The award for YouTube's top trending video of the year goes to one from Thailand called "Until We Will Become Dust - Oyster Mask", a clip of a performance from a singing competition show called The Mask Singer, in which competitors wear elaborate masks to hide their identities.
As for the rest of the field, Ed Sheeran's boxing-themed "Shape Of You" came in at number two with 2.8 billion views and Bruno Mars claimed the number five spot with "That's What I Like". You probably don't want to play beer pong against these guys.
The America's Got Talent judging panel was so impressed by Darci Lynne Farmer's ventriloquist routine that they sent her straight to the live shows by pressing the coveted Golden Buzzer.
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Here are the most watched music videos of the year. It has been viewed nearly 1.1 billion times. No surprise here: "Despacito" took the crown.
YouTube is hiring more people to help curb videos that violate its policies. See the top 10 below.