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The top 10 memes, viral videos, and online goings-on that defined 2014

Nick Mediati | Jan. 2, 2015
What was it for you—Kitten Jam? The Ice Bucket Challenge? Relive some of the hottest happenings on the Internet from the past year.

10. Going viral to make a change
From #YesAllWomen to #BlackLivesMatter, the Internet once again showed it can foster important discussion that just might lead to lasting change.

One highly publicized video tackled the issue of catcalling: It followed a woman as she walked through Manhattan for ten hours and captured some of the responses she received from men as she walked by. With 38 million views, it was one of YouTube's top trending videos of 2014

But no viral video topped this:

Bonus: 'Gangnam Style' literally breaks YouTube
Psy's Gangnam Style is not a 2014 phenomenon, but it's remained popular online despite becoming old news. In 2014, The Meme That Will Never Die surpassed 2,147,483,647 views--the point at which YouTube's views counter stopped working.

YouTube has since fixed the issue, allowing the view counter to keep counting, but if anything, as our Brad Chacos pointed out, the news of the broken counter gave us all another excuse to marvel at Psy's masterpiece.

 

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