• YouTube last week released its annual "Rewind" video, which features more than 100 YouTube stars and celebrities.
  • Appearances included Will Smith, Marques Brownlee, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, John Oliver, and many more.
  • In the course of five days, YouTube Rewind 2018 has become the second-most disliked video in YouTube history. As of Monday, it had over 94 million total views but over 7 million dislikes.
  • People are criticising the video for not including many of YouTube's biggest and most influential stars, likely because many of them experienced some form of controversy in 2018.


Last Thursday, YouTube released its annual "Rewind" video, which featured more than 100 YouTube stars and celebrities.

But in the course of five days, "YouTube Rewind 2018" has become the second-most disliked video in YouTube history.

It's the fastest video to climb the list of "most dislikes on YouTube." The only video that has more dislikes is Justin Bieber's "Baby," but that video had eight years to accrue dislikes.

So, why are people so upset about Rewind 2018?

It all boils down to the video's intended audience

People expect YouTube's Rewind videos to be an homage to creators, but given the absence of so many "controversial" YouTube stars, the video appears to be focused on keeping advertisers happy.

That's the only possible explanation for the absence of YouTube's most popular creators, like Felix "Pewdiepie" Kjellberg, Shane Dawson, David Dobrik, and so many others.

The Paul brothers, in particular, were notable absentees. Logan Paul is one of YouTube's most popular faces, but he got himself in hot water for filming a suicide victim in Japan earlier this year. Logan's little brother Jake is even more popular, but the live boxing match between Jake Paul and his YouTube rival KSI wasn't exactly a shining moment for the site - even if it brought in nearly 1 million live viewers to YouTube at the time.

As The Verge's Julia Alexander put so well, "[YouTube Rewind 2018] feels disingenuous, like YouTube is hiding its uglier side under a carpet while showing guests around."

"YouTube Rewind 2018" shows there is a clear schism between the expectations and reality of YouTube. Viewers and the community at large expected to see all of the people who made their names on YouTube this year, for better or worse. But YouTube only wants to share the people and parts of the site it feels comfortable sharing. That's why Will Smith kicks off the video, even though The Fresh Prince has a fraction of the subscribers that Pewdiepie has.

All that said, not everyone hates YouTube Rewind 2018. The video still has over 2 million likes, and features more than 135 YouTube stars and celebrities from around the world who were filmed in four different locales: Los Angeles, London, Seoul, and Rio De Janeiro. If you're interested in seeing all of the people who did make the video, we spotted every single person so you don't have to.


