Ylvis, Sminky Shorts and Republic of Telly are top Irish views on YouTube in 2013 (video)

11 Dec 2013

What do a comedy duo from Bergen, Norway, an elephant with a Cork accent, students from Coláiste Lurgan and Miley Cyrus have in common? They’re all stars of some of the most-watched videos by Irish users on YouTube in 2013.

YouTube Rewind 2013 celebrates the YouTubers that delighted viewers throughout the year and kept us coming back for more. As has become tradition, a retrospective video starring the year’s biggest stars is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Some of our viral videos of the week favourites like Kid President, Jimmy Kimmel and Fallon, Cookie Monster and The Slow Mo Guys make an appearance along with veteran YouTube celebrities Jenna Marbles, PewDiePie, The Fine Bros and Smosh, all to a soundtrack of the biggest music videos on YouTube in 2013 mashed up by DJ Earworm.


The video has been titled ‘What does 2013 say?’ in tribute the year’s biggest viral hit, ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ by Norwegian brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker, better known as Ylvis. The musical hit was intended to promote their talk show but the song took off and ended up entering the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No 6, and even spawned a children’s book.


Ylvis has the most-watched video on YouTube this year, with more than 276m views and counting. It’s also top of the charts for Irish viewers, followed by Sminky Shorts’ ‘Elephant’ animation and RTÉ Republic of Telly’s ‘You Know You’re Irish When…’.


You can watch all the year’s top videos via the YouTube Rewind channel, which counts back the top 10 most-watched in Ireland, the UK and worldwide, as well as the most-played music videos. Psy maintains his grip on the international consciousness taking the global No 1 spot with ‘Gentleman’, but Miley Cyrus is top for Irish viewers.

Scrolling to the end of the list, though, we see that Gaeltacht summer school Coláiste Lurgan’s version of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ as Gaeilge has made it into the chart at No 10 – just one of many fantastic Irish-language interpretations produced by the school.


Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.