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YouTube's number one video (and California export) is fun, fun, fun, fun

Rebecca Black's birthday present (a music video) is the #1 video of 2011.
Rebecca Black's birthday present (a music video) is the #1 video of 2011.
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The popular video website YouTube had more than one trillion views last year - enough views for every person on the planet to have each watched 100 videos. The website recently released its top ten most watched of 2011 list.

The list is a diverse one and includes footage such as a cat mother hugging baby kittens and twin babies talking to each other in gibberish for minutes on end.

"The ten most-watched YouTube videos of 2011 show that around the world, whatever language we speak, there are certain things that bring us together around a computer screen or mobile phone," the site's trend manager, Kevin Allocca, told the BBC.

"Adorable babies, talented performers, and clever advertising."

Three things California has in spades.

Coming in at number nine is a Super Bowl ad starring a six-year-old Californian boy named Max Page posing as a tiny Darth Vader and wielding his powers over a Volkswagen Passat.

But it was a 13-year-old from Anaheim Hills who snatched this year's number one spot. Late last year, Rebecca Black’s mother paid nearly $4,000 to the L.A. based company Ark Music Factory.

They wrote two songs for the teen. Which song did she take?

The song’s simplistic lyrics and Black’s digitally corrected voice garnered terrible reviews from critics. But the video, featuring Black along with her family and friends, quickly became a viral hit (ironically going from around one thousand views on Thursday, March 12 to over two million views on Friday... March 13). The video has inspired covers from the cast of “Glee,” Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Stephen Colbert.

Since YouTube briefly removed it, it's unclear just how many times people have clicked on "Friday." But even with that caveat, the video has been watched more than 100 million times, earning it the top spot on YouTube’s most watched list.

So what makes "Friday" so popular over half a year after it's initial upload in February? YouTube's Trending blog, created to follow (and analyze) the website's trending videos, has unearthed an unorthodox reason.

"Rebecca Black" searches see a jump every Friday.