Infographic of the Day: The Top 100 YouTube Clips of All Time

Gaga, Bieber, Charlie the Unicorn: An awesome new poster by a couple of Canadian designers gives tribute the biggest viral videos ever.

Infographic of the Day: The Top 100 YouTube Clips of All Time

Ah, YouTube: source of countless leaping cats and Jedi kids and orgasm-inducing double rainbows. It has so obviously enhanced our lives (if not our productivity), somebody oughta? build a monument to it. A couple of Canadian designers have done the next best thing: Introducing the YouTube — Top 100 Videos of All Time tribute poster.

The poster, by Toronto-based Ibraheem Youssef and Paul Parolin, uses graphic icons to depict all the clips that’ve gone crazy-viral since YouTube’s dawn a mere five years ago, from Lady Gaga’s sneering “Bad Romance” (No. 2) to “Charlie the Unicorn”, which has become something of the Internet equivalent of a lava lamp (No. 100).

[Click the image for a ginormous view]

Naturally, the designers included a key that matches the icons to the videos, but we think it’s way more fun to try to guess ’em on your own. Some are pretty easy. To wit: a unicorn for the aforementioned unicorn clip and multiple variations on girlish helmet hair for — who else? — the Biebs (who, it should be noted, makes the list a whopping five times, including at No. 1). Others are perhaps less obvious: No. 33 on the poster shows a pair of shorts with what looks like a white Hibiscus flower over the crotch. The vid: “Jizz In My Pants.” Oh. Riiiiiiight.

Buy the poster here. (It’s only $50!)

[Images courtesy of Ibraheem Youssef]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.