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YouTube reveals New Zealand’s most watched videos


YouTube reveals New Zealand’s most watched videos of 2009

Susan Boyle, Smashproof and body-painted cabin crew capture Kiwis’ imaginations

Auckland, 16 December 2009 – YouTube today announced its first official Most Watched lists - a look at 2009 through the videos New Zealanders have been watching and searching for. 

Among the videos most watched by Kiwis this year were Air New Zealand’s cabin crew baring all in body paint; the music video to Smashproof’s hit single ‘Brother’; and a video featuring a fast food order put to music.

Google New Zealand’s Annie Baxter says: “From a new singer’s debut on the world stage to homegrown New Zealand hip-hop, in 2009 YouTube has offered Kiwis a way to share in the big and small moments that touch millions of people around New Zealand and the world.”

In addition to compiling the Most Watched lists, YouTube also examined the billions of queries that people typed into YouTube search in 2009 to identify some of the fastest-rising search terms for each month. Like Google Zeitgeist, these lists reveal the interests, issues, and entertainment that connected the world throughout the year.


Lists of 2009’s most watched videos in New Zealand and around the world follow. Click on the links to watch the videos.


Most Watched YouTube videos in New Zealand


Top five New Zealand-created videos 

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) - Brother

2. J Williams – Ghetto Flower

3. Pulp Sport (ft P Diggs) - I’m On A Goat

4. Air New Zealand staff have nothing to hide

5. Bare essentials of safety from Air New Zealand


Top 5 most watched videos overall

1. Susan Boyle - Britain’s Got Talent

2. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother

3. I’m On A Boat - The Lonely Island

4. Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA

5. Keri Hilson - Knock You Down


Top 5 New Zealand music videos

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) - Brother

2. J Williams - Ghetto Flower

3. Smashproof - Ordinary Life

4. Dane Rumble - Always Be Here

5. Savage - Wild Out (Chooohooo)


Top 5 most watched music videos overall

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother

2. I’m On A Boat - The Lonely Island

3. Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA

4. Keri Hilson - Knock You Down

5. Miley Cyrus - The Climb


Top 5 user-generated content

1. JK Wedding Entrance Dance

2 Sound of Music - Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)

3 David After Dentist

4 Random Acts: Singing your McDonalds order!

5 Extreme Sheep LED Art


Top 5 most-watched movie trailers

1. Twilight – New Moon

2. Bruno 

3. Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen

4. 2012

5. Hannah Montana The Movie trailer 


Top 5 most-watched ads

1. Cadbury Eyebrows

2. Air New Zealand Staff Have Nothing to Hide

3. T Mobile Dance 

4. Evian Roller Babies

5. Nike Skateboarding – Today was a Good Day



Most Watched YouTube videos globally


Top 5 most watched videos

1. Susan Boyle - Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)

2. David After Dentist (36+ million views)

3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)

4. New Moon Movie Trailer (30+ million views)

5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views) 



Fastest rising YouTube search terms by month globally


January: inauguration

February: christian bale

March: the climb

April: susan boyle

May: pacquiao vs hatton

June: michael jackson thriller

July: michael jackson

August: usain bolt

September: kanye west

October: paranormal activity

November: bad romance

December: tiger woods



About YouTube
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc. 

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