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'Bed Intruder Song' Tops YouTube's Most-Watched List In 2010

Bed Intruder Song is this year's No. 1 on YouTube's most-watched list of videos.

Since the top 2 versions of that much-mashed clip have been watched about 61 million times, it's no surprise to see it on top.

For those not familiar with the video, it all started with this news report from Alabama about an attempted rape and 24-year-old Antoine Dodson's emotional reaction to what happened to his sister.

"Obviously, we have a rapist in Lincoln Park," he said. "He's climbing in your windows. He's snatching your people up, trying to rape 'em. So you all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband, 'cause they're rapin' everybody out here." The rhythms of Dodson's speech were perfect for setting to setting to music.

As for the rest of the most-watched videos (and the list does not include "commercial" music videos), they're all collected here. And see how many you recognize from this YouTube medley:

NPR's Andy Carvin, over at the All Tech Considered blog, wrote way back in August about how Bed Intruder was "a perfect storm of race, music, comedy and celebrity."

And On the Media, a little later, looked at how Bed Intruder wasn't just viral, it became a "meme."

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