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YouTube turns five years old

April 23rd, 2010
04:14 PM ET

In only five years, video sharing site YouTube has become one of the most popular Web sites in the world and today the site gets more than one billion views each day.

The Web site was set up in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees by the names of Steve Chan, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim.

Just a year and a half later, YouTube was sold to Google for an astounding $1.65 billion.

Currently, there is 1,700 year's worth of video on the site.

Here's our look at some of the most memorable YouTube clips of all time.

Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video with more than 187 million hits.

Charlie bit my finger with an astounding 181 million hits.

Susan Boyle impresses on Britain's Got Talent and with the help of YouTube, launches her music career with 91 million hits.

David After the Dentist was another big hit with 57 million hits. Today, you can even buy your own "David after the dentist" t-shirts.

The Wedding Dance received 48 million hits and was even parodied in the American sitcom, "The Office".

Single Ladies was one of Beyonce's biggest songs of 2009, but it was this video that got all the attention.

Dancing Matt around the World received 28 million hits.

We'd like to know what you think.

What are some of your favorite YouTube clips? Did we miss out any that you like?

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  1. F.safdar

    I liked suleiman mirza's dance on britain's got talent. Thank you.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  2. Zac

    Omg, how could you forget the sneezing panda?!

    April 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  3. Ceidy

    im with Zac The Sneezing Panda jaja... also the Starwars Guy .... i forget the name of the clip.... that is jus hilarious!!! . =)

    April 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  4. Jack

    The big names surely get most of the attention but there are many inspired artists and bands with wonderful songs ready to be discovered. An example would be "Weekend On Mars" at http://WeekendOnMars.com . Enjoy!

    April 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  5. charley

    I hate to break it to you, but Matt dancing around the world was a fake.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  6. Serge

    Trololol man =)

    April 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  7. Aisha

    I don't know anything about it and ve never search the site.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  8. Anon

    This is pathetic.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  9. pat

    David Cook's cover of "Billie Jean" from the 7th season of American Idol. Wow!

    April 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  10. Marc D

    Hate to break it to you charley, but Matt was faking when he said he faked Where the Hell is Matt.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  11. Rickard

    The title to this was, "whos the stars off youtube". And then you dont list any off them. This is all people with 1 or 2 videos that hit high, not stars.

    Where are people Like Philip de franco and Dawson? every single video they put up gets watched by millions of people, there is the true stars.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  12. Warren Poynt

    Yes, you missed out on a fantastic video entitled the sinking of the M.V. Oceanico off the coast of South Africa. It was a cruise liner with a full passenger list. Captain and crew abandoned ship. It was left to the resident band on board to save all the pasengers.........and they did, without a single loss of life. What a story, what a tale........and it's all 'live' on YouTube.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  13. Kathy

    I think Shane Dawson and nigahiga/Ryan Higa are like the only 2 best youtubers i recommend. They're both funny and it just makes you crack up! Seriously you guys should watch Ryan Higa and Shane Dawson!

    April 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  14. Your Mom.

    I think your mom is cool on youtube.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  15. Mark George

    Hang Drum and Violin Videos!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  16. Noel Taylor

    Leon Rolyats 'Until Then' video of U.F.O's is just genius. Great video & brill song.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  17. Brad

    What?! The Joker Blogs didn't make the list? the group behind that whole gig...I mean that's just phenomenal work! THE JOKER BLOGS!!!!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  18. Erick

    The Benny Lava video is the funniest thing i ve ever seen on YouTube.

    You Forgot to mention the celebity quality some vlogglers have achieved, such as LisaNova, The WineKone, Renneto, ChrisThe AngryVideoGame Nerd, an odd asian girl named Mrian, the "leave Britney alone" dude Chris Crocker....and the list goes on and on

    April 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply


    April 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
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    April 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  21. Liz

    puppy or chicken? the sleeping french bulldog puppy

    April 24, 2010 at 12:05 am | Reply
  22. carington

    Pants on the Ground – pants on the ground – looking like a fool with your pants on the ground 🙂

    April 24, 2010 at 12:37 am | Reply
  23. Anonymous

    Goosh Goosh is my favorite.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  24. YoHoHo

    funny chinese parade

    April 24, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  25. jimbo

    I think the Agent Provocateur ad with Kylie Minogue should have been in the top 5, or at least top 10.

    April 24, 2010 at 9:24 am | Reply
  26. David

    the Pure American Muscle roar of this Road Runner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwqUe2HDXhE

    April 24, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  27. Jeremy

    This list is a joke. It's "Most Memorable", not "Most Hits". 10-20-30 years from now, I won't even remember the name "Lady Gaga", but I'll still remember "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"! There have been dozens of memes that will likely outlive any of their choices (except perhaps rickrolling.

    April 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  28. Craig

    Are you kidding me? Any list without the sneezing Panda or the Chimp passing out after fingering his butt, can't be legit.

    April 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  29. Ghislaine

    Who can forget "Numa Numa" or "The Evolution of Dance"?

    April 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  30. redastrisk

    wat, lady gaga is a man.
    how could you forget leeroy jenkins and the and the surprised kitteh?

    April 26, 2010 at 8:28 am | Reply
  31. Felicita Scher

    I love watching videos online specially on Youtube. There are lots of music clips, movie clips and instructional videos on Youtube. I love em all.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  32. Bryan Jenkins

    i just found out that Lady Gaga is also a mezzo soprano. she really has a great voice and i love her style. :

    April 29, 2010 at 8:15 am | Reply
  33. Alsafwahkiller

    "and Im hanireg he was not a plant, I will have more later"Well?, we are waiting...Oh, maybe the facts are getting in your way again.From OpinionJournal.com's Political Diary:"CNN’s logo has egg splattered all over it, as it scrambles to explain how a co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s veterans’ committee was allowed to ask a video question on gays in the military at Wednesday’s debate and was also flown by the network from California to the debate site in Florida so he could repeat his question to the candidates in person. CNN claims it verified retired Brig. Gen. Ketih Kerr’s military status and checked his campaign contribution records, contradicting Mr. Cooper’s blasé attitude." "Still, they somehow missed his obvious connection to the Hillary campaign which any Google search would have turned up. CNN later airbrushed Mr. Kerr’s question out of its rebroadcast of the debate, indicating that it apparently doesn’t think “campaign operatives” are legitimate questioners at the network’s debates."Jeeze, don't you just hate those pesky facts that just keep messing up MOP's lame responses.CNN: also known as Clinton News Network

    February 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply

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