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YouTube Rewind: The Videos That Singaporeans Were Watching In 2019

Singaporean pride and Asian flavour were strong in this year’s Rewind lists and we release the list of Most Watched Creator Videos for the first time

We’re less than a month away to ringing in the start of a new decade! Before we pop our champagne, let’s take some time to pause, rewind and look back at the videos that made it to Singaporeans’ YouTube watchlists in 2019. 

The National Day Parade committee seem to have a winning formula for their annual theme songs. Following in the footsteps of 2018’s top trending video, we sang loudly and proudly once again to this year’s track, Our Singapore. The voices of 27 musicians from different generations including Rahimah Rahim, Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin and Dick Lee propelled the video to #2 spot in this year’s trending list. Since its opening earlier this year, Changi Airport’s latest attraction, Jewel, has since become an instantly recognisable icon globally. CNBC International’s feature (#6) on this shining new ‘crown jewel’ also got locals and tourists excited about the 10-storey building that has welcomed about 50 million visitors in its first six months. 

Asian music at the top of the charts

Singaporeans’ interest in Asian artistes were evident in this year’s top trending music and non-music YouTube videos. 

Singer Jackson Wang’s rendition of a Jay Chou classic in the Chinese reality show, Sound of My Dream, topped the list of trending YouTube videos (non-music) and the audience watched a new wave of performers showcase their vocal prowess during the singing competition, Sing!China (#7)

Among the top trending YouTube music videos, Kpop fans were grooving to the tunes of Black Pink (#1), BTS (#2) and Twice (#8) while the smooth vocals of Mandopop singers, Eric Chou (#5), Jay Chou with Mayday Ashin (#7) and A-han (#10) warmed the hearts of many. Together with the catchy Tamil track by Dhanush & Dhee (#3), Asian music secured seven out of 10 spots in the trending music lists.

YouTube is home to a diversity of content 

According to Kantar TNS, over 75% of YouTube users in Singapore indicated that YouTube has content that match their preferences. In 2019, beyond music, Singaporeans showed particular interests in food, sports and the environment. A simple yet heartwarming Korean-style egg fried rice (#4) satisfied the cravings for Korean cuisine in just minutes and an epic match between Liverpool and Barcelona at the UEFA Champions League (#5) kept Singaporeans at the edge of their seats. The growing interest in environmental conservation also had people rallying together for the rescue of sea turtles (#10) in the ocean. 

Celebrating the local creators who stood out in 2019

Today, YouTube is also announcing the first-ever list of Most Watched Creator Videos in Singapore to celebrate our homegrown channels who have produced inspiring, engaging and entertaining content. 

Coming up top is the beautiful proposal between Singapore’s top YouTuber, Jianhao Tan (>3.7M subscribers) and his wife Debbie that left the audience in happy tears. Millennials of Singapore, who was 2018’s Top Rising Creator also achieved another milestone by breaking into this year’s YouTube trending list (#8) and becoming the second Most Watched Creator Video locally by  tackling the difficult topic of breakups on their Real Talk series. Riding on Kpop group, Black Pink’s Kill This Love frenzy, Night Owl Cinematics set the dancefloor on fire with an amusing challenge set to the beat of the iconic number to thank their fans for helping them reach the milestone of 900k subscribers. 

Jianhao Tan, Millennials of Singapore and Night Owl Cinematics also claimed the #3, #8 and #9 spots in the overall Trending YouTube Videos (non-music) chart respectively. 

One of the fastest growing channels in the list of Most Watched Creator Videos in Singapore includes the brand new all-female channel, Ladies First, by Jianhao Tan’s Titan Digital Media. Their content focusing on  beauty, fashion and health struck a chord with the crowd and amassed a substantial following of close to 200k subscribers since the channel started in January.

Most Watched Creator Videos in Singapore

  1. JianHao Tan: The Big Surprise Proposal – JianHao Tan & Debbie
  2. Millennials of Singapore: Breakups – Real Talk Episode 17 (ft. Harvinth Skin)
  3. Night Owl Cinematics: BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ – Dance Challenge in High Heels
  4. Naomi Neo: My Life After Becoming A Mom | Naomi Neo
  5. Dee Kosh: Watching CRINGEY Singaporean Tik Tok Videos
  6. Umeandhara: I Rented A Date in Singapore!
  7. Wah! Banana: How People Eat Hotpot
  8. Ladies First: First Trimester Pregnancy Update (Baby Bump REVEALED!)
  9. SethLui.com: The Truth About Opening A Japanese Restaurant in Singapore: Misato
  10. The Smart Local: Singaporeans Try: Relationship Dilemma Questions

Angeline Leow, Head of Communications, Google Singapore said, “YouTube is a platform that brings people together and connects them with the content they love. Over the past year, we’ve seen the hours of content uploaded from YouTube channels in Singapore growing by over 50%. This is a testament of a dynamic creator community in Singapore and the magic they create every day to keep viewers coming back for more. ”

YouTube Rewind brings together the biggest music, trends, memes and characters from the past twelve months featuring today’s biggest YouTube stars and mainstream personalities. Check out the YouTube Singapore Rewind channel to explore all the trending videos of the year.

Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (non-music)

  1. ZJSTV Music Channel: [ 纯享 ] Jackson Wang王嘉尔《安静》《梦想的声音3》EP12 20190111  /浙江卫视官方音乐HD/
  2. CNA: NDP 2019 theme song: Our Singapore
  3. JianHao Tan: The Big Surprise Proposal – JianHao Tan & Debbie
  4. One meal a day: 간단요리::계란볶음밥 만들기::고슬고슬 황금볶음밥 :: Ep.07
  5. Goal: EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS: Liverpool FC 4-0 FC Barcelona (AGG: 4-3) UEFA Champions League Highlights
  6. CNBC International: The world’s best airport just got even better | CNBC Reports
  7. SING!CHINA Official Channel: [ENG SUB]正片FULL【2019中国好声音】EP1:哈林那英相爱相杀 李荣浩惨被“闭麦” 丨Sing!China 20190719第一集官方超清HD
  8. Millennials of Singapore: Breakups – Real Talk Episode 17 (ft. Harvinth Skin)
  9. Ryan Sylvia (Night Owl Cinematics): BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ – Dance Challenge in High Heels
  10. Little Paws: Rescue Sea Turtles, Removing Barnacles from Poor Sea Turtles Compilation

Singapore: Top Trending YouTube Videos (music)

  1. BLACKPINK: BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ M/V
  2. Ibighit: BTS (방탄소년단) ‘작은 것들을 위한 시 (Boy With Luv) feat. Halsey’ Official MV
  3. Wunderbar Studios: Maari 2 – Rowdy Baby (Video Song) | Dhanush, Sai Pallavi | Yuvan Shankar Raja | Balaji Mohan
  4. Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
  5. Eric周興哲: Eric周興哲《怎麼了 What’s Wrong》Official Music Video – 華劇【你有念大學嗎?】片尾曲
  6. Sam Smith: Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
  7. 杰威爾音樂 JVR Music: 周杰倫 Jay Chou【說好不哭 Won’t Cry】with 五月天阿信 (Mayday Ashin) Official MV
  8. JYP Entertainment: TWICE “FANCY” M/V
  9. Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande – 7 rings
  10. SDP Music Channel: Ayo97 – 感謝你曾來過 ft.阿涵「高音質 x 動態歌詞 Lyrics」♪ SDPMusic ♪

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