Top Viral Videos and Digital Stars of 2015 (VIDEO)

It's that time again! What's Trending and video intelligence firm Tubular Labs have released our 4th annual list of the 'Top Viral Videos and Stars of 2015.' For the first time, the list includes trending videos on different platforms such as Vine, Facebook and Instagram.

With the help of YouTube parody star Bart Baker, we take you through the viral video highlights of 2015; what made you laugh, cry, cringe and think. The videos on this list had to break through the video clutter and get people talking and sharing on social. And this year, the list covers a range of new categories, from Top Instagram and Vine videos to Celebrity Meeting Fan video to Statement of the Year video.

And the winners are...

Viner of the Year: KingBach
27.3 million cross-platform followers
14.5 million Vine followers
In 2015:
▪ 152 Vines
▪ 2.2 billion views
▪ Most watched Vine: (57M Loops)

Most Viewed Viner of 2015: Lele Pons
10 million Vine followers
In 2015:
▪ 199 vines
▪ 3.1 billion views
▪ Most watched Vine: (39M Loops)

Most shared Vine:

Most Viewed: Paris Stadium Blasts (11/13/15)
169.3 million views on Vine
390K cross platform engagements

Most Engaged: Duck Army (8/30/15)
138 million views on Vine
2 million cross platform engagements

Instagram Star:

Celebrity: Taylor Swift
217.1 million cross-platform followers
57.2 million Instagram followers
In 2015
▪ 76 Instagram videos
▪ 264.8 million Instagram video views
▪ Most watched Instagram video: (6.2M views)

Influencer: Dan Bilzerian
25.1 million cross-platform followers
14.3 million Instagram followers
In 2015
▪ 59 Instagram videos
▪ 26.1 million views
▪ Most watched Instagram video: (NSFW) (2M views)

Brand: National Geographic
91.3 million cross-platform followers
37.8 million Instagram followers
In 2015
▪ 77 Instagram videos
▪ 74.4 million views
▪ Most watched Instagram video: (2.5M views)

Most shared instagram video of the year: Taylor Swift dances with Dylan (9/21/15)
6.2 million views
2 million cross-platform engagements

Video Brand of the year

Overall: Buzzfeed Video
18 million cross-platform followers
In 2015
▪ 3,161 videos
▪ 7.1 billion views
▪ Most watched video: (81.3M views)

Celebrity: Ellen DeGeneres
111 million cross-platform followers
In 2015
▪ 2,024 videos
▪ 2.9 billion views
▪ Most watched video: (74.3M views)

Comedy Sketch of the Year: Buzzfeed's Puppyhood
81.3 million views on Facebook, 8 million on YouTube
3 million cross-platform engagements

Movie trailer of the year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (10/19/15)
68 million views on YouTube
201M Cross-Platform Video Views
5.9M Cross-Platform engagements

Facebook page/star of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo
186.4 million followers
108 million Facebook followers
In 2015
▪ 32 Facebook videos
▪ 158.4 million views
▪ Most watched video: (44.9M views)

Facebook video of the year: Baked Apple Roses (10/5/15) (also overall top food video cross-platform)
222 million views
7.8 million cross-platform engagements

Interview of the year: French father & son (11/16/15)
42 million views
1.6 million cross-platform engagements

Viral game of the year: Pie in the face (4/20/15)
175.4 million views
4.5 million engagements

Top video posted by a celebrity: Dog costume - Tyrese Gibson (11/19/15)
154.9 million views
6 million engagements

Cutest baby video: This is why moms never get work done (2/18/15)
152.8 million views
5.4 million engagements

Celebrity meeting fan video: "Captain Jack Sparrow" at hospital (7/9/15)
134.1 million views
2.9 million cross-platform engagements

"Happy tears" video: Welcome back, troops (12/31/14)
127.4 million views
4 million cross-platform engagements

Fail of the Year: Mini basketball fail (7/6/15)
84.3 million views
882K cross-platform engagements

Family vlogger video: Dead Husband Walking - Eh Bee Family (8/18/15)
125.9 million views
3.3 million cross-platform engagements

Animal video of the year: Unlikely Friends - Android Ad (2/8/15)
178.8 million views
5.4 million cross-platform engagements

Funniest TV blooper reel: America's Funniest Home Videos - Ice Bucket bloopers (3/17/15)
187.9 million views
4.9 cross-platform engagements

Viral Trend of the Year: The Dress
73 million views on the original Tumblr post
The Dress was referenced on Twitter over 10 million times in one week.
About 20,000 different videos about The Dress were posted across various platforms

YouTube star of the year: PewDiePie
62.1 million cross-platform followers
40.7 million YT followers
In 2015
▪ 577 YT videos
▪ 2.4 billion views
▪ Most watched video: (22.9M views)

Music video of the year: See You Again - Wiz Khalifa for Fast & Furious 7 (4/6/15)
1.2 billion views
9.3 million cross-platform engagements

Top children's video: The Ball Pit Show - learning colors (6/23/15)
225.9 million views
147K cross-platform engagements

International video / Inspiring video: Security camera / homeless guy (8/28/15)
190.3 million views
8.4 million cross-platform engagements

Prank of the year: Crazy Plastic Ball Prank (1/18/15)
55.9 million views
773K engagements

Music video parody of the year: Uptown Funk parody (1/31/15)
25.9 million views
279K cross-platform engagements

Most discussed YouTube topic of the year: Minecraft
4.2 million videos
32.3 billion views
997K creators

Cover of the Year: Megan Trainor's Lips Are Movin (1/21/15)
56.6 million views
325K cross-platform engagements

Wedding Proposal of the Year: 365 Day Wedding Proposal (1/18/15)
26.1 million views
63K cross-platform engagements

Statement Video of the Year: Self-Esteem - Drawing Hearts (9/9/15)
123.3 million views
3.3 million engagements

Originally posted by Christine Linnell on