On Thursday 7 December 2017, YouTube released its annual Rewind. This is essentially a list looking back at the most-watched videos for the year in South Africa and globally.
By YouTube’s release it is clear that in 2017 South Africans turned to the platform for entertainment as the top 5 most watched videos (excluding major music labels) were all entertainment videos. Topping the list was local artist Bhizer with 2017’s smash hit Gobisiqolo. Next up was another South African artist – Prince Kaybee with Charlotte (Ft Lady Zamar). And, making it three in a row for homegrown talent, Sun-EL Musician – Akanamali Feat. Samthing Soweto was the third most watched video by South Africans this year.
The top trending videos for 2017 are based on views, shares, comments, likes and more. YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest music, trends, memes, and characters from 2017 featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. From international phenomenons and educational videos to thrilling moments from traditional media and big names, this year’s list of top trending videos represents the amazing variety of creativity brought to YouTube each day.
Top 10 Videos watched in South Africa in 2017, excluding major music labels
- Bhizer (ft Busiswa, SC Gorna, Bhepepe) – Gobisiqolo
- Kaybee (ft Lady Zamar) – Charlotte (Official Video)
- Sun-EL Musician – Akanamali Feat. Samthing Soweto
- Ramscomics – Noko Mashaba – Student Problems #CAClasses
- Sipho Ngwenya feat Thinah Zungu – Jesu fik’ekuseni
- Danger Flex SA – New Durban bhenga Dance 2017 (Basky Bhenga dance) They kiĺled it!!
- South African Videos – Uzalo Mamlambo in real life…wow you can’t believe.. So beautiful
- Mark Angel Comedy – Maths Teacher (Episode 118)
- Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness – Porsche driver outwits armed hijackers in Johannesburg
- Eyewitness News – Simphiwe Ngema remembers late husband Dumisani Masilela
Top 10 Music Videos watched by South Africans
- Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (Official Video)
- DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
- DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Lyric)
- Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
- Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]
- Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
- Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
- French Montana – Unforgettable ft. Swae Lee
- Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)