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YouTube reveals most popular videos of 2013

A still from Drake's video for "Started From The Bottom." Source: Vimeo

Canadians want to know what the fox said, according to YouTube’s top videos for 2013.

The Fox (What does the Fox Say) by the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis was the top trending video in Canada this year, with 275 million views worldwide, the company revealed Wednesday.

Other top hits included Toronto’s own Drake, with his Started from the Bottom video coming in at No. 9 on the top ten music videos list. And Commander Chris Hadfield’s outer space rendition of Space Oddity was the ninth most-trending video of the year.

Big names and smaller players rounded out the top trending videos, with companies like Evian and Dove placing in the top ten alongside viral sensations like the Harlem Shake.

Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top in 2013. Two of her music videos were in the top ten, with Wrecking Ball smashing in to first place and We Can’t Stop at No. 4. Psy, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, and Rihanna also placed in the top ten.

With six billion hours of YouTube watched every month, it takes more than views to be at the top. YouTube considered views, likes, shares, and other factors when deciding which videos were most trending.

This is the fifth year in a row YouTube has compiled lists of the top music videos and top trending videos for countries worldwide.

If you’re hoping to make the list next year, YouTube said there’s no exact formula. But they did offer some advice on their website.

“Popular videos tend to have three key characteristics. They’re entertaining or informative in some way, they’re something that you want to share with other people, and they come from a channel with more videos like it.”

Top Trending Videos in Canada for 2013
1. Ylvis – the Fox (What does the Fox Say) by tvnorge
2. Dove Real Beauty Sketches by Doveunitedstates
3. How Animals Eat Their Food by MisterEpicMann
4. Baby & Me / the new evian film by Evianbabies
5. Yolo (Feat Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar) by thelonelyisland
6. Harlem Shake (original army edition) by kennethaakonsen
7. The NFL A Bad Lip Reading by BadLipReading
8. Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank by MagicofRahat
9. Space Oddity by Chris Hadfield
10. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise by CarrieNYC

Top Music Videos in Canada for 2013
1. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
2. Psy – Gentleman M/V
3. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
4. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I. Pharrell
5. Rihanna – Stay ft. Mikky Ekko
6. P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess
7. Katy Perry – Roar (Official)
8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold us Feat. Ray Dalton
9. Drake – Started from the Bottom (Explicit)
10. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It