'What Does the Fox Say' tops YouTube in 2013

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YouTube's top 10 most viewed video lists for 2013, led by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis' pop hit "The Fox", both around the world and in Australia.

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YouTube's Rewind has landed for 2013, and once again, it's rather music heavy — with the quirky topping the list around the globe. Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis' pop song "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)", a heart-rending ballad about the mysterious cry of the fox (perhaps they should have spent more time on YouTube), was this year's smash hit, coming in at over 277 million views.

That's pretty decent, but it's still a long way behind "Gangnam Style", released to YouTube in July 2012 and hitting over a billion views by December. That said, the second video on the list — MisterEpicMann's How Animals Eat Their Food — is a ways behind again, coming in at just over 89 million.

The full list for the most-viewed YouTube videos in Australia is as follows:

  1. Ylvis — "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" by tvnorge (over 277 million views)

  2. How Animals Eat Their Food by MisterEpicMann (over 89 million views)

  3. "YOLO" (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar) by thelonelyisland (over 53 million views)

  4. asdfmovie6 by TomSka (over 24 million views)

  5. The Difference Between Wogs & Aussies: Clubbing by superwog1 (1.6 million views)

  6. Harlem Shake (original army edition) by Kenneth Håkonsen (95.5 million views)

  7. The NFL : A Bad Lip Reading — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL by BadLipReading (44 million views)

  8. Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 | Police Brutality by SydneyMardisGras2013 (1.9 million views)

  9. A Funny Montage by PewDiePie (36.6 million views)

  10. Mozart vs Skrillex by Epic Rap Battles of History (42 million views).

The numbers don't quite add up down the list, but those are the global views — the list is in order of Australian views.

Australia's rising YouTube stars around the world were vlogger Troye Sivan, singing twin sisters Jayesslee, science channel Veritasium, pop band 5 Seconds of Summer and Natalie Tran (AKA Community Channel).

You can check out more top trending YouTube videos in Australia and New Zealand here and the top trending videos globally here.

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