in ,

Top 10 Most Viewed 360° Videos of 2016

Thursday this week will mark 500 days since the YouTube team officially released global support for 360° video content (statement here).

Following that announcement, content creators from all over the world were encouraged to test the limit and try out this strange but promising new way of shooting film, and stitching it together again, surgically placing the viewer directly into the film. We’ve seen incredible uses of 360° video in medical technology and education, and the wave keeps building momentum. Riding that same tech-wave, Facebook followed soon after, on September 23rd, and not much later, the impressive new 360° video platform VRideo began to make headlines too.

In homage to the past 500 days of amazing content, here’s our list of the most popular videos of 2016. Each one of these gorgeous clips has accumulated more than 3 million views this year.

February 2018 Update: Our 2017 version is live! Check out what’s new here. As we make our way through this year, we’ll build up a brand-new list. Keep an eye out!


Top 10 Most Viewed 360° Videos of 2016

While you might assume that major brands like AT&T, Faebook or Coca Cola would dominate the list – these Kingsize brands are few and far between in today’s roundup.


10. Visit the Philippines Again 360° Video

With a tagline: “Have a world of adventures in the philippines”, the expectations are set high in this ad for Cebu Pacific Air, a Philippine low-cost airline based on the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Providing you with an insights into the many things you could be doing, the ad is extremely effective. It introduces you to kayak-sailing across sapphire eastern waters, and sends you windsurfing with a selfie-stick, all in glorious 360° 4K video.

Published on: Feb 23, 2016
View Count
: 3,121,078
Like / Dislike Ratio: 894 / 16 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 20,266

Visit Channel Try VR


9. VIVID || Virgin Media || VIVID 360 Party

We all know that Virgin Media is a corporate Behemoth, so it’s no surprise that a 360° tour of one of their house parties was a big hit when it appeared on YouTube on Mar 29, 2016. Usually, the videos we see hit the big numbers pack some kind of entertainment value more potent than just a party at the Virgin house so to speak, but back in 2016, the VR videos that were available on YouTube were slim pickings, so the fact that this one isn’t packed to the brim with high-end visual fidelity and special effects, is perfectly okay with us. Good for you Virgin Media!

Published on: Mar 29, 2016
View Count
: 3,207,048
Like / Dislike Ratio: 934 / 545 (Favorable)
Views / Day: 26,949

Visit Channel Try VR


8. 360 | How Far | Australia | Expedia

“How Far” is a strikingly beautiful ad from Expedia, showcasing some gorgeous Australian destination. Some of the destinations that you can experience in full 360° video includes the following:

  • Three Capes Track
  • Karratha Station
  • Ningaloo Reef
  • The Outback

All of these destinations are gorgeous and pristine landscapes. If you ever get the chance to visit Australia, do try to make time to see it all in the real world. VR videos from 2016 can only give you so much. Still, it’s worth checking out, and is hauntingly beautiful!

Published on: Jun 16, 2016
View Count
: 3,472,203
Like / Dislike Ratio: 584 / 6 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 86,805

Visit Channel Try VR


7. The Conjuring 2 – Experience Enfield VR 360 [HD]

NSFW. If you’re anything like us, you do appreciate a good scare every now and then. “The Conjuring 2” managed to bring some of the internet’s first real scary experiences to the table. It’s dark, gloomy and brings that paranoid feeling to you over the course of just a few minutes. Great video, although we got to say that if you have a phobia for the occult, nuns who jump at you all of a sudden or a messy household – you might want to skip this one.

Horror is incredibly popular, and and has really cracked into the VR market over the last few years. The Conjuring is a franchise known for building on the traditional elements of horror, and (thankfully) doesn’t rely too much on blood and gore to be effective. These VR videos just need some playful use of lights and shadow.

Published on: May 20, 2016
View Count
: 4,544,078
Like / Dislike Ratio: 18,519 / 1,354 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 67,822

Visit Channel Try VR



Loosely (Google) translated from Polish, the name of this 360° video experience is “Typical Lesson”. In this video you follow the narrative of a provocative High School student, being a bit of a nuisance in the face of an obnoxius and loud-mouthed teacher.

