|Also known as||YouTube Top 10 Videos (2010–11)|
|Genre||Year-in-review, video mashup, music mashup|
|Opening theme||The Hood Internet - mashup music|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||1:30-7:15 Minutes|
|Production company(s)||YouTube, LLC, Portal A Interactive|
|Original network||YouTube, LLC|
|Picture format||High resolution
|Audio format||126 kbps AAC;
155-165 kbps Opus WebM
|Original release||December 13, 2010 – present|
|Portal A Interactive|
YouTube Rewind is a video series produced and created by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. These videos are an overview and recap of each year's viral videos, events, memes, and music. Each year, the number of YouTube celebrities featured in the video, as well as the presentation of the series, has increased. The latest episode of YouTube Rewind was released on December 6, 2017.
- 1 History
- 2 Series videos
- 3 YouTubers/guests
- 4 Released videos
- 5 Reception
- 5.1 YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review
- 5.2 YouTube Rewind 2011
- 5.3 Rewind YouTube Style 2012
- 5.4 YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?
- 5.5 YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014
- 5.6 YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015
- 5.7 YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge
- 5.8 YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017
- 5.9 YouTube Rewind 2018
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The first Rewind was created by YouTube in 2010 and featured a Top 50 list of the most popular YouTube videos for that year. In 2010, YouTube had started to create and produce Rewind videos with the help of Seedwell and Portal A Interactive. From 2011 onward, the YouTube Rewind videos have only been uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel, with additional "behind-the-scenes" content.
On December 13, 2010, the first YouTube Rewind was uploaded, titled "2010 YouTube Rewind: Year in Review". It featured the top 10 most popular videos on YouTube for the preceding year. It was uploaded on two channels: YouTube Trends on the first day, and YouTube Spotlight on the second.
On December 20, 2011, "YouTube Rewind 2011" was uploaded. It was created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Intercreated, and features Rebecca Black as the host. Her music video Friday had become a viral video in March 2011. Like last year, it featured another top 10 most popular videos on YouTube for the year. Due to Black's appearance, and due to her video reaching number one on the list, the video received more dislikes than likes.
In 2012, YouTube's Rewind videos changed to featuring several popular YouTubers; the most popular music, videos, mashup, and videos; breaking news; and internet memes from the year. In 2013, the Rewind Button/logo was created.
On December 11, 2013, "YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?", referencing What Does the Fox Say?, was uploaded to YouTube Spotlight. It was created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. This was the first year that the YouTube Rewind Button was used; otherwise, it was very similar in style to the 2012 video. DJ Earworm mashed up six songs from the year. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots from The Tonight Show, made guest appearances.
On December 9, 2014, "YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014", referencing Turn Down for What, was uploaded to YouTube Spotlight. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. Over 10 songs were mashed together by DJ Earworm for the video. The video was not structured around songs, as in previous years. More internet memes and trends were used alongside the music. Its main features were the YouTube Rewind Button flag, with which YouTubers and characters run from the beginning of the video all the way to the end. The flag was run through the sets of The Colbert Report by Big Bird; Conan by Conan O'Brien, running through his own with Freddie Wong acting as the host' and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, by Kid President. The actual Rewind Button was not shown until the end of the video.
On December 9, 2015, "YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015", referencing Watch Me, was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. It was the first one to feature a hashtag; #YouTubeRewind. The video heavily incorporated previous years of YouTube due to 2015 being the website's 10th anniversary. The music mashup was composed by The Hood Internet. Additionally, Avicii composed an original remix for the video. The video featured more gamers than previous years, such as YouTube personality Markiplier. It was set up to resemble the Five Nights at Freddy's, an indie, survival horror, point-and-click video game that has gained recognition since its first release in August 2014. The Rewind Button and logo were shown throughout the video. Its main appearance was with PewDiePie and Zoe Sugg about halfway through the video. They appeared next to a scoreboard with two dates of December 9, 2015. Zoe changes one scoreboard date back to February 14, 2005, leaving the other at December 9, 2015. Afterwards Felix "brofists" the rewind button, triggering the video to show viral videos and memes from 2015 back to 2005. After the credits, the Fine Brothers were shown arguing about whether PewDiePie was in the video.
On December 7, 2016, "YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge", referencing the increasing number of challenges that took place in 2016, was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. Music was developed by The Hood Internet with an original remix by Major Lazer. The video begins with Dwayne Johnson showing a miniature Rewind button, and YouTube personalities hunting for 'Rewind' symbols in the style of Pokémon Go. The video also references objects being crushed by a Hydraulic press, Hodor from Game of Thrones and the dabbing dance move. The video ends James Corden and other personalities in a car, in reference to the Carpool Karaoke segments from The Late Late Show.
On December 6, 2017, "Youtube Rewind: The Shape of 2017", referencing the song Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel. Appearances were included by big names in the YouTube community (see chart below). The Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was referenced several times during the video. This is also the most disliked YouTube Rewind to currently exist, and many YouTubers posted videos of being surprised that PewDiePie was not present.
|Video||Upload date||Views (millions)||Likes (thousands)||Dislikes (thousands)||Like percentage||Dislike percentage||iMDB rating|
|"YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review"||December 13, 2010[a]||4.24||27.04||2.37||91.94%||8.06%||N/A|
|"YouTube Rewind 2011"||December 20, 2011||10.00||64.45||76.45||45.74%||54.26%||N/A|
|"Rewind YouTube Style 2012"||December 17, 2012||187.07||1230.37||78.25||94.02%||5.98%||6.6|
|"YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?"||December 11, 2013||127.42||1312.38||72.05||94.80%||5.20%||6.7|
|"YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014"||December 9, 2014||125.94||1423.26||71.90||95.19%||4.81%||5.4|
|"YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015" | "#YouTubeRewind"||December 9, 2015||139.63||2541.60||190.29||93.03%||6.97%||5.4|
|"YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge" | "#YouTubeRewind"||December 7, 2016||220.08||3406.56||525.94||86.63%||13.37%||2.2|
|"YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017" | "#YouTubeRewind"||December 6, 2017||196.59||3609.46||1889.15||65.64%||34.36%||1.3|
|Totals and Average Like and Dislike Percentage||—||1010.97||13615.12||2906.40||82.41%||17.59%||—|
|As of 15 June 2018|