YouTube Rewind 2019 compiles PewDiePie, Minecraft, more videos you liked this year

Maybe Rewind 2019 will go over better than last year's video.

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The year is almost over and that means we're knee deep in 2019 recaps. YouTube on Thursday released its annual Rewind video, this year featuring videos and creators that users liked and watched the most. Among the highlights in Rewind 2019 are music videos from BTS and Lil Nas X, videos of people playing Minecraft and Fortnite and videos from popular creators like MrBeast and PewDiePie. 

YouTube acknowledged at the start of the video that Rewind 2018 didn't go over very well. A week after last year's video was released it had racked up 10 million dislikes, making it the most disliked video on YouTube.

"We can't ignore the elephant in the room: Last year's YouTube Rewind, um, wasn't your favorite (to put it lightly...)," YouTube said in a blog post Thursday. "So this year, we tried something different and looked at what you did like -- a lot. Our Rewind 2019 video compiles the top videos and creators that you liked and watched the most around the world, from the biggest games to must-watch beauty palettes and breakout stars."

So far, reaction to the video appears to be lukewarm. As of Friday morning, Rewind 2019 had tallied 1.3 million likes, but 2.6 million dislikes. Some people expressed disappointment on social media that the video was "just a compilation of top 10 countdowns," while others said Rewind should be about more than just like counts. 

Along with Rewind, YouTube released lists of the top videos for the year, covering everything from most-liked creator videos to most-viewed video games. The top trending videos in the US were watched collectively 305 million times and for around 50 million hours, YouTube said.

 Top Trending Videos in the US

  1. James Charles - No More Lies
  2. First We Feast - Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings | Hot Ones
  3. Shane - Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson
  4. MrBeast - I Bought Everything In A Store - Challenge
  5. Gillette - We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)
  6. DAZN USA - HIGHLIGHTS | Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.
  7. Jeffreestar - Kylie Skin Review with Shane Dawson
  8. Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM - Soulja Boy Drags Tyga, Drake, Kanye West & Reclaims The Best Comeback Of 2018
  9. Saturday Night Live - R. Kelly Interview Cold Open - SNL
  10. TheOdd1sOut - The Spiders and the Bees

Originally published Dec. 5.
Update, Dec. 6: Adds reaction to YouTube Rewind 2019.