YouTube's 20 most popular ads in 2012

Snoop Lion rapping about Hot Pockets and a lot of Old Spice…

There are the ads you have to watch — and the ads you actually want to watch.

From Snoop Dogg/Lion rapping about Hot Pockets to a Nike Football spot that got 20 million-plus hits in less than seven months, YouTube compiled a list of 2012′s best-of-the-best: The 20 ads that people actually chose to see, sometimes over and over again.

According to its blog, “The 2012 YouTube Ads Leaderboard celebrates the U.S. ads that most moved audiences through a winning combination of promotion (paid ads) and popularity (organic views). And with over 200 million combined views, it’s proof that if you make it great, they will come.”

While some agencies showed its endless ability to make viewing gold — Wieden + Kennedy had seven ads on the list including the top spot and four Old Spice ads — there were other smaller shops that also cracked the viral code.

20. Old Spice’s “Vending Machine” ad was viewed 3,885,113 times

(Uploaded by OldSpice)

19. Old Spice’s “Bed” ad was viewed 4,245,346 times

(Uploaded by OldSpice)

18. Fiat’s “House Arrest” ad starring Charlie Sheen was viewed 4,271,297 times

(Uploaded by fiatusa)

17. Hot Wheels’ “World Record: Corkscrew Jump” was viewed 4,656,605 times

(Uploaded by HOTWHEELS)

16. Toyota’s “It’s Reinvented” ad was viewed 4,863,416 times

(Uploaded by ToyotaUSA)

15. Sauza Tequila’s “Make it with a fireman” ad was viewed 5,348,876 times

(Uploaded by sauzamargaritas)

14.Old Spice’s “Bounce” ad was viewed 5,603,223 times

(Uploaded by OldSpice)

13. Old Spice’s “Blown Mind” was viewed 5,773,773 times

(Uploaded by OldSpice)

12. Hot Pockets’ “Pocket Like It’s Hot” ad. starring Snoop Dogg/Lion, was viewed 6,698,235 times

(Uploaded by hotpocketsbrand)

11. Chevrolet’s apocalyptic “2012″ ad was viewed 7,656,108 times

(Uploaded by Chevrolet)

10. Audi of America’s “Vampire Party” ad was viewed 7,867,887 times

(Uploaded by AudiofAmerica)

9. Nike Football’s “Cristiano Ronaldo vs Rafa Nadal” ad was viewed 10,017,653 times

(Uploaded by NikeFootball)

8. Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” ad starring Clint Eastwood was viewed 11,282,207 times

(Uploaded by chrysler)

7. Go Pro Camera’s “HERO3: Black Edition” ad was viewed 12,453,546 times

(Uploaded by GoProCamera)

6. Volkswagen’s “The Dog Strikes Back” ad was viewed 16,082,783 times

(Uploaded byVolkswagen)

5. Honda’s “Matthew’s Day Off” ad was viewed 16,290,167 times

(Uploaded by Honda)

4. Samsung’s “The Next Big Thing is Already Here” ad was viewed 16,912,896 times

(Uploaded by samsungmobileusa)

3. Volkswagen’s “The Bark Side” Super Bowl ad trailer was viewed 17,718,507 times

(Uploaded by Volkswagen)

2. Pepsi MAX’s “Uncle Drew” ad was viewed 17,841,089 times

(Uploaded by Pepsi)

1. Drum roll please….Nike Football’s “My Time Is Now” ad was viewed 20,884,282 times.

(Uploaded by NikeFootball)

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