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It's that time of year again - when websites reveal what got us talking (and watching) in the last 12 months.

YouTube says Irish music dominates a list that also includes Carpool Karaoke, Star Wars - and bats.

The video-streaming site has announced its YouTube Rewind 2017: the annual list of Ireland’s top trending videos and music videos for the past year.

Irish music in a wide variety of forms took the top four spots, showing our continuing love with the genre.

From ballads to covers and original compositions, in 2017 we searched most for videos that had a distinctly green tint to them.

A tribute song to UFC fighter Conor McGregor is our most-watched video of 2017.

Written and performed by Mick Konstantin, a 24-year-old teacher from Kildare, the simple ditty quickly went viral the weeks before McGregor’s record-breaking bout with Floyd Mayweather in August.

It was so popular that Mick's original upload also made it into 6th place, bagging him two spots in the top 10.

The enduring appeal of traditional music was confirmed by the second most watched video - a rendition of the ballad Green Fields of France sung by Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam on the Late Late Show in January.

In third place are young Irish brothers Seán and Conor Price performing a modern take on Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower on the X-Factor.

Coláiste Lurgan's covers as Gaeilge of pop songs have made them a perennial favourite in YouTube Rewind’s list. This year they landed at number four thanks to their version of the smash hit Despacito (aka 'I Do Dhiaidh Chomh') during the summer.

Rounding out the list of the Top 10 is the new Star Wars trailer (which heavily features Skellig Michael in Kerry), two episodes of Carpool Karaoke, the famous skit of former US press secretary Sean Spicer by Melissa McCarthy, and the Irish 'stars' of that bat video being interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel on US TV.

Top 10 YouTube Videos in Ireland 2017 (excluding major label music videos):

The Conor McGregor Song
Finbar Furey & Christy Dignam perform "Green Fields of France" on The Late Late Show
Sean and Conor Price Perform All Along the Watchtower on The X Factor 2017 
Coláiste Lurgan: Despacito ‘As Gaeilge’
Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke
Mick Konstantin - There's Only One Conor McGregor live video
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser
Sean Spicer Press Conference (Melissa McCarthy) - SNL
Harry Styles Carpool Karaoke
Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Irish family from viral bat video

Finally, Ireland’s love of British singer Ed Sheeran seems to know no bounds.

He has not one but two songs in the Top 10 Music Videos list, in addition to featuring in the main Top 10 Videos ranking for his Carpool Karaoke rendition.

His Irish-inflected Galway Girl music video featuring Saoirse Ronan came in at number five this year.

Top 10 Music Videos in Ireland 2017:

Ed Sheeran - Shape of You [Official Video]
Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
DJ Khaled - I'm the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
Clean Bandit - Symphony feat. Zara Larsson [Official Video]
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl [Official Video]
Dua Lipa - New Rules (Official Music Video)
Jonas Blue - Mama ft. William Singe
Jason Derulo - Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)
French Montana - Unforgettable ft. Swae Lee
DJ Khaled - Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

You can even test your knowledge with the 'Deja View' quiz


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