Most Viral Content On Youtube

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YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, has become a digital phenomenon in contemporary culture and provides an abundance of media texts that cater to all forms of entertainment. With over 2 billion logged-in monthly users the site influences children and adults in their leisure time as well as playing a huge part in modern education, with plenty of nostalgia fueled ‘how to’ guides. Amongst the hundreds of videos uploaded onto YouTube every minute, there are some that standout more than others for their ability to go ‘viral’, attracting millions upon millions hits on them within just a few days or hours. This blog highlights what are perhaps some of the most viral content categories found on YouTube and why these particular genres tend to be so addictive.


1. Music Videos

Music videos are among the most viewed content in YouTube since forever. People use it as their source for music discovery and watch the latest release of their favorite artists.

Appeal: Music videos combine visual storytelling with catchy tunes, making them highly shareable.
Fan Base: Established artists have large, dedicated fan bases that eagerly await new releases, ensuring immediate high view counts.
Trends: Music often reflects current cultural and social trends, resonating with a wide audience.

"Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
"Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran
"Gangnam Style" by PSY

2. How-To and Tutorial Videos

How-to and tutorial videos feed the people's curiosity and interest to learn something on their own. This ranges from beauty tutorials, cooking recipes, tech guides or do it yourself projects.

Utility: They provide practical knowledge and skills that viewers can apply in their daily lives.
Searchability: These videos often rank high in search results due to their informative nature.
Engagement: Viewers often leave comments with questions or share their own experiences, creating an engaged community.

Makeup tutorials by beauty influencers like James Charles and NikkieTutorials
Cooking videos by channels like Tasty and Bon Appétit
Tech tutorials by creators like Marques Brownlee (MKBHD)
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3. Vlogs

Vlogs, or video blogs, offer a personal glimpse into the lives of creators. You watch pretty much because you like, follow or are interested in a YouTuber’s life. This content category thrives on the authenticity and relatability of the vlogger.

Connection: Vlogs foster a personal connection between the creator and the viewer, making the audience feel like part of the vlogger's life.
Storytelling: Good vloggers are excellent storytellers, keeping viewers engaged with their daily adventures and personal narratives.
Variety: Vlogs can cover a wide range of topics, from travel and lifestyle to personal challenges and achievements.

Daily vlogs by Casey Neistat
Travel vlogs by FunForLouis
Family vlogs by The ACE Family


4. Gaming Videos

Gaming videos are everything from gameplay walkthroughs to reviews, tips and live streams and even big esports events appealing to both casual and hardcore fans.

Community: Gaming has a strong, passionate community that actively engages with content.
Entertainment: High-energy gameplay and commentary can be as entertaining as traditional sports.
Influence: Popular gamers like PewDiePie and Ninja have massive followings, driving significant traffic to their videos.

Let's Play videos by Markiplier
Live streams by Ninja on Fortnite
Game reviews by channels like IGN and GameSpot
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5. Reaction and Commentary Videos

Reaction and commentary videos feature creators reacting to hot trending topics, viral music videos or other pop culture happenings and adding their own entertaining blend of humor, critique and personal experience.

Relatability: Viewers enjoy seeing others' reactions to content they have already experienced.
Timeliness: These videos often capitalize on current trends and viral moments, making them highly relevant.
Personality: The charisma and personality of the reactor play a significant role in the video’s success.

Reaction videos by channels like React (formerly Fine Brothers Entertainment)
Commentary videos by creators like Philip DeFranco
Analysis and critique by channels like CinemaSins


6. Challenges and Pranks

Challenge and prank videos are meant to be both fun and engaging. They are typically over-the-top in nature and see creators challenging each other to perform certain tasks, dares or pranks which often result in strong reactions.

Entertainment: The unpredictable nature of pranks and challenges provides high entertainment value.
Shareability: These videos are highly shareable, often prompting viewers to try the challenges themselves.
Virality: Successful pranks and challenges can quickly go viral, generating millions of views in a short time.

Challenges like the Ice Bucket Challenge or the Cinnamon Challenge
Prank videos by channels like PrankvsPrank (now Jesse) and Roman Atwood and apps like for downloading...


7. Educational and Informative Content

Educational content. Everything from a simple science or history lesson to more detailed analysis of some complex things. Canals dedicated to learning designed for viewers willing to a quite new knowledge.

Value: These videos provide valuable information and insights, making them highly respected and trusted.
Engagement: They often spark intellectual discussions and debates in the comments section.
Credibility: Established educational channels build a reputation for accuracy and reliability.

Science explainer videos by Vsauce and Veritasium
History documentaries by channels like The History Guy
Analytical videos by channels like CGP Grey



YouTube’s enormous range in content platforms ensures that almost any video could go viral. The platform is designed to cater to the things you’re interested in, whether that’s music videos, how-to tutorials, vlogs, gaming videos, reaction and commentary videos, challenges and pranks or educational content. Fans come for entertainment but also stay informed on current events and connect with others around the world through these shared interests. Recognizing why these particular categories are so popular is important because it helps shape the type of material successful creators need to produce if they want to continue dominating YouTube.

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