Take a trip down memory lane, just brace yourself, because you’re going to see things.
While playing on YouTube, I decided to watch the most viewed “Rockford, Illinois” videos of all time.
Originally I typed “Rockford” into the search bar and found stuff from Rockford Files, Rockford Fosgate, and the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game.
Apparently there is a Rockford HIlls in the game and people love to make videos of the fictional location.
Anyway, after adding “Illinois” to the search, I got a better idea of what is the most viewed of all time.
What I found was quite interesting. Videos that missed the cut function Protesters clash with police in Rockford town center, a tornado hits a television channel, some dance videos, and one Video of Chuck E. Cheese.
All five represent just under a million views on YouTube, the top five all reach that mark.
5. Congo seben (Valentine’s Day Rockford IL) Rio
Just a dance video at a party in Rockford. Posted two years ago, with a million views on YouTube.
4. Spectator Drags – Rockford Speedway – 04/07/2020
A 30 minute video featuring regular cars at the Rockford Speedway Drag Race. It’s pretty crazy. The first race involved a minibus. Sitting at almost a million and a half views.
3. 2015 WWII Days – Rockford, IL – German WWI Veteran Fallschirmjager
If you’ve been living in Rockford for a minute, I’m sure you’ve been familiar with WWII Days in Midway Village. It’s something that happens every year in town, but for some reason this video, of two guys talking, has 2.7 million views on YouTube.
2. Coyote Chases Family Dog in Rockford, Illinois
Hey, this one is from Q98.5. I guess this is from a fan because I don’t think it’s Lil Zim or JB in the clip. Coyotes show up pretty much every summer in the Rockford area to try and prey on dogs. This creepy clip shows a puppy barking at a coyote, all caught by a backdoor camera and racking up just over 3.1 million YouTube views.
1. Inside a crack house | US Drug Gangs Exposed (Crime Documentary) | True stories
I really wish this video wasn’t the most viewed video of all time in Rockford, but it is. The description of the video reads “In the summer of 2005, federal agents and police in Rockford, Illinois captured over a thousand hours of surveillance footage …”. It has been viewed over 3.4 million times on YouTube. The video was released in April 2021.