Realistic cakes, stunts& sports: What Ireland watched on YouTube in 2021

YouTube today announced the annual list of Ireland’s top trending videos and music videos for the past year. The lists offer an insight into what caught the nation's attention throughout 2021 – lockdowns and all. This year's top trending videos show Ireland’s increasing interest in social media stars and the most recent YouTube trends that had us obsessed this year!

The rise of the content creator shows no signs of stopping with the majority of entries on the list from high profile YouTube creators. Topping Ireland’s most watched list, is a video created by Jimmy Donaldson, better known online as MrBeast, an American YouTuber who creates content that centres on expensive stunts. His If You Can Carry $1,000,000 You Keep It! video has over 52 million views!

The second most popular video of the year was created by The Sidemen, a British YouTube group who are well known for entertaining content, filming everything from food challenges to Googling themselves. The SIDEMEN HOT TUB MUKBANG video took second place in the top trending list. The group took part in a Mukbang, a popular YouTube trend which shows creators consuming vast quantities of food while chatting to their followers.

Northern Irish YouTuber and influencer Olivia Neil also made the top trending list with her video baking my ex a cake to get him back. The video with over 1.1 million views shows Olivia’s attempt to rekindle an old flame. Lazerbeam’s YouTube video Trolling TIKTOK Streamers is the fourth most watched in Ireland and shows the YouTube creator join TikTok creators on their live streams and offer them money to crack an egg on their head.

Aside from content creators, Irish people are still football fanatics with football match highlights and fan videos making the top trending list again this year. The third most watched YouTube video in Ireland in 2021 was Lingard & Ronaldo hurt Hammers in DRAMATIC late win! a highlight from the Premier League as Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-1 in a dramatic match which included a late Jesse Lingard winner and a missed penalty by 94th minute substitute Mark Noble.

As the end of the year draws closer the most watched music videos on YouTube showcases the musical tastes of the country over the past 12 months. Topping the Top 10 most watched Music Videos on YouTube in Ireland is Ed Sheeran with Bad habits, The song marked his first solo release from an album in over four years. Second most watched was The Weeknd’s Save Your Tears which was played over 600M times on YouTube. The Weekend also made the Top 10 most watched videos in Ireland 2021 with his Superbowl performance at the halftime show The Weeknd’s FULL Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show. Also making the Most Watched Music Video list was Olivia Rodrigo, the 18 year old actress and singer released Drivers License and Good 4 you this year which were both huge hits with the Irish nation.

Top 10 Most Watched YouTube Videos in Ireland 2021 (excluding major label music videos)

  1. If You Can Carry $1,000,000 You Keep It!
  2. SIDEMEN HOT TUB MUKBANG
  3. Lingard & Ronaldo hurt Hammers in DRAMATIC late win! | West Ham 1-2 Man Utd | EPL Highlights
  4. Trolling TIK TOK Streamers
  5. Baking my ex a cake to get him back
  6. Customer Shames Fast Food Worker, Instantly Regrets It | Dhar Mann
  7. Amazing Cakes That Look Like Everyday Objects
  8. The Weeknd’s FULL Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show
  9. The Overlap Live Fan Debate with Gary Neville, Roy Keane & Jamie Carragher | PL Preview Part 1
  10. If Everything Was Like Among Us 7

Top 10 Most Watched Music Videos in Ireland 2021

  1. Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits [Official Video]
  2. The Weeknd - Save Your Tears (Official Music Video)
  3. Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license (Official Video)
  4. Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u (Official Video)
  5. Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video)
  6. Tion Wayne x Russ Millions - Body 2 ft Arrdee, 3x3E1 & ZT, Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni
  7. Justin Bieber - Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
  8. Tom Grennan - Little Bit of Love (Official Video)
  9. The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber - STAY (Official Video)
  10. Polo G - RAPSTAR (Official Video

Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.

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