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'Rewind YouTube Style 2012' mashes up 'Gangnam Style,' 'Call Me Maybe' and YouTube culture

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"Rewind YouTube Style 2012" takes a look at the big YouTube moments of 2012 with the help of more than a few YouTube superstars.

YouTube has its own culture. Sometimes those videos go super viral and the rest of us see them, while others build an underground fanbase. YouTube produced a video mashing up the two big YouTube smash hit songs of the year: PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” It stars YouTube icons like Annoying Orange, Felicia Day and the S— Girls Say “girl” offering their takes on the biggest YouTube moments, and it’s a great Rorschach test for how deep in the YouTube culture you are.

Which references did you get? Which cameos were your favorites? Did that video blow your mind a little?

SoCal gets a prominent spot — YouTube stars Smosh play Mars Curiosity rover operators at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

My eyes may have literally bulged upon seeing this video and trying to make sense of it, so to jog your memory or to learn about some of this for the first time, you can watch some of the videos and personalities referenced below:

KONY 2012

Walk Off The Earth — “Somebody That I Used to Know” (Gotye cover)

Rhett & Link — “Dope Zebra”

Epic Rap Battles: Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney

OK Go — “Needing/Getting”

Karmin — “Look At Me Now” (Chris Brown cover)

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall

NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain

Carly Rae Jepsen — “Call Me Maybe”

Lindsey Stirling — Dubstep Violin — “Crystallize”

Harvard Baseball 2012 “Call Me Maybe” lipdub

And of course…

PSY — “Gangnam Style”

You can watch some behind the scenes footage here:

Or for even more YouTube action, watch videos from their interactive 2012 timeline. (I’m particularly partial to Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown.)

Is this all too silly for you? Check out Google’s Zeitgeist 2012 video, offering a more dignified video look back at the year:

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