The 9 Most Visually Engaging Types of YouTube Videos, Ranked
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YouTube hosts many types of videos, each showing how creative its uploader can be. From amateur music videos to instructional courses, there are plenty of areas to explore.
And while many users take to YouTube to learn from tutorials or watch the latest music videos, there is a certain kind of YouTube video that has its own appeal: videos so visually appealing that you can’t help but watch. . their.
Whatever the actual concept of the video, the right visual execution can make it highly visible. Some might even trigger ASMR tingles, goosebumps and chills. (If you know, you know.)
Here are our picks for the most visually satisfying videos on YouTube, ranging from those that are dazzling to those that are relaxing.
9. Mukbang Videos
Mukbang (sometimes spelled meokbang) is a globally trending video genre of watching someone eat food. It’s kind of a subgenre of the much broader category of food and travel shows.
What makes these videos so engaging? Part of it is the food that’s featured in each episode, which often looks mouth-watering and sucks you in, making you wish you could eat it yourself. The other part is the host, who can be funny, cute, informative, or quirky.
And for ASMR fans, crunching, gulping and crushing food with every bite is an experience you can’t replicate anywhere else.
8. Animated Videos
The animation is a marvel in itself. When done right, the beauty of movement can mesmerize and hypnotize in ways that live action never could. It’s like every frame is a dazzling painting, and when it all comes together in one fluid sequence, you can’t look away.
That’s why there are so many animation compilation videos on YouTube, where all kinds of anime scenes are highlighted for their god-level high-quality animations, from fight scenes to mutant transformations, slices of life to romantic outings.
7. Incredible Worker Videos
Seeing someone do their job well is a pretty normal occurrence, but seeing someone do a mundane act with seemingly superhuman ability can be amazing to see and satisfying to watch.
From badass knife-cutting skills to fluid and precise scythe movements, people who dedicate hours of their lives to mastering their professions, hobbies, or interests are downright thrilling.
6. Natural Phenomena Videos
Even though we study nature, one thing remains true: nature is highly unpredictable. This is why we are always surprised whenever new videos come out that feature natural phenomena from different parts of the world.
What makes these types of videos so appealing is that you can see things you might never experience in real life, and you can watch them happen on screen in real time. From avalanches to tsunamis, lightning strikes to tornadoes, they are always intensely captivating.
But it’s not just the intensity that attracts us. Nature is a beautiful canvas on which we can see moving paintings, like the Northern Lights (northern Lights) or a mysteriously massive flock of birds.
5. Inside Guitar Videos
Listening to a slow, smooth melody on someone’s guitar can be relaxing, but being able to see how the strings vibrate with each pluck and strum is infinitely more interesting.
There are plenty of YouTube videos that feature musicians playing guitars and other stringed instruments, but the ones we find most engaging are the ones filmed from inside the guitars, the ones that show us the vibration of each string during the song.
It’s even better when the view from inside the guitar looks out over panoramic views, from beaches to sunsets to mountain ranges.
4. Plant Time Lapse Videos
Plants are everywhere around us and they are already very beautiful to look at. But they grow so slowly. Day by day you don’t see much change – it’s only when you fast forward through the time frame that you see the unseen magic.
One of the weirdest genres of YouTube videos involves time lapses of plant growth, from seed to bud to flower and beyond. You can see how roots spread, shoots grow, and how each plant diverges in its own way as it grows.
If you want to witness the hidden magic of the natural world, there really is no better way than with plant time lapse videos.
3. Chain Reaction Videos
Have you ever seen a line of dominoes fall, each leading to the next? Or perhaps the more complex version known as Rube Goldberg’s machine, in which many independent actions complete a causal chain that ends in a bang?
These chain reaction videos are so fascinating to watch, not only because you’re constantly guessing what’s going to happen next, but also because you can see the creativity and patience that goes into each setup.
Some videos use typical household and office items (cups, saucers, rulers, etc.), while others use mechanical parts that are strategically put together for a smooth, flawless performance.
2. Slow Motion Videos
What if time slows down around us? Things that happen in an instant – faster than we can process them with our miserable eyes and brains – would be laid bare for us to look at.
And, luckily, many “instant” things look wonderful when extremely slowed down. Thus, the popularity of the slow motion video genre on YouTube.
You’ll be surprised how something as mundane as a water balloon bursting or a face being punched, and the resulting slow-motion videos are often works of art.
1. Panda Videos
Pandas might just be the cutest creatures on Earth. They’re cute, they’re fluffy, they’re goofy, they’re playful, and you probably feel compelled to pet them every time you see one.
Of course, we can’t have pandas in our homes. The best way to witness this is through YouTube videos, and there are plenty of satisfying videos that show the many facets of panda behavior. You won’t be able to look away.