From moonwalking ponies to yelling goats - via sketches, songs and flashmobs - here's our pick of the viral videos that made us laugh, smile and grin like silly kids this year. In no particular order, they were...

  • 20
    Ylvis: 'The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)'
    In which a Norwegian comedy duo came to the world's attention with the hit viral song of the year, and enlightened us to what noise foxes actually make.
  • 19
    'Don't Stop Believing' flash mob for retiring head teacher
    Roger Boddie was so beloved of his staff and pupils that they pulled this heartwarming Glee-style prank to honour him. No crying at the back!
  • 18
    Seeing her for the first time again
    A classic of the 'waking up from surgery' genre, Jason Mortensen can't believe his luck on learning that the beautiful woman standing over him is his wife.
  • 17
    Norwegian Army does the Harlem Shake
    This year's Silly Viral Video Craze spawned countless versions - but the Norwegian Army one was our favourite.
  • 16
    The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading
    Bad Lip Reading also brought us a very funny take on Obama's inauguration - but this pipped it, we feel. And trust us: you don't have to follow American football to find it hilarious.
  • 15
    Mercedes-Benz chicken advert
    Simple but brilliant. Was there ever a finer advert made involving chickens? We think not.
  • 14
    'Mad Men' without smoking
    Created by the funny folk on the Ellen show, this was very, very silly - and very, very funny.
  • 13
    Bus Stop Dancing Queen
    She was waiting for a bus... and she captured the world's heart.
  • 12
    Home Depot flash mob marriage proposal
    Starring Dustin, Spencer, their friends and Betty Who's 'Somebody Loves You'. (Warning: might make you blub.)
  • 11
    Three's moonwalking Shetland pony
    The mobile phone provider combined majestic Scottish scenery, Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere' and a Shetland pony called Socks to really rather wonderful effect.
  • 10
    Bad British baseball commentary
    "Hello rounders fans!" Writer and comedian Anthony Richardson created this slice of brilliance - check out his NBA with British commentary too.
  • 9
    Dublin taxi driver dances to 'Get Lucky'
    Well, we couldn't not include some reference to The Song Of The Summer. And we couldn't not include this marvellous video of a woman and taxi driver dancing to it on the streets of Dublin.
  • 8
    Goats yelling like humans
  • 7
    Construction workers react to Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball'
    "Excuse me! Ma'am! This is an active construction site!" For us, this was hands-down the funniest response to that pop video.
  • 6
    High school's lip dub of Katy Perry's 'Roar'
    It was done in one take, featured the entire school, and nearly everyone was walking backwards. Impressive, uplifting stuff, we're sure you'll agree.
  • 5
    'I Quit' interpretive dance video
    Marina Shifrin quit her job by making this video - and when it went viral, her bosses responded in kind.
  • 4
    How animals eat their food
    "Want to see how animals eat their food?" Well, yes, it turns out. The whole world did.
  • 3
    NBA dance cam dance-off
    We're not sure who we loved most - the kid in the stands or the NBA usher who challenged him. Either way, it was delightful.
  • 2
    Chris Hadfield covers David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'
    The Canadian astronaut said farewell to the International Space Station in the way that all of us have dreamed of doing - if we were astronauts.
  • 1
    Oil ship crew lip dub Toto's 'Africa'
    We said these weren't in order. But this was definitely our number one, could-watch-it-over-and-over, favourite, feelgood funny video of the year. Thank you, crew of the Bourbon Peridot vessel, for helping to make 2013 just that little bit funnier, brighter and more delightful.

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  • In which Prince Harry pulls his most awkward face, David Cameron laughs his most awkward laugh, and some poor woman has to share the stage with them both.

  • The Queen is <a href="" target="_blank">photobombed by her own grandchild</a>. We're sure this is a treasonable offence.

  • We feel for you, kid. We really do.

  • Angela Merkel was hugely impressed by the new pope's Ted Rogers impression.

  • The funniest photo to ensue from the G8 summit in Ireland?

  • No. That would be this one.

  • A world famous superstar - AND Robert De Niro! Bless you, Lil Bub.

  • Ed Miliband takes tea with Normal People. It's clearly a comfortable affair.

  • The NASA Rover draws a giant penis on the surface of Mars. Well, the NASA Rover <em>is</em> a 12-year-old boy.

  • Camilla sees the giant penis on the surface of Mars. Possibly.

  • At Nelson's Mandela Memorial, someone picks exactly the right spot for George W Bush.

  • Although this was the shocking photo of the event, of course. Who knew that the Prime Minister of Denmark was <a href="" target="_blank">a woman</a>?!

  • Well, 'selfie' was the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year, you know.

  • In animal news, a frog photobombed this NASA launch...

  • ...while <a href="" target="_blank">a horse photobombed</a> these adorable little girls.

  • Still, he wasn't the only one with a long face this year.

  • No, really. It's almost like Nick Clegg is perfecting this thing.

  • Still, it could be worse. He could be Nigel Farage.

  • Slightly happier this year? Prince Charles. And no more so than when he'd been given a teddy bear to cuddle.

  • Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Fulham's Scott Parker bring us our favourite footie photo of the year.

  • Don't worry, Prince Harry didn't actually punch that baby.

  • See?!

  • "One down: Person who uses public transport to make it seem like he's in touch with The Masses..."

  • We're not saying the sun shines out of Olly Murs's a***, but... apparently, it does.

  • How to celebrate winning the men's doubles final at Wimbledon (if you're Bob and Mike Bryan).

  • Although that celebratory sporting act was nothing compared to <a href="" target="_blank">Manu Tuilagi's</a>, of course.

  • Michael Gove takes the 'Are You Smarter Than A Five Year-Old?' test, sadly fails.

  • Ed Miliband meets an admirer at the Labour party conference. Lucky Ed!

  • A llama gets in on the action <a href="" target="_blank">at Machu Picchu</a>.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge hears a shocking piece of gossip as she leaves Westminster Abbey. Possibly.

  • David Cameron tries to high five some children in Sri Lanka. This goes about as well as expected.

  • If only he was as popular as Gideon and Boris in China, eh? Well, Boris, at least.

  • So many Lady Gaga photos to choose from this year, so little time. So we've chosen this one as our favourite.

  • A divorce is announced <a href="" target="_blank">in Swansea</a>.

  • Some say Pope Francis is too informal. We say: he gets a big thumbs-up.

  • Ed Balls proves once again that you should never work with children or plastic animals.

  • In Alex Salmond's defence, no politician looks good in hard hat, googles and overalls.

  • No, really - they don't.

  • Shetland ponies in cardigans. The best animals-in-outfits thing to happen this year, apart from...

  • ...<a href="" target="_blank">cats in tights</a>

  • Not Beyonce's best look this year - although probably her most powerful.

  • We can't be sure, but we THINK there might be a member of the royal family hiding behind one of those masks.

  • Gentleman in the chair: you have our sympathies.

  • In which Prince Charles takes part in a magic trick. Marvellous.

  • We'll never forget where we were when we first saw George Osborne's new haircut. We were in Ancient Rome.

  • Desperate to revive his image this year, Nick Clegg recruited a new team of young advisors.

  • The only picture of Sir Patrick Stewart in a bathtub, dressed as a lobster, that you needed to see this year.

  • Barack Obama pulls a gun-totin' stance. <a href="" target="_blank">Here were some of the best reactions.</a>

  • Just your average <a href="" target="_blank">George Clooney photobomb</a>.

  • Although that's not as good as a 'sleeping David Cameron on a four-poster bed' photobomb, of course.

  • And finally: The Artist Formerly Known As The Royal Baby (now known as Prince George) greets the masses - in truly royal style.