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YouTube Rewind is a video series produced and created by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. These videos are an overview and a recap of each year's viral videos, events, trends, memes, and music.[9] Each year, the number of YouTube personalities featured has increased. The series' annual installments are uploaded onto YouTube's channel.

YouTube Rewind
YouTube Rewind 2018 Logo.jpg
Also known asYouTube Top 10 Videos (2010–11)
GenreYear-in-review, video mashup, music mashup
Created by
  • YouTube[1][2] (2010)
  • YouTube, Seedwell[3] (2012)
  • YouTube, Portal A Interactive[4][5][6][7] (2011 & 2013–present)
Directed by
  • Peter Furia (2012)
  • Kai Hasson (2011, 2013–present)
Opening themeThe Hood Internet - mashup music
Major Lazer (original remix) (2016)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes9
Executive producer(s)
  • Lee Hunter, Michael Rucker, Kevin Allocca, Dom Elliott[3] (2012)
  • Nate Houghteling, Zach Blume, (2013–present)[4][5][6]
  • Kai Hasson[6] (2014–present)
  • Michael Rucker, Peter Furia, Beau Lewis (2012)
  • Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto, Finley Wise (2011, 2013–present)
Running time1-8 minutes
Production company(s)YouTube, LLC, Portal A Interactive
DistributorYouTube, LLC
Original networkYouTube, LLC
Picture formatHigh resolution
1080p (HDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Medium resolution
480p (SDTV/HDTV)
360p (SDTV)
Low resolution
240p (SDTV)
144p (SDTV)
Audio format126 kbps AAC;
155-165 kbps Opus WebM
Original releaseDecember 12, 2010 (December 12, 2010)[2] –
External links
Portal A Interactive

The latest episode of YouTube Rewind, titled YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind, was released on December 6, 2018. Upon release, it received near universal disdain from critics, YouTubers, and viewers alike garnering over 15 million dislikes in its first two weeks and becoming the most disliked video of all time on YouTube with more than 16 million dislikes.



The first Rewind was created by YouTube in 2010 and featured a Top 50 list of the most popular YouTube videos for that year. In 2010, YouTube had started to create and produce Rewind videos with the help of Seedwell and Portal A Interactive.[3][7][10] From 2011 onward, the YouTube Rewind videos have only been uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel now known as just YouTube, with additional "behind-the-scenes" content.[10]


On December 13, 2010, the first YouTube Rewind was uploaded, titled "2010 YouTube Rewind: Year in Review". It featured the top 10 most popular videos on YouTube for the preceding year. It was uploaded on two channels: YouTube Trends on the first day,[2] and YouTube Spotlight on the second.[1]


On December 20, 2011, "YouTube Rewind 2011" was uploaded.[7][8] It was created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Intercreated,[7] and features Rebecca Black as the host. Her music video "Friday" had become a viral video in March 2011.[7][11] Like last year, it featured another top 10 most popular videos on YouTube for the year.[10]


In 2012, YouTube's Rewind videos changed to featuring several popular YouTubers; the most popular music, videos, and videos; breaking news; and internet memes from the year.

On December 17, 2012, "Rewind YouTube Style 2012", referencing "Gangnam Style", was uploaded to YouTube Spotlight.[12] It was created and produced by YouTube and Seedwill.[3]


The YouTube Rewind button was introduced in 2013.

On December 11, 2013, "YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?", referencing "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)", was uploaded to YouTube Spotlight.[4] It was created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive.[4] This was the first year that the YouTube Rewind Button was used; otherwise, it was very similar in style to the 2012 video. DJ Earworm mashed up six popular songs from the year. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots from The Tonight Show made guest appearances.[4]


On December 9, 2014,[5] "YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014", referencing "Turn Down for What", was uploaded to YouTube Spotlight. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. Over 10 songs were mashed together by DJ Earworm[5][13] for the video.[5] The video was not structured around songs, as in previous years. More internet memes and trends were used alongside the music. Its main features were the YouTube Rewind Button flag, with which YouTubers and characters run from the beginning of the video all the way to the end. The flag was run through the sets of The Colbert Report by Big Bird; Conan by Conan O'Brien, running through his own with Freddie Wong acting as the host' and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, by Kid President. The actual Rewind Button was not shown until the end of the video.[13]


