YouTube is an absurdly active part of the internet, and one that few can truly wrap their heads around. All that #sponcon, the impeccable popularity of influencers and pranksters, along with music videos galore, classic joke clips, and other uploads -- it’s a lot to grasp, and burrowing down the rabbit hole of videos can lead to a spiral of late night viewing of basically nonsense.
While there may be seemingly endless hours of content on the video platform, some uploads stand above the rest with the most views, well into the hundreds of millions. YouTube might have once primarily been known for oddball humor and meme-able funny videos, its most watched hits today have moved into an even odder space: children’s "education," many of which are made by faceless creators. Below, check out the vids uploaded this year that collected the most views of 2018, according to data from the analytics service Tubular, all of which (weirdly) happen to be edutainment.