best of 2014

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In case you missed any of it... here is the entire year crammed in 6.5 minutes!

In the 2014 edition of its annual video mashup of the year's top memes and memorable moments, YouTube brought together over 100 creators and enlisted the help of DJ Earworm for the soundtrack.

"Wired" has a good piece explaining the background on these Rewind videos and how this most recent one was created. There's also a behind the scenes video of the process, which kicked off back in July.

YouTube also released a list of the top trending videos of the year, with "Spider Dog" winning 2014, and the super viral catcalling video rounding out the top 10.

1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega

2. Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta & more by Nike Football

3. FIRST KISS by Tatia PIlieva

4. The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia - #TEAMJ-AX by TheVoiceOf Italy

5. iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test by Unbox Therapy

6. Bars & Melody - Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act | Britain's Got Talent 2014 by Britain's Got Talent

7. Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "Puppy Love" by Budweiser

8. Devil Baby Attack by DevilsDueNYC

9. Goku vs Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3. by ERB

10. 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Street HarassmentVideo

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Facebook has released its annual Year in Review lists for 2014, and they are pretty grim.

In case you needed a reminder of how terrible things were this year, here are the top 10 topics in the United States:

1.Ebola Virus Outbreak

2. Ice Bucket Challenge

3. Robin Williams

4. Super Bowl

5. Michael Brown & Ferguson

6. World Cup

7. Conflict in Gaza

8. Midterm Elections

9. Malaysia Airlines

10. ISIS

Basically lots of horrible deaths and tragedies, but… Ice Bucket Challenge! Yay!

World-wide, the World Cup was the number 1 topic, with Ebola and the Brazil elections in spots 2 and 3.

Other notable winners: Beyonce topped the entertainers category, LeBron James was the most discussed athlete, "Game of Thrones" was the top TV show, "Frozen' the top movie, and Pharrell's "Happy" was the top song.

Facebook even made a top ten list just for the best Ice Bucket Challenge videos - a phenomenon that the company considers a milestone in terms of social sharing - topped by George W. Bush and Will Smith.

"I think the Ice Bucket Challenge was the first time a lot of people realized you could shoot a video and share it," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer.

You can check out all the lists in depth here.

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DJ Earworm has been mashing up the top 25 pop songs of the year since 2007 with his "United State of Pop" video series.

He released the 2014 edition on Wednesday, "Do What You Wanna Do," with all the songs you love but are too embarrassed to admit.

DJ Earworm, whose real name is Jordan Roseman, says this year's songs are more down tempo than previous years, so weaving them together is a bit more difficult.

"The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM," he told Billboard. "The 'United State of Pop' became this dance track from '09 to '12, and then starting last year, there just wasn't enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo."

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It's that time of the year again, when we look back to reflect on our accomplishments and shove everything into a list!

There will be many over the next month, but David Ehrlich's "Best 25 Films of 2014" video is one that you should definitely watch.

The LWLies editor-at-large and former editor of Film.com artistically stitched together footage and music from some of his favorites this year.

Here's his top 5 so you get a sense of his taste:

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  2. Inherent Vice

  3. Under The Skin

  4. Nymphomaniac

  5. Gone Girl