The 12 Most Disliked Videos in YouTube History

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YouTube's thumbs-based liking system has two uses. It lets you save things you like to a playlist, so you can seamlessly whizz from Utah Saints to Morrissey on your Chromecast in order to keep the party rocking and the guests amazed at the sheer depth of songs you remember from a brief period of the 1990s.

Alternatively, many people use their votes as a form of mild trolling, thumbs-downing everything that doesn't appeal to them -- adverts, young people with thick hair having fun, music videos from artists within rival niches, video games running at the wrong frame rate -- there are a lot of things to hate on today's internet.

The trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has just been named and shamed as one of YouTube's most disliked videos of all time, with over 17 million views and almost 2 million dislikes at the time of writing, but which clips does it share that dubious honour with?

Baby, by Justin Bieber, the most-disliked YouTube video of all time. Of course, the problem for poor little Justin is that he has trillions of subscribers and YouTube always whacks him at the top of every page -- so he gets the exposure. So people like us downvote him out of principle; it's not all just because he's shit. Still, he gets to be with lots of nice ladies, so as long as he carries on not reading the comments his life will remain great despite the efforts of the internet to undermine him via the medium of the downvote.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes

Just behind Justin at #2 is Rebecca Black, who achieved fame of the mostly bad kind with the release of her baffling vanity single Friday, about having breakfast, getting the bus, being in a car, and demonstrating that she knows all the days of the week, like a smug three-year-old. At least you can tell what's she's singing about, though, not like Thom Yorke and his endless obtuse mumbling about rabbit holes and trees and metaphors for failed relationships. Black has just over two million official haters for Friday, even though there's been plenty worse on Radio 1 this morning.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

Maybe it’s the wanton destruction of framed items. Maybe it’s the jaunty music. Maybe it’s the disregard for appropriately matching shorts and T-shirts to a fittingly summer item of headwear, rather than selection bobble hats. I don’t know. It’s all in Portuguese. But Aruan Felix’s destruction of his 100,000 YouTube Subscriber awards certainly riled up YouTubers, presumably while their own LOL vids hovered around the 10 plays mark.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is in the news right now, standing at #4 on the all-time dislikes chart because it's a pretend shooting game in space, and as everyone knows pretend shooting games are supposed to be on the ground. Apart from HaloInfinite Warfare has 17m views and very nearly 1.7m dislikes at time of writing, which is quite the high hate ratio. Reading the comments to try to find out why this is didn't clarify the extreme gamer disquiet much, as it's mostly people saying it looks like a CoD rip-off Android mobile phone game -- and people seem to like them well enough.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

Making something of a mockery of the downvote system is Gangnam Style -- only the most watched video in YouTube history -- which has 1.5m dislikes, although as a percentage of its 2.7 billion views, the angry thumbs have never been less relevant.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

Miley Cyrus sits at #6 in the most hated chart with her allegory for the unfair treatment of low-paid immigrant workers in the construction industry of the Middle East Wrecking Ball. No idea what people's problem with this is. Having just watched it for the 100th time at 1080p resolution there doesn't appear to be much wrong with it at all. Maybe it's because she cries at the start like a sexy Sinead O'Connor and that makes people unhappy? Perhaps men are angry that she's holding that hammer wrong? With getting on for a billion views, the haters are in the minority.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

Starting your video with gratuitous Beats speaker product placement isn’t exactly endearing. Neither is, in a post-financial crash world, eating a sandwich filled with money. But Miley Cyrus’s biggest offence in the We Can’t Stop video is in making chips, God’s own gift to tastebuds, less edibly appealing by making a massive greasy skull out of them. Hannah Montana, what with her ranching background, would have had more respect for the products of the earth, and their deep-fried metamorphosis, I’m sure.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes

Sorry, but what’s not to like about the music video to the ever tasteful Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda? It’s essentially soft porn, with loads of slo-mo booty shots, constant references to snake-sized dongs, a healthy amount of cursing, the scariest-sounding cackle you’ll ever hear and a really weird, completely rhythm-less final sequence where Minaj gives a perpetually baffling Drake a lapdance. Like.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

It's not all teeny kids and games riling up the masses. Rick Perry's brief but bonkers attack on the perceived anti-religious nature of US politics is at #9 in the least liked charts. At least his team had the good sense to disable comments from his brief gay-hating rantvertorial.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes

Always visually mind-blowing, if as divisive as if Marmite itself started a hip-hop career, Minaj is perfect YouTube fodder. And perfect bigoted commenter fodder, too, being a successful and outspoken woman in male-dominated rap. So it’s no wonder that 2012’s Stupid Hoe has racked up 824,663 dislikes. Though who knows? The fast-cut flash of rainbow colours throughout might be triggering some kind of involuntary muscle spasms resulting in that Down Thumb icon getting hammered.

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? No

He’s back! Surprised to see Biebs again? Neither are we. There are so many things wrong with Boyfriend that even Justin’s incredible shoes can’t make up for it. He looks like he’s just stumbled into a scene from a Fast and Furious movie, but without any of the presence of Vin Diesel or Paul Walker. You can actually see the regret in his music-video-would-be-girlfriend’s eyes, who’s probably thinking something along the lines of, ‘This kid’s underage isn’t he?’

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes

Ghostbusters is tearing up the YouTube downvote charts and currently sits at #12 with a staggering 778,000 negative likes. There's clearly a huge, nasty primitive problem with widespread sexism online, but is that the case with the trailer for Ghostbusters, or is it just that the clip makes people cringe by consistently being about as funny as the Harlem Shake? Does YouTube have to disable all downvoting on things with women in them, so no one might say it's sexist? Perhaps if it removed downvoting altogether the world might have one less thing to argue about and be nicer?

IS IT WORTHY OF HATE? Yes


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