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The best online videos of 2011

A gob-smacking 1 trillion videos were watched on YouTube in 2011, from Rebecca Black to Benton/Fenton. Here's some of our favourites.

It's been the biggest year ever for online video. We watched a gobsmacking 1 trillion YouTube videos in 2011, from Rebecca Black and the Lonely Island to Nyan Cat and a certain deer-startling dog. Here's some of our favourites.

YouTube's top ten of 2011 includes the cringe-worthy Rebecca Black, babies having a chat and a tiny Darth Vader. Read on for some of our favourites, from amazing animations to gadget graveyards and much more.

Speaking of tiny badasses, the cutest taekwondo masters ever to don pagger-pyjamas battle it out...

One of the best things about the Internet is how it puts knowledge at your fingertips. Like how to pronounce things...

Here's a battle that's sure to blow your mind. When all else fails, send in the DubStep Guns! Wubwubwubwub...

And there's been no shortage of awesome videos here at CNET UK. In 2011 we pitted iOS against Android, survived a zombie apocalypse, and drove from England to Austria on one tank of fuel -- well, almost.

We revealed the the history of Nokia and the history of the iPhone, went behind the scenes of the CNET UK Podcast, and sang a song for all our Facebook fans. But our pick of the year is our look at what happens to our tech when the lights go out...

Possibly the most jaw-dropping video we saw this year was the animated short film Paths of Hate by Polish director Damian Nenow. Sadly the full-length version has been pulled from the web, but here's the trailer to show the eye-poppingly-rendered animated action...

In movie news, The Onion meets the screenwriter of Fast and the Furious Five: a five-year-old boy...

Now nobody likes a showboat, but there's no denying this acrobatic penalty by Finnish teenager Joonas Jokinen for FC Baar against FC Sempach is impressive stuff...

We asked Facebook for some of your favourite videos of the year, and Matt Barton and Ian Lorenc led the voices calling for Schmoyoho's Songified take on interviews given by winning personality Charlie Sheen. Sheen's high-speed lifestyle hit the headlines when he ejected from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men in a glitter-bomb of porn stars, tiger blood and amazing catchphrases. All together now: Winning!

And Oliver Prime points us in the direction of the nerdgasm that is the Imperial March from Star Wars played on two floppy disk drives, courtesy of the Polish AGH University of Science and Technology...

Which animal rules the web? Why, cats of course. And here's the utterly addictive and endlessly remixed Nyan Cat to prove it...

But the most-watched animal video of 2011 on YouTube, with over 75 million views, features a talking... dog? Yes, catkind's seemingly unassailable grip on the world of Internet video could be shaken at last...

And our favourite video of the year won epic stardom for its hero, sending a swathe of remixes and mash-ups across YouTube like a herd of startled deer, from The Lion King to Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park. But do you prefer Fenton or Benton?

With Fenton/Benton and the talking dog proving to be 2011's superstars, is the age of the viral dog dawning?

What were your favourite videos of 2011? Tell us your pick of the year in the comments or on our Facebook page.