Written By: Monday, January 30th 2017

YouTube the video-sharing website was the idea of former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in.  Although it seems to be  a permanent fixture in our lives it was launched only 12 years  ago in February 2005.  The inventors cashed in big on their idea when just eleven months after launching, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion.

It’s estimated that 300,000 YouTube videos are upload every day.  Music videos get the most views on YouTube but the unusual attract an enormous number of viewers as well.   Grab some popcorn and join me on the countdown of the top three strangest and most watched locally produced videos on YouTube.

 

Coming in at number one is Barrie Trains which was upload in 2012. This video features (you guessed it) trains. There are several clips of Go Trains on the Barrie line and it has been viewed over 386,000 times. I’m not sure why so many people have watch this, unless it is being used for an alarm clock or you work for the railroad, but strangely enough you kind of get hooked on this one.

 

Number two on the countdown of top watched local videos goes to a man named Bill for his full length movie of the 2013 Georgian Bay Steam Tractor and Engine Show. Pretty amazing that over 258,000 people have watched this “thingy” (I got that word from Bill).  Bill does get a few bonus points for his use of the word “sweet” and for how well behaved his kids are.  (If you don’t have a fast download, this one might take a little time to connect.)

 

Number three on the countdown goes T-Bag & Bonkers for the Orillia Song. This beauty was uploaded in 2006 by Nate Mills and features a funny overview of the City of Orillia. Over 203,000 people have been exposed to the City of Orillia because of this video although I’m not sure if the boys got a thank you card from the city for this production.

 

The numbers for our top three local videos from KICX Country are impressive, but a far cry from the worldwide success for the top music video and top non-music video according to YouTube.  The most watched video of all time according to YouTube is the music video Gangnam Style by Psy which now has over 2.7 billion views.

Wheels On The Bus by Little Baby Bum is the number one non-music video with over 1.7 billion views. This full length movie has obviously kept many parents happy as their children are entertained or lulled off to sleep.

 

Do you have a favourite local YouTube video from KICX Country?  Let us know.

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