Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

YouTube's top videos of 2017 include Ed Sheeran and masked singers

YouTube's top videos of 2017 include Ed Sheeran and masked singers

Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has become one of the biggest platforms for new-age Internet celebrities and one-hit wonders alike. This year's offering, "The Shape of 2017", has a music theme - and it's set to some of 2017's most popular songs.

Today, YouTube announced its most-watched music videos of 2017.

The masked performer was a contestant on Thailand's aptly named singing competition show "The Mask Singer".

Latino artists' popularity on YouTube is proof that they are massively popular in worldwide markets, even if they continue to face barriers to entry in mainstream music in the U.S. What's more, it points to the fact that Latino listeners have been shaping global pop music trends for some time (check pop's current obsession with dembow-lite riddims for proof). It's been produced in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and China, but this particular video is from a Thailand show.

This video documenting Dude Perfect's elaborate - and mesmerizing - ping pong trick shot is the group's second most popular video to date.

- Ed Sheeran made the list twice. Last year, the Carpool Karaoke clip starring Adele claimed the top spot.

Luis Fonsi, left, and Daddy Yankee delivered YouTube's most-watched video ever, "Despacito".

Colombian reggaetón singer Maluma's "Felices los 4" placed No. 4, with just under 1.2 billion views to date, just ahead of Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like", which rounds out YouTube's Top 5. To that end, it will create a regular report in 2018 offering more data about the flags it receives, as well as the actions being taken to remove both videos and comments that violate its guidelines.

- This animated short film about a closeted boy who fears being outed by his own heart will melt your heart. The collaboration between Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - and featuring Justin Bieber - has logged almost 4.5 billion views, the only video to surpass the 4-billion views threshold.

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