TED Talks – Most Popular to Date

We have talked about TED Talks before–a series of talks that get us thinking in new directions. They are usually both informative and highly interesting. TED has released a list of 20 most-watched talks to date on its blog:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417 views
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851
  3. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263
  4. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541
  5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580
  6. Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488
  7. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294
  8. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
  9. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 4,966,643
  10. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 4,763,038
  11. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 4,706,241
  12. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,658,425
  13. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 4,538,037
  14. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,269,082
  15. Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,153,105
  16. Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,891,251
  17. Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,869,417
  18. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 3,847,893
  19. Mary Roach10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 3,810,630
  20. Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds (2012): 3,535,340

I have only seen a few of these so far, but have to admit that #1 and #2 have been particular favourites. What is your favourite TED Talk?


  1. Surprisingly, there are lots of TED talks on aspects of law. A search for law, filtered by “talks”, yields over 200. Some of the titles near the top actually look quite interesting:

    Making law on the high seas
    Four ways to fix a broken legal system
    A vision of crimes in the future
    How I beat a patent troll
    The right to understand

  2. Along those same lines, Ian Mackenzie also put together a nice group of TED Talks about Dispute Resolution over on his blog: