Dave Chappelle's Netflix Special Tops YouTube's 2020 Trending Videos Chart


| LAST UPDATE 12/02/2020

By Mahlik Campbell
Dave Chappelle
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With 2020's highly-anticipated ending just a handful of days away, YouTube has released its list of the top trending videos and creators of the year. 

The final results show how everything that's happened in the U.S. and the rest of the world have greatly shaped peoples' viewing habits. You know, just things like a pandemic, civil protest and tension, politics mirroring a reality show, and last but not least, TikTok.


Leading the pack is Dave Chappelle, whose surprise Netflix special, '8:46,' titled after the amount of time George Floyd's neck was knelt on by a Minnesota police officer, causing him to die, not only captured the feeling of betrayal driving national marches but also what a socially-distanced event looks like in the age of coronavirus.

King: Chappelle beat out Saturday Night Live's 'First Debate Cold Open,' DudePerfect's 'Quarantine Stereotypes' and the first episode of John Krasinski's seemingly always viral 'Some Good News.' (Please bring that back.)

An analyst on YouTube’s culture and trends team, Earnest Pettie, said to The Verge, "More than anything else, [this list] sets the tone for how there was this thing that was happening in culture and in the world, and how people created content that reflected this moment that was happening." That's a damn good point.

Looking at the biggest trending visuals in music, Drake and Future's "Life Is Good" sits at number one, followed by 6ix9ine's "GOOBA," and Lil Baby and 42 Dugg's "We Paid." It's easy to forget that "GOOBA" broke the record for the most-viewed YouTube video in 24 hours with roughly 43 million plays, making Drizzy and Future's command of the culture even more notable.

You can peep the full lineup here.