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Top 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos

VO: Rebecca Brayton

Script written by Derick McDuff.

There are some YouTube videos with a high dislike count – whether they deserve it or not. From Justin Bieber’s song “Baby” to the Fine Brothers “React World” announcement to Rick Perry’s “Strong” video, these are some of the most downvoted videos in YouTube history. WatchMojo counts down ten of the videos that have earned the most dislikes on YouTube.

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Script written by Derick McDuff.

Top 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos


Hopefully, this video never ends up on a list like this… Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Disliked Videos on YouTube.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the videos on YouTube that have earned the most dislikes. Though we’re not solely focusing on the numbers; instead, we're considering a mix of dislikes and the story behind it. However as many popular videos have both millions of likes and dislikes, we’re excluding videos that have more likes than dislikes.

#10: “Miracles”
Insane Clown Posse

“Miracles” became a viral hit back when it was released in 2010, but just cause it racked up the YouTube views doesn’t mean people liked it. Instead, this ICP vid became notorious for being unabashedly cheesy and mind-numbingly nonsensical. Naturally, this earned it an astounding number of dislikes, with 114 thousand and counting as of mid-2017. Insane Clown Posse, a group known for violent songs, just seemed to lack a basic understanding of things like genetics, Mars, rainbows, pelicans, and – most famously – how magnets work. Actually, not only does it not understand how they work; it chalks up everyday events to “magic.”

#9: “Sweatshirt”
Jacob Sartorius

Pre-teen Jacob Sartorius rose to fame on social media by lip-syncing famous songs, so why not release his own single? The video and the song – which featured heavily auto tuned vocals and what viewers called unoriginal lyrics – quickly became one of the most disliked videos on all of YouTube, with an almost 2-1 ratio of dislikes to likes. But don’t feel too bad for the kid: this is the same guy who said he “absolutely hates hugging fat and smelly fans.” Honestly, between that and his notoriously whiny attitude, maybe the over 1.6 million dislikes speak for themselves.


#8: “Baby”
Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris

While it may boast an impressive six million likes, the music video for this early Bieber song also has an astounding number of dislikes – over seven and a half million actually – making it the video with the highest number of overall dislikes on all of YouTube as of 2017. So, how does a guy who started on YouTube and clearly has fans across the globe rack up that many downvotes? Well, some say “Baby” is a perfect amalgamation of all the complaints against pop music, citing its unoriginal beat, random rap segment and repetitive lyrics as reasons why. Well, it’s an earworm; we’ll give him that…


#7: “Strong”
Rick Perry

American politician Rick Perry made a major miscalculation when he released this controversial online campaign ad during the 2012 primaries, while he was still a hopeful for the Republican Party’s candidacy for President. In addition to being construed by many as homophobic, Perry’s statements about Christianity and Christmas being discouraged in schools were debunked by Politifact. Surprisingly, it even failed to make a positive impact with the Christian right, the ad’s target audience. It didn’t take long for the backlash and dislikes to roll in, and Perry’s Presidential bid collapsed. Ultimately, he failed to earn even a single delegate in his attempt to secure the nomination.

#6: “React World”
Fine Brothers

The Fine Brothers are best known for their inoffensive cataloging of people’s reactions. However, with this 2016 video, they announced their “ambitious” new venture, React World. Promising to let YouTubers use their licensing, the video was deemed more threatening than it was inviting, leading many to believe the brothers would abuse their power and shut down competitors. This, along with their claims about the program being a defining moment in history, led to massive backlash. Eventually, the Fine Bros uploaded an “apology,” which was taken as incredibly condescending. After that too received record dislikes, the videos disappeared and the entire project was scrapped.

#5: “Can This Video Get 1 Million Dislikes?”
PewDiePie

Believe it or not, the dislikes on this video were actually a good thing. PewDiePie started by teasing channels thaht encourage their fans to get a video to a certain like count, asking his fans to him to a million likes. The next logical step? Try to get a million dislikes. With a loyal Bro Army and one of YouTube’s largest subscriber bases, it didn’t take long for Pewds to reach his goal for this video, which features his antics in the streets as well as his commentary about changes to YouTube. The masses are split on whether PewDiePie is a genius or a huge troll… This video doesn’t help settle that debate.


#4: Official “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” Reveal Trailer
Call of Duty

Originally set during WWII, the “Call of Duty” series has been slowly creeping further forward in time until the inevitable happened: the video game series abandoned its roots and delivered a game that had more in common with the “Halo” franchise than its own. In the meantime, rival shooter series “Battlefield” went in the other direction, releasing a game set during WWI, earning critical acclaim and further fueling the dislikes for “Infinite Warfare.” Ultimately, “COD” developers apparently listened to their fans, releasing “Call of Duty WWII” in 2017. It took less than 2 days for its trailer to earn more likes than “Infinite Warfare.”

#3: “Ghostbusters” (2016) Trailer
Sony Pictures Entertainment

There were a number of reasons this trailer evoked such a strong negative response: haters said it included tired and unfunny jokes, there’s backlash against reboots of any kind, and, well, a lotta people claimed this was gonna ruin their childhood. However, it’s hard to deny the fact that the four females in the lead roles probably had something to do with it. Many people, including director Paul Feig, called out some of the trailer’s loudest detractors for their misogynistic tones, but all that aside, the video earned far more dislikes than likes – and as of 2017, it’s got more than 1 million and counting.


#2: “Getting Started with YouTube Heroes”
YouTube Help

Posted by YouTube itself, this video boasts an astoundingly terrible like-to-dislike ratio: basically, for every one like, there are roughly 30 dislikes. Among the things that outraged YouTube users were the fact that it incentivized the act of reporting videos and was essentially a way for the company to get people to do free grunt work for them. The video also did a less-than-effective job of explaining the details of the program, and its connection to the largely unknown YouTube creator community. What’s more, many smaller channel owners became enraged at the moderation powers YouTube promised to hand out, including the mass flagging of videos. So, just an overall fail.


Before unveiling our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions:

“Stupid Hoe”
Nicki Minaj

“Pokémon Go Song!!! (For Kids)”
Misha

#1: “Friday”
Rebecca Black

Deemed the worst song ever by multiple critics, this tune spread on YouTube like wildfire. A simplistic melody designed to be an earworm, it united music critics and fans, who trashed its nonsensical lyrics, heavy auto tune, unrelated rapping, and poorly conceived video. Black’s follow up “My Moment” was meant to take on her “haters,” but it too was poorly received and also became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube. “Friday” meanwhile, earned over three million dislikes and would’ve been YouTube’s most disliked video of 2011 had it not been deleted in June. But, after being re-uploaded 3 months later, it received another 2.5 million dislikes... and counting.
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