YouTube reveals the UK’s top trending videos for 2020

YouTube logo on a smartphone screen

Many of us have turned to YouTube during the pandemic (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

YouTube has published its list of the top-trending videos watched in the UK over the last twelve months.

Like parent company Google, this end-of-year list was heavily influenced by the global coronavirus pandemic.

The number one trending video of the year was Joe Wicks’ P.E. with Joe on Monday, March 23. The Body Coach became the nation’s P.E. teacher during the spring when the first lockdown was put in place across the UK.

‘What an incredible year. The pandemic has been really tough for everyone, but I’m so proud that I was able to help so many people with my workouts on YouTube,’ Wicks said in a statement.

‘I never could have imagined that ‘PE with Joe’ would take off the way it did, but it will always be one of my most proudest achievements.’

The second video on the list is a mukbang – a hugely popular type of eating show – hosted by the Sidemen channel, a group of popular YouTubers. This particular video was uploaded on June 28 and has, at the time of writing, nearly 18 million views.

Joe Wicks in his living room

Joe Wicks takes part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief ‘Big Night In’ (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)


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Third on the list is an upload from ITV’s This Morning programme in which Phillip Schofield came out as gay.

Roya Zeitoune, the head of YouTube Culture & Trends, EMEA said: ‘2020 has brought about astounding change. It’s altered the way we work, communicate, learn and live. But Brits haven’t let this year’s challenges stop them.

‘Whether it’s gardening or a new skill in the kitchen, staying fit with Joe Wicks MBE or finding creative ways to keep British community alive with weekly pub quizzes from home, YouTube’s look back at 2020 proves that Brits have focused on overcoming adversity by participating in digital culture.

‘The UK turned to YouTube to find the content they love, shared by the people and voices they relate to and recognise. The access to authentic connection as well as unexpected joys are what YouTube is all about and why it remains on the cutting edge of culture.’

Here’s how the full list looks, as well as some other top-tens from YouTube during 2020

Top trending YouTube videos in the UK 2020

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ‘This Morning’ (Credits: ITV/REX)
  1. The Body Coach (UK) – P.E with Joe | Monday 23rd March 2020
  2. Sidemen (UK) – SIDEMEN REUNITED MUKBANG
  3. This Morning (UK) – Phillip Schofield Opens up About Being Gay | This Morning
  4. NikkieTutorials (NL) – I’m Coming Out.
  5. WillNE (UK) – Making YouTubers Sing All Star – Smash Mouth Without Realising
  6. Sky Sports Boxing (UK) – FULL FIGHT! Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib
  7. MrBeast (US) – $250,000 Influencer Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
  8. Britain’s Got Talent (UK) – GOLDEN BUZZER! Sign Along With Us put on the GREATEST show in EMOTIONAL Audition | BGT 2020
  9. BT Sport (UK) – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich (2-8) | UEFA Champions League highlights
  10. JeffreeStar (US) – We Broke Up

Top 10 breakout YouTube creators watched in the UK in 2020

Home workout graph

Home workouts became a thing in 2020 led by The Body Coach (YouTube)
  1. The Body Coach TV (UK)
  2. Dream (US)
  3. Chloe Ting (AU)
  4. Vikkstar123 (UK)
  5. charli d’amelio (US)
  6. Dixie D’Amelio (US)
  7. Hyram (US)
  8. GeorgeNotFound (US)
  9. Addison Rae (US)
  10. Yung Filly (UK)

Top YouTube creators watched in the UK in 2020

MrBeast in his car (Picture: MrBeast)

UK viewers are loving MrBeast in 2020 (Picture: MrBeast)
  1. The Body Coach TV (UK)
  2. MrBeast (US)
  3. Sidemen (UK)
  4. Dream (US)
  5. Eboys (UK)
  6. LazarBeam (AU)
  7. Niko Omilana (UK)
  8. ZHC (US)
  9. Fresh (AU)
  10. MollyMae (UK)

Top music videos watched in the UK in 2020

Protest-related songs peaked with Black Lives Matter during the summer (YouTube)

Protest-related songs peaked with Black Lives Matter during the summer (YouTube)
  1. Future, Life Is Good ft. Drake
  2. 6IX9INE, GOOBA
  3. Aitch x AJ Tracey, Rain ft. Tay Keith
  4. Joel Corry x MNEK, Head & Heart
  5. DaBaby, ROCKSTAR FT RODDY RICCH
  6. Tion Wayne x Dutchavelli x Stormzy, I Dunno
  7. The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
  8. Dutchavelli, Only If You Knew
  9. Eminem, Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD
  10. Drake, Toosie Slide


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