The YouTube Daily Top 20 – 12/23/14

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NMR is constantly monitoring the YouTube charts, tracking what’s on the rise and who’s falling out of favor. Our Daily Top 20 gives you the 20 videos that are reigning supreme at the top of our charts so you can stay one step ahead of what’s hot.

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

It’s that special time of year when the people demand to have their hearts warmed with acts of generosity, kindness, and innate human goodness, so thaw out your feelings zones for today’s top video. Prankster Josh Paler Lin claimed the top spot on the charts by giving a local homeless man $100 and then following him to see how he spends it. Rather than blow it all on booze as the filmmaker expected, the man uses his windfall to purchase food for other members of the homeless community. Coming in at number two today is another act of charity: this time it’s actress Amy Adams generously participating in a lengthy Love Actually sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Corridor Digital jumped on the countdown today with their amazing Portal inspired trick-shots video and PBS’s It’s Ok To Be Smart got in the holiday spirit with a scientific analysis of Santa Claus. Minute Physics joined the Top 20 with an Astronomically correct version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The song remains surprisingly catchy while incorporating concepts like “red shift” and “adaptive optics.” I move that we make this the official version.

Closing out the Top 20 today: “The Pink Print Movie,” a short film starring rapper Nicki Minaj and featuring songs from her latest album. Clocking in at 16 minutes the film is an ambitious project for Minaj who never shies away from creative endeavors.

#1 How Does A Homeless Man Spend $100 – JoshPalerLin

#2 Cut For Time: Christmas Romance – Saturday Night Live –Saturday Night Live

#3 Jimmy Fallon, One Direction & The Roots: “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (Classroom Instruments) – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

#4 Portal Trick Shots – Corridor Digital

#5 Marvel vs DC Epic Trailer –Alex Luthor

#6 Dads Dancing To Uptown Funk – TastefullyOffensive.com

#7 Is Santa Real (A Scientific Analysis) – It’s Okay To Be Smart

#8 Happy Holidays From T-Mobile CEO John Legere – TMobile

#9 Excited Puppy Spots Its Owner – John Clancy

#10 Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Jump Festa Trailer) – Bandai Namco Games America

#11 Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle – Minute Physics

#12 Expulsión a Alex Bolaños | Emelec vs Barcelona | FINAL | Copa Pilsener 2014 – Ecuador de Futbol

#13 Animals Of YouTube Sing Up On The Housetop – Talking Animals

#14 5 YEAR OLD GIRL DISCUSSES PRINCESS LEIA’S SLAVE OUTFIT WITH DAD – Adam Buxton

#15 Goshhawk high-speed flight through woodland – Defense Advanced Research Projects

#16 Needs To Be Said –Markiplier

#17 The Santa Slayer – Launching Christmas Trees With A Slingshot – JoergSprave

#18 Justin Timberlake and Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places – Nashville, December 19, 2014 – Diane Watkins

#19 Festive Flashing Lights – Computerphile

#20 Beats By Dre Presents: The PinkPrint Movie – Nicki Minaj

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