On December 9, 2015,[6] "YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015", referencing "Watch Me", was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. It was the first one to feature a hashtag; #YouTubeRewind.[6][10] The video heavily incorporated previous years of YouTube due to 2015 being the website's 10th anniversary.[14] The music mashup was composed by The Hood Internet and include songs like Lean On by Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Can't Feel my Face by The Weeknd, and What Do you Mean by Justin Bieber. Additionally, Avicii composed an original remix for the video.[6][10] The video featured more gamers than previous years, such as YouTube personality Markiplier, with a segment set up to resemble the Five Nights at Freddy's, an indie, survival horror, point-and-click video game that has gained recognition since its first release in August 2014. The Rewind Button and logo were shown throughout the video. Its main appearance was with PewDiePie and Zoe Sugg about halfway through the video. They appeared next to a scoreboard with two dates of December 9, 2015. The scoreboard referenced Back To The Future II which was set in 2015. Zoe changes one scoreboard date back to February 14, 2005, leaving the other at December 9, 2015. Afterwards Felix "brofists" the rewind button, triggering the video to show viral videos and memes from 2015 back to 2005. After the credits, the Fine Brothers were shown arguing about whether PewDiePie was in the video.[10]


On December 7, 2016,[15] "YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge", referencing the increasing number of challenges that took place in 2016, was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel. It was again created and produced by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. Music was developed by The Hood Internet with an original remix by Major Lazer. The video begins with Dwayne Johnson showing a miniature Rewind button, and YouTube personalities hunting for 'Rewind' symbols in the style of Pokémon Go. The video also references objects being crushed by a hydraulic press, Hodor from Game of Thrones, the water-bottle flip challenge and the dabbing dance move. The video also reference songs like : Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, Closer by The Chainsmoker,... The video ends James Corden and other personalities in a car, in reference to the Carpool Karaoke segments from The Late Late Show.


On December 6, 2017, "YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017", referencing the song "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran, and Despacito by Luis Fonsi was uploaded to the YouTube Spotlight channel.

The Shape of 2017 received mixed reviews from critics, YouTubers,[16] and viewers alike following its release. Some of the various criticisms were directed at its overuse of memes,[17] and the notable exclusion of PewDiePie for controversies earlier in the year.[18][19][20][21]

To date, it has received 4.09 million likes, making it 9th most liked non-music YouTube video of all time. It also received significantly more dislikes than the previous years (excluding 2011), at 2.12 million dislikes, making it the 14th most disliked YouTube video of all time.


Upon its release, Everyone Controls Rewind was overwhelmingly panned, receiving extensive backlash from critics, YouTubers and viewers alike. Many YouTubers deemed it the "worst Rewind ever".[28] Criticisms ranged from the inclusion of celebrities and personalities who are not affiliated with YouTube (such as Will Smith, Ninja[29], John Oliver, and Trevor Noah) as well as the exclusion of certain controversial acts, such as Shane Dawson, Lil Pump, KSI vs Logan Paul and PewDiePie vs T-Series.[30]

Everyone Controls Rewind incorporated user comment suggestions as a part of the video, although many viewers stated that the trends that the video included (such as Fortnite and K-pop) were unpopular to majority of the community, calling YouTube "out of touch" with its viewers and their interests. Julia Alexander of The Verge suggested that YouTube Rewind had intentionally left out the biggest moments on the platform in 2018 in an attempt to appease worried advertisers over controversies that had plagued the platform over the past 2 years: "it’s [...] increasingly apparent, however, that YouTube is trying to sell a culture that’s different from the one millions of people come to the platform for, and that’s getting harder for both creators and fans to swallow".[31] Meira Gebel of Business Insider shared a similar sentiment, saying that "The video appears to be an attempt for the company to keep advertisers on its side following a rather rocky 2018."[32] In her February YouTube Newsletter, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki admits that the video did poorly, saying "Even my kids called it cringy"

Everyone Controls Rewind is currently the most disliked YouTube video of all time, with 16 million dislikes in comparison to its 2.51 million likes. It is also the first video to reach 10 million dislikes. Meanwhile, PewDiePie's reaction video YouTube Rewind 2018 but it's actually good, claimed the top spot of the most liked non-music videos only two days after being uploaded.

