Canada’s most popular viral YouTube ads of 2015

When users have the option to skip, advertisers have to find new ways to grab—and keep—viewers’ attention online

Since YouTube launched skippable ads five years ago, brands that advertise on the platform have had to become more creative to get viewers to watch. With the year coming to a close, Google Canada released its list of the most popular video ads among Canadian viewers this year.

People spent approximately 30 million hours watching all 120 ads that were featured on the YouTube Ads Leaderboard in 2015. “This year’s top trending ads demonstrate that brands are now creating content that’s meant to entertain and inspire, not just persuade,” a Google spokesperson says. Ads that spark powerful conversations about social issues like Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign, and gaming ads—gaming videos are among the site’s most popular genres—like Clash of Clans and Boom Beach made strong showings. 

Here are the 10 most popular video ads of this year, and their view counts as of December 2015:

Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial)

84.3 million 

Great Plan (Official TV Commercial) 

46.0 million

Always #LikeAGirl-Unstoppable

38.1 million

#BestBuds | 2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial “Lost Dog” 

30.4 million

Dove Men+Care shares your first fatherhood moments this Father’s Day

17.4 million

Reebok – Freak Show – Be More Human

17.4 million

Duracell Star Wars Commercial: Battle for Christmas Morning

13.9 million

“The Recital” 

10.6 million


2.5 million 

Tim Hortons Drive Thru Rookies with Sid & Nate 

2.3 million