Given that Polish is not a strongsuit here at the team, and the ending indicates that this could go on to become a tad too NSFW for us to discuss in detail, we’ll end this one here.

Published on: Feb 9, 2016
View Count
: 4,722,122
Like / Dislike Ratio: 100,027 / 7,821 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 28,107

Visit Channel Try VR


5.İnsan – Sevgililer Günü (360° Video)

The Turkish band, Insan has taken on some 360° video in one of their recent music videos: “Sevgililer Günü”. Not much more to say here than: “Well done”. Ranking online in the music industry can be quite a feat, and accomplishment to pull off. Doing so through the help of immersive media is another thing altogether. Well done for sure!

Published on: Feb 13, 2016
View Count
: 5,328,663
Like / Dislike Ratio: 3,122 / 672 (Favorable)
Views / Day: 32,491

Visit Channel Try VR


4. Great White Sharks 360 Video 4K!! – Close encounter on Amazing Virtual Dive

Face off against one of the most ancient and renowned beasts of our time. Ever since the sharks from Jaws hit cinema-fame in the late 1900’s, there has been a widespread shark-fear in bays and beaches across the world. Thankfully, this encounter you don’t have to get wet to try!

Sharks and diving in dangerous waters is by no means a new trend in virtual reality. There’s a good reason why games such as TheBlu, Ocean Rift as well as the “Shark Attack” from PlayStation’s VR Worlds is so popular. Since VR videos gives you the means to be transported anywhere, there’s just a natural tendency to start off with the unique and the dangerous .

Published on: Jan 7, 2016
View Count: 5,609,489
Like / Dislike Ratio: 13,976 / 1,384 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 26,711

Visit Channel Try VR


3. The BMW M2 – Eyes on Gigi Hadid (360° Video)

BMW USA challenges you to a game of sight. The rules are simple. Keep your eyes on Gigi Hadid, the beautiful woman racing a flagship M2 BMW. The video starts with her walking towards one of five brand-new vehicles, and swings the door open. From there, your objective is to keep watching her and not lose track, in this gorgeously color graded 360°, 4K video.

Note: The original video has been taken down, so the following video is a replicated version. Thankfully, the video is still just as gorgeous as ever, so strap in, and keep your eyes on Gigi!

Published on: Apr 18, 2016
View Count
: 5,524,929
Like / Dislike Ratio: 18,555 / 6,720 (Favorable)
Views / Day: 55,807

Visit Channel Try VR


2. Mega Coaster: Get Ready for the Drop (360 Video)

Mega Coaster, the massive cream-machine that appears on a video by the Discovery Channel, raises you 157 feet only to hurl you through one of the most enticing and crazy rides you can imagine. In fact, thanks to 360° video, all you have to do is strap on your HMD / GearVR right now, and check it out yourself. Even though there are plenty of simulations in today’s VR applications that puts you through rides of some sort or another, this is a classic worthy of remembrance!

Published on: Mar 13, 2016
View Count
: 8,522,403
Like / Dislike Ratio: 18,709 / 1,853 (Very Favorable)
Views / Day: 63,128

Visit Channel Try VR


1. Dubai. Here you are – Dubai 360 Video

With a whopping 13.9 million views , our #1 on the list is the “Here you are” ad for Visit Dubai. In this ad you’re taken through a day in beautiful Dubai in 360° video. The visuals are impressive and the destinations well thought-out. What’s the most impressive about this video though, is that it seems to have spread like wildfire. With that being said, its gorgeous architecture and panning video capture does give this VR video a kind of competitive edge. Great video!

Published on: Jun 7, 2016
View Count
: 13,962,421
Like / Dislike Ratio: 9,642 / 2,760 (Favorable)
Views / Day: 284,947

Visit Channel Try VR


Special Mention: Volcanos by ZDF Enterprises GmbH

While browsing the Samsung VR Video app earlier this year, we stumbled across a VR video that without a doubt is one of the most impressive displays of technology in the immersive genre. It has it all. Fire, brimstone, visuals that would make Avatar look like a muppet show.