Series videosEdit

Video Upload date Views (millions) Likes (thousands) Dislikes (thousands) Like percentage Dislike percentage IMDb rating
Season 1
"YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review"[2][1] December 13, 2010[a] 6.74 50.67 3.99 92.69% 7.31% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2011"[8] December 20, 2011 11.05 87.31 84.29 50.88% 49.12% N/A
Season 2
"Rewind YouTube Style 2012"[12] December 17, 2012 189.98 1336.64 81.75 94.24% 5.76% 6.5 (128 reviews)[33]
"YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?"[34] December 11, 2013 131.13 1457.10 76.74 95.00% 5.00% 6.4 (105 reviews)[35]
"YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014"[13] December 9, 2014 129.68 1538.21 76.02 95.29% 4.71% 6.3 (181 reviews)[36]
"YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015 | #YouTubeRewind"[37] December 9, 2015 145.90 2699.46 197.62 93.18% 6.82% 5.4 (72 reviews)[38]
"YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge | #YouTubeRewind"[15] December 7, 2016 228.81 3651.43 543.66 87.04% 12.96% 1.8 (139 reviews)[39]
"YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 | #YouTubeRewind"[40] December 6, 2017 218.21 4091.60 2124.85 65.82% 34.18% 1.3 (170 reviews)[41]
"YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind | #YouTubeRewind"[42] December 6, 2018 169.99 2549.61 15963.29 13.77% 86.23% 1.0 (189 reviews)[43]
Behind the Scenes
"Behind the Scenes + Outtakes from Rewind YouTube Style 2012"[44] December 17, 2012 3.59 44.54 1.46 96.82% 3.18% N/A
"Making of YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?"[45] December 11, 2013 3.55 49.34 1.92 96.26% 3.74% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2014: Behind the Scenes"[46] December 9, 2014 5.40 99.94 1.89 98.14% 1.86% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2015: Behind the Scenes | #YouTubeRewind"[47] December 9, 2015 6.23 146.03 2.13 98.56% 1.44% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2016: Behind the Scenes | #YouTubeRewind"[48] December 7, 2016 7.33 151.05 5.38 96.56% 3.44% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2017: Behind the Scenes | #YouTubeRewind"[49] December 6, 2017 6.04 162.83 20.80 88.67% 11.33% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2018: Behind the Scenes | #YouTubeRewind"[50] December 6, 2018 3.64 72.75 158.93 31.40% 68.60% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2016: Unboxing the Cube in 360° #YouTubeRewind"[51] December 7, 2016 1.66 26.74 2.98 89.98% 10.02% N/A
"YouTube Rewind 2016: Epic Group Running Man Challenge in 360° #YouTubeRewind"[52] December 7, 2016 5.78 53.22 10.46 83.58% 16.42% N/A
Totals and Average Like and Dislike Percentage 1256.47 18147.8 17955.56 50.27% 49.73%
As of December 28, 2018


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Casper Lee                  
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Charlie Sheen                  
Chester See                  
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Colin Furze                  
Collins Key                  
Conan O'Brien                  
Conchita Wurst                  
Connor Franta                  
Corridor Digital                  
Daddy Yankee                  
Daimaou Kosaka                  
Dagi Bee                  
Dan Howell                  
Daniel Middleton                  
Dave Days                  
David Dobrik                  
Deeva Jessica                  
Deji Olatunji                  
DeStorm Power                  
Dina Tokio                  
Dodie Clark                  
Dotty TV                  
Dross Rotzank                  
Dude Perfect                  
Dwayne Johnson                  
Ed Bassmaster                  
Eh Bee Family                  
Elle and Blair Fowler                  
Elle Mills                  
El Rubius                  
Emma Blackery                  
Emma Chamberlain                           
Enzo Knol                  
Epic Meal Time                  
Epic Rap Battles of History                  
Eva Gutowski                  
Evan Edinger                  
Evan Fong                  
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Gen Halilintar                  
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Gigi Gorgeous                  
Girls' Generation                  
Greg Lazzaroto                  
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Hank Green                  
Hannah Hart                  
Hannah Stocking                  
Harun Robert                  
Hayla Ghazal                  
Hikaru Kaihatsu                  
Honey Badger's Randall                  
How Ridiculous                  
How It Should Have Ended                  
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Ingrid Nilsen                  
Isaiah Mustafa                  
Ivan Rudskoi                  
Jack Douglass                  
Jaiden Animations                  
Jake Paul                  
Jake Roper                  
James Charles                  
James Corden                  
Jamie Oliver                  
Jenn McAllister                  
Jenna Mourey                  
Jimmy Fallon                  
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