Top viral YouTube videos of 2011: From Rebecca Black to Herman Cain to Virgin Diaries, and many more

Last year's top YouTube videos may have been filled with double rainbows and shirtless men selling you Old Spice, but 2011 brought something different to the viral forefront.

There was taxidermy, old people trying to figure out computers and Herman Cain. But most importantly, the world was serenaded for the first time by Rebecca Black.

So sit back and join us as we take a look at our picks for the top 10 viral videos of 2011!

10) The Official Ojai Valley Taxidermy TV Commercial  

A commercial created by two YouTubers as part of a TV show called "Commercial Kings" on IFC, captivated the world when it showed the magic of Chuck Testa and his love for taxidermy. If you don't crack a smile watching this… then you're probably Chuck Testa.

9) Couple from TLC's "Virgin Diaries" shares first kiss

This is one of those videos where it's so horrifying that you can't look away. TLC introduced its new show, "Virgin Diaries" by making everyone feel really uncomfortable. This couple's first kiss will live in wet, squishy infamy. You may no w eat the bride's face.

8) Deaf woman hears her own voice for the first time

29-year-old Sarah Churman was born deaf. But in 2011, with the help of new implant technology, she was able to hear her own voice for the first time -- and it was all caught on video and shared to the world by her husband. Note: This one's a tear-jerker.

7) NASA time lapse view of Earth

The crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station captured incredible footage of our planet, providing a view most of us could only dream of.

6) Helmet cam captures Russian teens climbing bridge

Don't forget to breathe when you watch this video of a few daredevil Russian teenagers climbing a massive bridge without any support or harness. While it's the most stressful video of the year, it's also the most mesmerizing. It's also very illegal, so don't try this.

5) Herman Cain's 'Thank You for Smoking' ad

Before he dropped out of the GOP presidential race, Herman Cain released a political ad that both shocked and confused its viewers -- the perfect combo to become an overnight Internet sensation.



4) Webcam 101: Senior citizen edition

Bruce and Esther Huffman, AKA "The Happy Huffmans," became an instant hit when they accidentally recorded their goofy, old people antics while trying to learn how to use their new computer.

3) Homeless Man with the golden voice

Ted Williams was your average homeless guy until he was "discovered" by a reporter in Columbus, Ohio, and put on the Internet. The 53-year-old, who went through a rough patch in his life, surprised everyone with his golden voice. After being viewed millions of times on YouTube, the 53-year-old was offered a job by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. He is even being pursued by NFL Films.

2) Sophia Grace Brownlee raps to Nicki Minaj

Just play it and let the video speak for itself.

 

 

 

1) Rebecca Black's 'Friday' official music video

You knew it was coming. Fridays will never be the same thanks to Rebecca Black, the energetic 13-year-old girl who took the Internet by storm as she made the life-altering decision: "Which seat can I take?" Will she kick it in the front seat or sit in the back? The world may never know.

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