1. Will Smith — actor and rapper


2. Marques Brownlee — tech reviewer


3. ItsFunneh — gaming videos


4. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins — pro gamer


5. GamingWithKev — comedy and gaming videos


6. Luzu — comedy and gaming videos


7. Nick Eh 30 — "Fortnite" streamer


8. Jubilee Media — videos about social commentary


9. Lachlan — "Fortnite" and gaming videos


10. robleisIUTU — comedy and gaming videos


11. Sofia Castro — comedy videos


12. Liza Koshy — comedy videos


13. Wengie — makes videos about life hacks, DIY, and experiments


14. Bie The Ska — music and comedy videos


15. Dotty TV — comedy videos


16. sWooZie — animated comedy videos


17 and 18. Merrell Twins — comedy and music videos


19. Casey Neistat — vlogging and tech videos


20 and 21. JukiLop — comedy videos


22. Dagi Bee — music, comedy, and beauty videos


23. Michael Dapaah — comedy and music videos


24. Kelly MissesVlog — beauty and comedy videos


25. EnjoyPhoenix — beauty and DIY videos


26. TheKateClapp — comedy videos


27. BongoCat — the meme animated by StrayRogue and DitzyFlama


28 and 29. AsapSCIENCE — science videos


30. Safiya Nygaard — life hacks and beauty videos


31. MsYeah — cooking videos


32 and 33. Bearhug — comedy videos


34 and 35. KayKai Salaider — comedy videos


36. Gongdaesang — comedy videos


37. Molly Burke — vlogger


38. Rosanna Pansino — cooking and DIY videos


39, 40, 41 and 42. The Try Guys — comedy videos


43. Pautips — beauty and lifestyle videos


44. Marshmello — producer and DJ


45, 46 and 47. Yes Theory — lifestyle and comedy videos


48. Mason Ramsey — the famous "Walmart yodeling kid"


49. Adam Rippon — professional figure skater


50. Collins Key — comedy and DIY videos


51. TheOdd1sOut — animated comedy videos


52. Lucas the Spider — animated videos


53. Whindersson Nunes — comedy videos


54, 55 and 56. Los Polinesios — lifestyle and comedy videos


57. illymation — animated story-time videos


58. Tabbes — animated comedy videos


59. Muro Pequeno — vlogger


60. AuthenticGames — "Minecraft" and gaming videos


61 and 62. Diva Depressão — fashion and comedy videos


63. Domics — animated stories and videos


64. Life Noggin — animated web show


65. Trevor Noah — comedian and "The Daily Show" host


66. EroldStory — animated story and comedy videos


67. John Oliver — comedian and "Last Week Tonight" host


68. Lilly Singh — comedy videos


69. Markiplier — gaming videos


70, 71, 72 and 73. Krystal Yam and family from Make-A-Wish Foundation


74. Furious Jumper — gaming and comedy videos


75. Caspar — vlogger


76. Gabbie Hanna — music and comedy videos


77. Sam Tsui — vlogging and music videos


78. Trixie Mattel — drag queen, singer-songwriter, and comedian


79. Katya Zamolodchikova — drag queen, actor, and comedian


80. SHALOM BLAC — fashion, makeup, and vlogging


81. Technical Guruji — tech reviewer


82 and 83. SkinnyIndonesian24 — comedy videos


84. LaurDIY — life hacks and DIY videos


85. Alisha Marie — beauty, lifestyle, comedy, and DIY videos


86. MissRemiAshten — fashion, cooking, and DIY videos


87 and 88. Jordindian — comedy videos


89. NikkieTutorials — makeup and beauty videos


90. Me Poupe! — comedy and lifestyle videos


91. Bilingirl Chika — vlogging and lifestyle videos


92 and 93. Manual do Mundo — vlogging and educational videos


94. julioprofe — educational and instructional math videos


95. Noor Stars — lifestyle and comedy videos


96. Ami Rodriguez — music and comedy videos


97. Luisito Comunica (Rey Palomo) — vlogging and lifestyle videos


98 and 99. GEN HALILINTAR — vlogging and music videos


100. mmoshaya — comedy videos


101. Simone Giertz — inventions and robotics videos


102. Elle Mills — vlogger


103. Rudy Mancuso — comedy and music videos


104. Lele Pons — comedy and music videos


105. Anwar Jibawi — comedy videos


106. Hannah Stocking — comedy videos


107. cherrygumms — gaming videos


108. Desimpedidos — soccer and comedy videos


109. CajuTV — gaming videos


110. LA LATA — vlogging and video interviews


111. 10ocupados — comedy videos


112. Emma Chamberlain — lifestyle and comedy videos


113. James Charles — makeup videos


114. Dolan Twins — comedy videos


115. Bokyem TV — comedy videos


116. Tiên Zombie v4 — gaming and comedy videos


117, 118 and 119. How Ridiculous — experiments and physics videos


120. SamHarveyUK — vlogging and music videos


121. Lyna — gaming and comedy videos


122. gymvirtual — exercise videos


123. Enes Batur — comedy and music videos


124. Yammy — gaming videos


125. FavijTV — gaming and comedy videos


126. Pozzi — gaming videos


127. BB Ki Vines — comedy videos


128. HikakinTV — vlogging and comedy videos


129. FAP TV — funny action videos


130 and 131. Pinkfong and Baby Shark — animal songs for children


132, 133, 134 and 135. Fischer's — adventure and lifestyle videos


136. Primitive Technology — instructional DIY videos


You can watch the entire "Rewind 2018" video below.