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Vid Picks: Best Videos of the Year (Part One)

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It was a challenge to pick our favorites after watching thousands of videos this year and loving at least a couple hundred. YouTube grew up in 2010 and saw its first major museum exhibition at none other than the Guggenheim. As we chose our favorite videos of the year, we kept in mind the democratic nature of the medium; that is, though we could choose all of our videos from the art category, we realize that would be limiting. So from artistic achievements to the ubiquitously (sometimes irritatingly) viral, we present our favorite videos of 2010.

10. Soup (Above) Every time we watch this our heart skips a beat. This is video art at its best: no words, just an idea expressed through images that manages to capture so much in less than two minutes. Created by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith & Rob Stockman Directed by Aaron Phelan Featuring Winnie MacIsaac

9.PAG - THE LADY IS DEAD This video is as haunting to watch for the 50th time as it is for the first.

Director: Roy Raz Producers: Roy Raz and Eitan Tal Cinematography: Roman Linetsky Editor: Ornit Levi Styling: Gustavo Matias Franco Makeup and hair: Tomas Shemesh and Noga Tamir Post production: Assaf Yeger Song by: THE IRREPRESSIBLES - "IN THIS SHIRT"

8. Phil Davison, GOP Candidate, Delivers Stark County Treasurer Speech, 9-8-2010 Phil didn't win his party's nomination but he did win infamy on YouTube!

7. Greyson Chance Singing "Paparazzi" This video went viral in no time, receiving more than 35 million hits and making Greyson the Susan Boyle of 2010.

6. Sassy Gay Friend: Hamlet It was hard choosing which Sassy Gay Friend clip was the best, but there's no question this series was one of the most refreshing YouTube webseries to come out in a long time.

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