Me at the zoo
The first 18 seconds of YouTube: Jawed Karim, one of the site’s founders, gawping at elephants.
Touch of gold
Advertising goes viral: Ronaldinho cracked the million-views mark with this Nike ad full of tricks.
Charlie bit my finger
Ouch! The most famous fraternal feud on Earth – sorry, Cain and Abel – has more than 800 million views.
His chipmunk voice makes him the first YouTube user to secure more than a million subscribers.
Justin Bieber’s hit remains the most-viewed video for two years and is still the one with the most dislikes
Still out in front with over 2bn views, and you will still have the urge to dance to it everytime you watch it.
Red Bull Stratos
In the same year Austrian skydiver and base jumper Felix Baumgartner made history by being the first man to break the sound barrier in free fall. The jump was broadcast live on YouTube and, with more than 8 million viewers, the Red Bull Stratos became the most watched event in the history of the Internet.
Everyone’s gone mad: even the Norwegian army did it. That’s what happens when something goes viral.
Pharrell Williams’s amazingly catchy song still inspiring virals a year after release.