Top 12 Videos of 2012: The Year in YouTube!

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Man, 2012 was a great year for videos.

Long or short, highly produced or randomly amateur, political or sexual, musical or viral, these 12 videos spread like wildfire across the World Wide Internets.

What videos stand out as your favorites over the past 12 months? We've chosen a dozen that defined the year. Let's take a look back at 2012 in moving pictures:

12. Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know." Overplayed as it is dinky as it is catchy, Gotye's song may be one-hit wonder material, but that one hit was HUGE!

Cool video, too. Often imitated, never duplicated.

12 (tie). Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe." See description above.

11. Lil Wayne Deposition. Only Lil Wayne can be deposed in a civil lawsuit and make it hilarious, as his responses to Quincy Jones III's attorney proved.

Under oath or not, the man only truly answers to G-O-D.

10. KONY 2012. The viral film created by Jason Russell exposed the actions of notorious African warlord Joseph Kony, making Ugandan children a cause celebre.

It also led to unrelated, unintended mental issues for Russell himself.

9. Octomom Porn Trailer. Nothing like a little Octomom porn to get you going in the morning, if you know what we mean. We mean the opposite actually.

Revolting as it might seem, Nadya Suleman may have found her career calling this year. Octomom: Home Alone was nominated for a bunch of AVN Awards.

8. Mitt Romney's "47 percent" Quote. The run-up to the 2012 presidential election was jam packed with memorable speeches, quips, quotes and gaffes.

None summed up the tumultuous year in politics, or had a lasting impact, quite like Mitt Romney's claim that 47 percent of voters are freeloaders, however.

7. Dad Shoots Laptop. After reading some of his daughter's bratty comments on Facebook, this North Carolina dad decided to post some viral content of his own.

By shooting her laptop with his gun.

6. Amanda Todd Pleas For Help. Bullying victim Amanda Todd recorded this heartbreaking video, bringing attention not only to her own plight, but that of millions like her.

5. Sleeping Kitten Gets Hug From Mom. Because you'll never see anything cuter.

Seriously. Watch it and try not to tear up and show it to everyone you know.

4. Lana Del Rey SNL Performance. The singer's rendition of "Video Games" became one of the most discussed musical performances of the year, good or bad.

Why? Words can't sum it up, so just watch.

3. Kate Upton Cat Daddy Dance. Sports Illustrated's It Girl generated millions of views and distracted millions of men at work with this amazing clip of her dancing.

Wearing the tiniest bikini ever created. The slow-motion instant replay was also a nice touch ... it's like Terry Richardson is totally in sync with his audience.

2. Felix Baumgartner Space Jump. The daredevil's record-setting skydiving effort wasn't just the coolest thing ever - it was recorded and streamed live for all to see.

Breaking the sound barrier under his own power, he fell to Earth in less than five minutes from over 120,000 feet. That's more than 20 miles up there.

1. PSY, "Gangnam Style." If it's the most-watched video in the history of YouTube - in just a few months after its release, no less - can there be another choice?

Congratulations to all who made this eclectic list!

SEE ALSO: THG's Top 12 Memes of 2012!

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