Study ranks states' favorite viral YouTube videos

Posted at 12:26 PM, Nov 28, 2018

In a not-so-scientific, but certainly eyebrow-raising study, GetCenturyLink recently released a report on each state’s favorite viral YouTube videos.

Those who grew up surfing the early years of YouTube will likely remember some of these videos.  

Some are heartwarming. Others are hilarious. And some are just downright strange and will have you questioning the sanity of humanity. But for whatever reason, across the board, users smashed the share button over and over until these videos went viral, gathering millions and millions of views.

In Colorado, the viral video that grabbed the most attention was a voiceover of a National Geographic documentary on honey badgers. Yes, you read that correctly. If this doesn't ring a bell, just click here for a reminder (or introduction) and enjoy this bizarre creation. Note that a few of these videos, including this honey badger video, contain some foul language. 

Here are the most viral videos in each state:

"JK Wedding Entrance Dance" (97 million views, July 2009)

Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

"3-year-old Mateo Makes His Case for Cupcakes: 'Linda, honey, just listen" (65 million views, March 2014)

Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma

"Charlie the Unicorn" (32 million views, January 2008)

Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming

"Charlie bit my finger" (864.9 million views, May 2007)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Texas

"Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife" (69 million views, April 2012)

Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington

"Rebecca Black - Friday" (127.5 million views, September 2011)

Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky

"The Crazy Nasty*** Honey Badger" (89 million views, January 2011)

Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota 

"Evolution of Dance" (304.2 million views, April 2006)

Mississippi, New Hampshire

"Chocolate Rain by Tay Zonday" (119.4 million views, April 2007)

Rhode Island, Vermont

"Daft Hands - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (69 million views, June 2007)


"David After Dentist" (138 million views, January 2009)

South Dakota

"Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question" (67 million views, August 2007)


"Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise" (183.3 million views, March 2007)


"Ultimate Dog Tease" (194.9 million views, May 2011)

District of Columbia

"Zombie Kid Likes Turtles" (60 million views, June 2007)