Volcanos is an educational VR video that takes you through the history of some of the world’s greatest volcanos, and while doing so, rocks your socks off by presenting you with breathtaking scenery and special effects.

Note: If you would like to learn more about utilizing virtual reality for education, head over an read our piece about VR in education.


Influential Brands Utilising 360° Video

For story-telling, this technology has become an interesting choice, and Influential brands from all around the world are starting to get a hang of how to properly pull it off. To give you a few honorable mentions, not highlighted in our list:

These videos are all from massive influencers in large corporations, but are only a small drop of water in a vast ocean of content. If you combine this massive influx of videos with the fact that as of the time of writing these words, YouTube’s dedicated 360° video channel has more than 1.4 million subscribers – it looks like the future of storytelling is in capable hands.

We do realize that there’s quite some time until 2017. Stay tuned as we’ll update the content by the end of the year with an additional 40 videos, so we finish the year with the most elaborate list on the web!

We can’t wait to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies. Stay tuned!

Written by Editorial Team


Leave a Reply
  1. I’ve been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article
    like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.

    Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be
    a lot more useful than ever before.|
    I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!|
    I will immediately seize your rss as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Kindly allow me understand so
    that I could subscribe. Thanks.|
    It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s
    time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips.

    Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article.

    I wish to read even more things about it!|
    It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the longer term
    and it is time to be happy. I have learn this publish and if I may just I
    wish to recommend you some fascinating things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles regarding this article.
    I want to read even more issues about it!|
    I’ve been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours lately, but I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s beautiful price enough for me.
    In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the net will be much more helpful than ever before.|
    Ahaa, its good dialogue concerning this paragraph here at this weblog,
    I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this
    I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet people, its really really fastidious paragraph on building up new website.|
    Wow, this piece of writing is nice, my younger sister is analyzing
    these things, therefore I am going to convey her.|
    Saved as a favorite, I really like your website!|
    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this
    article and the rest of the site is also really good.|
    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉
    I’m going to revisit yet again since I bookmarked it.

    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change,
    may you be rich and continue to guide others.|
    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and
    visual appearance. I must say you’ve done a superb job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads very quick for me on Internet explorer.
    Excellent Blog!|
    These are in fact impressive ideas in about blogging.

    You have touched some fastidious points here. Any way keep up wrinting.|
    I love what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.|
    Howdy! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to
    look it over. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and
    will be tweeting this to my followers! Great blog and amazing design.|
    Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve included you guys to blogroll.|
    Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard
    time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.

    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!|
    Hey there would you mind letting me know which
    hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must
    say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting
    provider at a fair price? Thanks, I appreciate it!|
    Everyone loves it whenever people get together and share views.
    Great website, keep it up!|
    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way,
    how could we communicate?|
    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your content seem to be running
    off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured
    I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though!
    Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Kudos|
    This is a topic which is close to my heart… Many thanks!

    Exactly where are your contact details though?|
    It’s very effortless to find out any topic on web as compared to books, as I found this article at this web page.|
    Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble
    locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for
    your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog
    and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.|
    Hola! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the courage to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter
    Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!|
    Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided
    to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break.

    I really like the information you present here and can’t
    wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast
    your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI,
    just 3G .. Anyhow, great site!|
    Its like you read my thoughts! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I believe that you just can do with a few p.c.

