Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Top 5 YouTube Channels I Discovered in 2013

With 2013 drawing quickly to a close, I am, like many bloggers, freelancers, and general entertainment types, finalizing a number of lists for the outgoing year.  Since I consume A LOT of media via YouTube, I thought it would be nice to highlight five YouTube channels that I am glad I discovered over the course of the year.

While some of the names on my list have been around for longer than 2013, it is important to take the scope of the video sharing service into account.  According to YouTube, 100 hours of video is uploaded every minute to the site.  That my friends is a lot of singing cats, car crashes, epic fails, movie trailers, and music videos.  Anyway, the point is: there is a ton of stuff to sort through.

So without further ado, here is my list of the Top 5 YouTube channels I discovered in 2013:

I first stumbled upon Pentatonix with “Evolution of Music.”  Once I saw the quintet perform all those songs, I was hooked.  The group livened up “Wizards of Ahhhs..,” and even managed to get close to the top of the iTunes chart with their second album.  In short, they make music fun to me and cover a whole lot of different genres.  I suppose its kind of like “Kids Bop” for adults, but just so much better.

I also stumbled across violinist Lindsey Stirling on the YouTube home page sometime in the fall.  While I had unknowingly already seen her perform with Pentatonix in “Radioactive,” I somehow managed to overlook her individual channel.  I’m glad I found it, because the sound of the instrument is gorgeous and addictive.  I don’t know, just something sad and epic at the same time.  To me, this is one of the better music channels around.

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Switching gears a little bit here, because host John Green takes knowledge and makes it fun again.  By taking misconceptions, facts, and other tidbits of information and presenting them in a different light, Mental Floss makes a fun, and often exhausting couple of minutes.  I always check these out, because there is always a few things in every video that can be used in real life, be it playing a game or solving a crossword puzzle.

What’s that?  A guy dressing up like the Marvel superhero (anti-hero??) Deadpool and filming his exploits at different conventions and making spoofs of other things?  Yep, that’s the essence of D Piddy.  His Deadpool Vs. series of videos has a ton of hidden gems for the comic book and pop culture crowd, and VampyBitMe even pops up in one or two of the videos.  What’s not to love?

Okay, I’ve been a fan of Philip DeFranco’s channel for a while, but never really made the switch over to Sourcefed.  I mean what’s not to like about Meg Turney, Trisha Hershberger, or Lee Newton delivering some subtext to a news story?  I was just not really sold, and I’m actually glad I started watching.  Of course, the ladies are hot, but the guys are just as fun.  I can’t say I agree with all their viewpoints, but that’s really the point—getting another point of view.  That and it’s really just a lot of fun, and the team manages to find stories that the mainstream media manages to miss.  Plus, SourfedNerd is also a good time.

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