painful experience.

Most viewed does NOT necessarily equal quality; most of these "popular" videos scream crushing mediocrity and numbing sameness. Why do these groups imitate each other?

In my opinion, these whiny boy and girl singers will eventually fade into obscurity.

Observation: Miley Cyrus sounds like she's hitting the cigarettes; no 16-year-old should have that kind of "smoky voice."

Happily, one video stands out: #17.

This young guitarist does wonderful things to both his guitar and classical music; his rendition is both original and extremely well done. One does not usually speak of hard rock and classical music in the same breath, but this musician pulls it off.

An amazing talent. I hope someone in the music industry discovers him and offers him the chance to grow as a young musician and beyond.

The babies were kind of cute, but not worthy of all the attention. (Sorry, Moms and Dads.)

The rest get a huge raspberry.

Top 25 Internet Rumors: True or False?

Urban Legend #3: Amazing Tsunami Picture

To find out veracity, click onto the individual links:

1. "Postcard" Virus Warning

2. Breast Infestation (Photo/Video)

3. Amazing Tsunami Picture

4. Free Laptops from Ericsson

5. Burundanga Drug Warning

6. Hercules, World's Biggest Dog (Photo)

7. Miley Cyrus Is Dead

8. Barack Obama Is a Muslim

9. Store Closings and Gift Cards

10. UPS Virus Warning

11. Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers

12. Petition No. 2493 (Religious Broadcasting)

13. Add Cell Phones to Do Not Call Registry?

14. Giant House cat (Photo)

15. Sarah Palin "Hot Pictures"

16. Sarah Palin in a Bikini (Photo)

17. Barack Obama Isn't a Natural-Born Citizen

18. Jamie Lee Curtis Is a Hermaphrodite

19. "Eye of God" in Outer Space (Photo)

20. Brain Maggots/Sushi Worms (Photos)

21. Hercules the Liger (Photos)

22. Barack Obama Is the Antichrist

23. Maggots in Oreos (Photos)

24. Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Sniper/Navy Seal

25. Bill Gates Is Sharing His Fortune




Asian Tsunami, 2004 (Koh Lanta)

pedro91107 says,

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, was an undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis that spread throughout the Indian Ocean, killing large numbers of people and inundating coastal communities across South and Southeast Asia, including parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

The video shows the Tsunami wave approaching the beach at Koh Lanta.