    to pressure the message house a little bit, however other than that, this is wonderful blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.|
    I visited several blogs however the audio quality for audio songs current at this web page is genuinely superb.|
    Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just
    wondering if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do
    you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any help is very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article!
    It’s the little changes that will make the largest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!|
    I truly love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own blog and want to find out where you got this from or just what
    the theme is called. Thanks!|
    Hello there! This blog post couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He constantly kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for
    Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different
    topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful
    choice of colors!|
    There’s certainly a great deal to learn about this subject.
    I love all the points you have made.|
    You made some decent points there. I looked on the net for additional
    information about the issue and found most people will go along with your
    views on this web site.|
    Hi, I read your blogs regularly. Your story-telling
    style is awesome, keep it up!|
    I just could not depart your web site prior to suggesting that I really enjoyed the
    standard information a person provide in your visitors?
    Is going to be back regularly in order to check up on new posts|
    I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it.
    I have you book-marked to look at new things you post…|
    Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this article. It
    was practical. Keep on posting!|
    Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your post.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.|
    I always spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s articles or reviews daily along with a mug of coffee.|
    I constantly emailed this web site post page to all my friends, for the reason that if like to
    read it next my friends will too.|
    My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the
    expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am worried
    about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any help would be really appreciated!|
    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll
    be book-marking it and checking back regularly!|
    Wonderful work! That is the type of info that should be shared around the
    internet. Disgrace on Google for not positioning this post upper!
    Come on over and consult with my website . Thank you =)|
    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.|
    Howdy, I think your website could be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it’s got some
    overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Besides that, wonderful website!|
    Someone essentially help to make critically articles I’d state.
    That is the first time I frequented your web page and to this point?
    I amazed with the analysis you made to create this particular
    publish extraordinary. Fantastic task!|
    Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly helpful
    & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to present something again and aid others like you aided me.|
    Hey there! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your great information you have
    got right here on this post. I am returning to your
    site for more soon.|
    I always used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of
    net therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to
    Your means of explaining the whole thing in this paragraph is actually good,
    all can effortlessly be aware of it, Thanks a lot.|
    Hi there, I found your blog by means of Google while
    looking for a similar subject, your site came up, it looks good.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just turned into alert to your blog thru Google, and located that it’s
    truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.
    I will be grateful should you proceed this in future. Many people will be benefited out of your writing.
    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been utilizing?

    I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest site and
    I would like to find something more safeguarded.

    Do you have any solutions?|
    I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up
    the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today.|
    I’m extremely impressed along with your writing skills as well as with the layout for your
    weblog. Is that this a paid topic or did you modify it your self?
    Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to look a nice weblog like this one nowadays..|
    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your web site
    in internet explorer, may check this? IE still is the marketplace chief and a
    good element of folks will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.|
    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or
    understanding more. Thanks for great information I was
    looking for this information for my mission.|
    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting
    to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of \

  2. After looking into a handfull of the articles on your web page,
    I really like your technique of blogging.
    I added it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web siote as well and tell me your

  3. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment.

    I doo believe that you ought to write more onn this subject matter,
    it might not bbe a aboo subject but typicaloy people do not speak about such issues.

    To the next! Cheers!!

  4. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but
    great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for great info I was looking for this info for my

  5. I like EDM songs! I really do! And my favourite dance band is The Cheinsmokers! DJs Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall are about to perform more than 50 concerts to their fans in 2019 and 2020! To know more about Chainsmokers band in 2019 and 2020 visit site Chainsmokers tour Orlando. You won’t miss any concert in 2019 if you click on the link!

  6. Tһe bottom ⅼine is that marijuana may ѕeem
    like an innocent substance tо fool aгound with ɑnd experiment ɑ little, but furtһer ⅼater on you mаy need to look at hοw your utilisation оf the drug has changed.
    Rebelling – Ѕimilarly, ɑccording to tһе individual aⅼong with the “stage”
    in adolescence oг young adulthood, smoking grass can seem to be аs being a mеans of differentiating themselvеs off theіr parents.
    Doctors, physicians, ɑnd doctors prescribe antidepressants, sleeping pills painkillers, аnd tranquilizers ѡithout batting an eyelid.

  7. I’ve observed that in the world of today, video games will be the latest phenomenon with kids of all ages. Often times it may be difficult to drag the kids away from the games. If you want the very best of both worlds, there are many educational gaming activities for kids. Interesting post.

3 Pings & Trackbacks

  1. Pingback:

  2. Pingback:

  3. Pingback:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *