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Watch: YouTube's Most Viral Video of 2017 Will Surprise You

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Music Editor
Updated: 29 December 2017
You thought it was ‘Despacito’, didn’t you?

Wrong!

While Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s music video was the most viewed YouTube video in 2017, another video featuring a man dressed up as an oyster has been named the site’s top trending clip.

The video came from The Mask Singer, a Thai reality TV singing contest similar to The Voice but instead of the judges spinning around in their chairs, contestants must dress up in a silly mask or costume to hide their identity.

According to YouTube’s algorithm, the footage of the man dressed up as an oyster and rapping a song with a title that loosely translates to ‘Love you until the world turns into dust’ was its most viral video of the year.

The entire top 10 of YouTube’s trending list has more than 633 million views combined, while The Masked Singer video received over 196 million on its own.

The site’s trending ranking is based on a mixture of views, shares, comments and likes.

This is the first time a Thai video has topped the viral video chart on YouTube.

Based on views alone, ‘Despacito’ was the winner with 4.46 billion, which makes it the most viewed video ever.

Because music videos are always the most viewed clips on YouTube every year, it also provides a separate ranking of top trending videos for the year.

YouTube Top 10 Trending Videos of 2017:

Until We Will Become Dust – Oyster Masked (ตราบธุลีดิน – หน้ากากหอยนางรม) | The Mask Singer 2

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography

Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect

Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2017

Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke

Lady Gaga’s Full Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL

Inauguration Day – A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Bill Wurtz’s history of the entire world, i guess

In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film

Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News

YouTube Top 10 Music Videos of 2017:

Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]

J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video)

Maluma – Felices los 4 (Official Video)

Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]

Chris Jeday – Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel

El Amante – Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)

Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)

DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Enrique Iglesias – Súbeme la Radio (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox