Spider Dog takes YouTube honours
Strangers locking lips, a nun channelling Sister Act and a pet pup scaring the wits out of hapless Poles: t hese are the moments that got the world watching in 2014.
Video-sharing behemoth YouTube has released its annual list of top-trending videos, chosen based on views, shares, comments and likes.
In the top spot was the aptly-titled Mutant Giant Spider Dog, which follows the adventures of a Polish dog dressed as a giant, furry arachnid as it bounds out of lifts and down dark alleyways.
In a year in which the World Cup captivated audiences worldwide, a Nike advert starring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior and Wayne Rooney had football fans clicking.
That video, Nike Football: Winner Stays, garnered just under 100 million views to rank second on YouTube's list.
Coming in third was First Kiss, a black and white number from filmmaker Tatia PIlieva, documented the moment perfect strangers kissed - watched on by 94 million people and counting.
And rounding out the top four was a clip from the Italian version of reality talent search hit The Voice, in which a 25-year-old nun from Sicily earned a near-instant standing ovation from studio audiences for her rendition of Alicia Keys' anthem No One.
Sister Cristina Scuccia's audition tape has so far been watched by more than 66 million people.
Meanwhile more than 100 YouTube stars helped create YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014, the latest in YouTube's series of year-end mash-ups.
With cameos from Japanese beatboxer Hikakin, Sesame Street stalwart Big Bird, and US talk show host Conan O'Brien, and set to the dulcet tones of Happy singer Pharrell Williams and Fancy rapper Iggy Azalea, YouTube says its 2014 effort is the most international so far.
TOP TRENDING VIDEOS FOR 2014
1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega
2. Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimovic, 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 TheVoiceOfItaly
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
TOP MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2014
1. Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J
2. Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (Espanol) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
3. Shakira - Can't Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna
4. Shakira - La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown
5. Jason Derulo - Wiggle feat. Snoop Dogg (Official HD Music Video)
6. Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
7. Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)
8. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
9. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
10. Nicki Minaj - Anaconda