YouTube (and now Vimeo) has rewritten the book on how riders get their fix of BMX videos over the past few years. From Simon O’Brien’s five million strong flatland section to Federal’s Paris trip video, we give you the rundown of the top ten most popular BMX videos on the ‘Tube.

1. Simon O’Brien Flaltand Section
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With more than five million plays, the most watched BMX video on YouTube has double the views than the second video on the list. Simon O’Brien’s section from was posted in October of 2006 and features mind-blowing links including a wild backwards halfpacker pressure flip in the middle of a long combo. And just to show he is a well-rounded rider, Simon throws in a no-hander over a box jump, and even a quick skateboarding clip.

2. 411 Intro & Section
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The second most watched BMX clip on YouTube is from the first issue of the short-lived video magazine known as 411 that debuted in early 2002. The section here is the video’s intro and first segment from the Terrible One/FBM contest that was held at Ramp Ranch in Austin, Texas in January of 2002. Mike Aitken won the contest even though he didn’t even pull the roll out on the banger move of the day—a pegless icepick to fakie on the 8ft wall. Besides a young Mike Aitken in this video you’ll also find Vic Ayala, Troy McMurray, crankflips, and a huge gap to wallride by Taj Mihelich.

3. Old School BMX
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I’m not nearly old enough to know where this next video comes from that is simply titled, “Old  School BMX.” It features just that…old school riders wearing full-face helmets and leather uniforms doing flatland moves on top of the stars of Hollywood Blvd. and airing steep and narrow quarter pipes. Even though these riders and moves were “before my time,” this type of riding is precisely what introduced me to BMX for the first time when I was in second grade. And even though the styles and tricks are (for the most part) really different from what is being done today, I still get stoked to see this kind of riding!

4. Racing Crash Compelation
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I’m not surprised at all that one of the most watched BMX videos on YouTube is a crash compellation. This one is nearly three solid minutes of high-speed racing crashes on the track. With eight dudes sprinting elbow-to-elbow over jumps and around berms, crashes on the racetrack are some of the gnarliest in BMX. And when you throw in some young, squirly kids and a bunch of clipped-in pedals, the recipe for disaster doubles.

5. Animal Road Trip
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An unknown user uploaded Animal’s October 2006 road trip video just a few months after it was released, but since the DVD was a free promo anyway, YouTube user “montrealbmx” actually did Animal a favor by helping spread their video to a ton of riders.

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6. Dave Mirra’s Warehouse Session
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Dave Mirra is no doubt one of the best bike riders to ever pick up a BMX. He has dominated the contest scene for more than a decade now, and nothing is more impressive than watching him ride his own private ramp warehouse in Greenville, North Carolina. This minute-and-a-half edit shows Dave doing what he does best on his home turf. To my knowledge, this is one of the first videos online that showed Dave’s no-handed 360 backflip, affectionately known as the “air traffic controller,” that he pulled over the 50ft jump at X Games 14’s Big Air competition.

7. How-To Manual
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YouTube has become the Google of videos in the sense that if you want to see o learn something visually, most people check YouTube first, just as they check Google first when searching for photos or text about a topic. And because most beginner bike riders may not know about our site and our how-to videos yet, I’m not surprised to see a beginner how-to video land on this list. Michael Novelli explains how to do a basic manual in the seventh most watched BMX video on YouTube.

8. “Sentenced To Life” Trailer
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“Sentenced To Life” was a BMX video released in March of 2006 by Brian Purdy featuring the all-star lineup of Dave Mirra, Scotty Cranmer, Mike Aitken, Josh Harrington, Ryan Guettler, and Matt Beringer. This trailer to the DVD landed on YouTube just before the video went on sale, and thanks to bangers from the entire cast of riders it has seen more than one and a half million views. The highlight for me? Seeing Scotty Cranmer keep perfect balance the entire way down the longest, most kinked rail I’ve ever seen anyone do (1:00).

9. Inertia Bikes Commercial
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This black and white promotional edit for Inertia Bikes featuring Lee Musselwhite and Paul Tout shows a slew of ridiculously difficult rolling tricks and a few insane links that shouldn’t even be possible. If I thought for a second that Inertia’s products would give me super powers like the riders in this video I’d go right out and buy every product they make!

10. Federal Bikes Paris Trip
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The last video on our list is the only one that had the music removed by YouTube due to copy write issues. Dropping in the summer of ’07, Federal’s Paris trip video helped push online videos to the next level—upping the production and filming quality, and including bangers that would normally be saved for a DVD.  Dan Lacey, Davey Watson, Mark Love, and the rest of the Federal team took the BMX Internet world by storm with the moves they threw down all around France’s capital city for this video.

*Views and comments are an approximation as of May 26, 2009.