If you ever wondered how so many users are able to watch hundreds of videos that are published on YouTube on a daily basis you might want to consider using a service like SlapVid which offers previews of the daily top 25 videos at YouTube.
Every video is shown for roughly 10 seconds which means that you can preview all 25 videos in a little bit more than 4 minutes. If you happen to like a video you are able to load the complete one by simply clicking on the video.
Next to the overall top 25 videos it is also possible to view the so called featured section which has previews of ten new movies from categories like Gadgets & Games, Entertainment and Sports updated daily as well.
Last but not least there is the archive containing all videos from previous days. SlapVid offers a great way to quickly get an overview of what is hot on YouTube right now.
Update: SlapVid is no longer available. When you try to open the service you will only get a website not found error. We are not aware of a comparable service that provides you with a quick preview of the top videos on YouTube.
You can however visit YouTube directly to take a look at the YouTube frontpage where you find a popular on YouTube section which you can click on to take a look at what is currently popular on the video hosting site. While you do not get previews of the videos here, you can at least see a thumbnail screenshot, titles and descriptions.
Here you also find trending videos and videos that are popular in categories such as music or entertainment. Just browse through the various categories to take a look at the popular videos. The videos get replaced regularly by the site, so that you will always find new videos on the pages.
Update 2. YouTube has modified the start page (again) so that the popular on YouTube section is no longer displayed on it. What you can do however is open the Channels view on the site and click on the Popular on YouTube channel at the top.
This brings you to a country-specific page that displays popular videos based mostly on your subscriptions but also on general popularity.
Update 3: Google changed things around again. You find the "trending" listing of videos here now: https://www.youtube.com/feed/trending
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