YouTube Rewind: Nigeria’s Top Videos of 2015

As we draw the curtain on an incredible 2015, it’s time to take our annual look at the videos, moments and channels that shaped our year. The 2015 list, which includes the biggest viral hits from the most popular channels in the country shows that politics, the elections and of course, music, are still very critical in driving pop culture in Nigeria.

Not surprisingly, Politics was a hot topic on the Nigerian list this year, as the presidential election and its aftermath loomed large in the minds of Nigerians. Occupying the 5th and 10th position on the top trending non-music videos list are the audio file of Ex-pres. Jonathan’s congratulatory call to Pres. Buhari, and Rev. Mbaka’s outburst pertaining to President Jonathan’s re-election campaign.

However it wasn’t only about the serious stuff alone, as AYTV’s take on ‘Election Results’, Sahara TV’s satirical video on the exit of ‘Patience & Goodluck Jonathan from Aso Rock Staff’ and Bovi TV’s ‘The Innocent Man’ kept the country in stitches.

Also making the top 10 list are the moments that sent shock waves across the nation. The ‘alarming confession of nanny who kidnapped Orekoya children’ and the Lekki Robbery which occurred in March are two of the videos that also made the top-10 list.

Street-type interviews are also fast becoming a top favorite with Nigerian YouTube viewers- a sign that Nigerians want to be involved in deciding the direction of trending stories. Topping the list and holding the much coveted 2015 highest trending video position is Nigeria the Naij interview relating to the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The video which was uploaded in April has been watched over 650k times.

In the music category, CEO of top music label “Yahoo Boy No Laptop” (YBNL), Olamide has been a clear favourite, with his runaway hits ‘Bobo’, ‘Falila Ketan’, ‘Melo Melo’ and ‘Lagos Boys’ making the list of music videos that kept Nigerian feet dancing in 2015.

The gravity-defying moves of Psquare put ‘Collabo’ firmly on the list, which is dominated by videos from Nigeria’s music industry, including Flavour and Chidinma’s ‘Ololufe’, ‘Woju remix’ by Kiss Daniel, and WizKid’s tribute ‘Ojuelegba’.. Wiz Khalifa flies the flag for only foreign artist on the Nigerian list with ‘See You Again’ from the cinema hit Furious 7.

Globally, the top trending videos of 2015 include Watch Me (Whip /NaeNae) from Silento; The official Super Bowl TV Commercial for Clash of Clans: Revenge;, The Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!! and the hilarious Lip Synch battle between Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon.

The top 5 music videos worldwide are the Furious 7 soundtrack, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth; Sugar by Maroon 5; Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do; Lean On by Major Lazer & Dj Snake and Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, featuring Kendrick Lamar.

What’s New to YouTube Rewind This Year
In celebration of YouTube’s 10th anniversary, the annual Rewind video reviewed the most memorable online memes on YouTube from the past decade. A new feature in YouTube desktop and mobile app, named the YouTube Trending Tab, which will feature a broad range of videos that are popular on YouTube has also been launched. This is a new way to track the videos people are watching, discussing, and sharing each and every day, making Rewind a daily destination.

Be sure to visit next week for Google’s annual look at the people, places and events that captured the world’s attention.

Top 10 Videos watched in Nigeria in 2015 (Non-Music)
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Nigerians disclose how they feel about tattoos
Interview with Aisha Buhari
Audio: President Jonathan Calls To Congratulate Buhari
The Innocent Man
Lekki Robbery Clip
Patience & Goodluck Jonathan Say Goodbye To Aso Rock Staff
Alarming Confession of Nanny Who Kidnapped Orekoya Children
Rev. Mbaka Fights Back Against President Jonathan and First Lady Patience Jonathan
Top 10 Music Videos watched in Nigeria in 2015
Olamide – Bobo [Official Video]
Flavour – Ololufe Ft. Chidinma [Official Video]
PSquare – Collabo [Official Video] ft. Don Jazzy
Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
Olamide – Falila Ketan [Official Video]
Kiss Daniel – Woju [Official Remix Video] ft. Davido, Tiwa Savage
Olamide – Melo Melo [Official Video]
Olamide – Lagos Boys [Official Video]
DAVIDO x MEEK MILL – FANS MI (Official Music Video)
Global Top Trending Videos:
Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn
Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial)
Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!
Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council
Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon
Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke
6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon – 4K – The Slow Mo Guys
Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain’s Got Talent 2015
Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)
Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition
Global Music list
Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (Official Video)
Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) (Official Music Video)
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar
David Guetta – Hey Mama (Official Video) ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
Sia – Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video)
Fifth Harmony – Worth It ft. Kid Ink
Adele – Hello
Silentó – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (Official)

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