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The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date

TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. And that leaves many wondering exactly which ideas have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalks videos have been available online. Here, a list of the 20 most-watched talks on all the platforms we track:, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.

From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.

Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417
Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851
Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263
David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541
Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580
Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488
Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294
Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022 Hans
Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 4,966,643
Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 4,763,038
Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 4,706,241
Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,658,425
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 4,538,037
Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,269,082
Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,153,105
Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,891,251
Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,869,417
Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 3,847,893
Mary Roach 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 3,810,630
Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds (2012): 3,535,340

Compare and contrast how the 2012 list of the most popular talks stacks up to the 2011 list, written on the fifth birthday of TEDTalks videos.

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