Move aside, homegrown cat videos. Four of the top 10 trending videos on YouTube last year were paid commercials.
Offerings from Nike, Budweiser and other brands are right behind "Mutant Giant Spider Dog" on the annual list of YouTube's most-watched videos.
The ability of major brands to create viral magic is a sure sign that online video advertising has come of age. For 10-year-old YouTube, which relies on its ubiquitous pre-roll commercials for revenue, it's also a cause for celebration, with a contest for users to pick their favorite video ad of the decade.
YouTube has created a ballot of 20 ads it considers most iconic, featuring everything from...