Australia’s Most Popular YouTube Videos Of 2016

Sia was a YouTube favourite
James Graham


Dec 22, 2016

As we wrap up another year, it’s time to rewind and celebrate the top trending YouTube videos in Australia from 2016, according to time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking and more.

Collectively, Aussies watched the top trending 10 videos over 14 million times!

James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke series was the number one hit for Aussies this year.

The breakout segment on The Late, Late Show won a staggering four spots in the top 10 trending videos.

Women took the front seat, from JLo to Adele – and First Lady Michelle.

We also played with Play-Doh, watched Superwog and laughed with Triple J.

With Aussie-born artists Sia, Superwog and Twenty One Pilots reaching the leaderboard, 2016 was a time to shine for Aussie homegrown creative talent.

The channels who made these videos have more than 30 million subscribers who tune in regularly to watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.

On the music clip front, Aussies were hooked on The Chainsmokers in 2016, with the anthem “Closer” landing the year’s top music video, and ‘Don’t Let Me Down ft. Daya’ in ninth place.

2016 was a year of  “work work work work work,” with Fifth Harmony and Rihanna leading a top 10 that was collectively viewed over 70 million times.

Australia’s favourite videos for 2016

1  Adele  Carpool Karaoke

2  HUGE EGGS SURPRISE TOYS CHALLENGE Inflatable water slide Disney Cars Toys Paw Patrol Spiderman

3  Jennifer Lopez Carpool Karaoke

4  Sia  Carpool Karaoke

5  Ice Cube, Kevin Hart And Conan Help A Student Driver – CONAN on TBS

6  Parent Teacher Interviews

7  Boogie Storm make Simon’s dream come true! | Auditions Week 5 | Britain’s Got Talent 2016

8  Halsey covers Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ for triple j’s Like A Version

9  First Lady Michelle Obama Carpool Karaoke

10. Does Elsa Eat Too Much? Play-Doh Disney Frozen Movie Clips Best Stop-Motion videos

Australia’s top 10 music clips

1.The Chainsmokers – Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey

2.Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign

3.Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (Official Video) ft. Rihanna


5.Twenty one pilots: Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

6.Major Lazer – Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) (Official Lyric Video)

7.Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)

8.Ariana Grande – Side To Side ft. Nicki Minaj

9.The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down ft. Daya

10. Rihanna– Work (Explicit) ft. Drake




By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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