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  • 11 December 2013, 16:53

YouTube Most Viewed: The Fox Tops 2013 List

A video for an "intentionally bad" novelty song about foxes has topped YouTube's worldwide most viewed list.

The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?), by Ylvis, notched up more than 256 million views, beating the Harlem Shake (original army version) into second.

The song was the brainchild of the NorwegianYlvisaker brothers, well known in their homeland as hosts of their own TV comedy talk show I Kveld Med Ylvis (Tonight With Ylvis).

They enlisted the help ofStargate, the Norwegian-born producing duo that have helped make hits for artists including Rihanna and Katy Perry - but admit their song was intended to be bad.

Bard Ylvisaker told the New York Times in October: "From a comedian's perspective, it would be much more fun if we misused their (Stargate's) talents.

"We go make that song, we come back to our talk show and we say 'Sorry, guys'."

Each year, the YouTube list gives the run-down of the videos that have gained the most views and grabbed the public's attention.

In the UK, a viral comic video about how animals eat their food has topped 2013's YouTube most viewed list.

How Animals Eat Their Food involved two men showing how creatures such as a rhino, a lizard and a kangaroo eat.

The video has been viewed more than 88 million times and spawned various parodies and follow-ups.

My Wedding Speech, by Tom Fletcher from McFly, who sang his new bride a song for his speech during their wedding is in second place.

In third is a shadow act performance by group Attraction, who won Britain's Got Talent.

Olympic medallist Tom Daley's video, Something I Want To Say, where he explained he was in a relationship with a man, only appeared online in early December, but still made it to number seven in the list.

The worldwide list of music videos was topped byPsy's follow-up to Gangnam Style, Gentleman, with more than 594 million views.

Miley Cyrus had the next two entries, with her hits Wrecking Ball and We Can't Stop getting more than 675 million views between them.

The UK's most popular music video was Naughty Boy's La La La, featuring Sam Smith.

This year YouTube said it did not just look at views, but also took shares, searches, likes and responses into account when it made the list.

Kevin Allocca, head of culture and trends at YouTube, said: "As 2013 comes to a close, these are some of the videos, channels and moments that shaped our year.

"While each annual list is unpredictable, trending videos just get bigger each year. And with 80% of all views on YouTube coming from outside the US, the global community is driving pop culture unlike ever before."

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