Most Viewed Songs On Youtube
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Although the most-viewed videos were initially viral videos, such as “Evolution of Dance” and “Charlie Bit My Finger”, the most-viewed videos were increasingly related to music videos. In fact, since Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” in 2009, every video that has reached the top of the “most-viewed YouTube videos” list has been a music video. Although some of the previously most-viewed videos are no longer listed on the site, reaching the top of the list is still considered a tremendous feat. In November 2005, a Nike advertisement featuring Brazilian football player Ronaldinho became the first video to reach one million views.
Every music fan knows that a great music video requires multiple viewings, but only a few clips make their way into YouTube’s exclusive “billion views club.” Most recently, Whitney Houston crossed the billion views milestone with her 1992 hit, “I Will Always Love You.”
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s smash collaboration that was inescapable at its peak in 2017, currently holds the title as the most-watched music video on YouTube, boasting more than seven billion views at the time of publication (for reference, the Earth has a population of 7.5 billion). Ed Sheeran’s equally infectious “Shape of You” follows with five billion.
See below for the 10 most-viewed music videos, according to YouTube.
10. “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic (3 billion views)
“Counting Stars” is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic. The song was written by lead singer Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. It was released as the album’s third single on June 14, 2013. The song has been one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching number one in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, number two in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries. It has sold over 1 million copies in the United Kingdom. As of July 2020, the video has received over 3 billion views on YouTube and is the 14th most watched video of all time on the site.
9. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (3.1 billion views)
“Thinking Out Loud” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was written by Sheeran and Amy Wadge. It was released in the US on 24 September 2014 as the album’s third single.
In June 2015, “Thinking Out Loud” became the first single to spend a full year in the UK top 40. In September 2015, it also became the seventh single to have achieved triple platinum certification in the UK during the 21st century. In October 2015, the song became the first to be streamed over 500 million times on Spotify, is also one of the most streamed songs in the UK and has been viewed more than 3.0 billion times on YouTube as of May 2020
8. “Roar” – Katy Perry (3.1 billion views)
“Roar” is a song by American singer Katy Perry. It was released on August 10, 2013. It is a pop song containing elements of arena rock and lyrics centering on standing up for oneself and self-empowerment.
When “Roar” was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Perry became the first artist to have three Diamond certified singles in the country, the other being “Firework” and “Dark Horse”. In February 2020, the music video for “Roar” reached 3 billion views, becoming the first female-centered video to reach the milestone in YouTube’s history.
7. “Sugar” – Maroon 5 (3.3 billion views
“Sugar” is a song recorded by American band Maroon 5. It was written by Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut. “Sugar” is a disco, funk-pop, and soul song that features a wide range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and guitars. Commercially, the song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s third top 10 single from V, and eighth consecutive top 10 entry. “Sugar” is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.
Sugar by Maroo 5, has 3 billion views.
6. “Sorry ” – Justin Bieber (3.3 billion views)
“Sorry” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. Written by Bieber, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Skrillex, and BloodPop; the song was produced by the latter two. It was released on October 22, 2015. Lyrically, “Sorry” is a plea for a chance to apologize to a lover, with Bieber asking forgiveness and a second chance to redeem himself. Bieber has since said that the lover was Selena Gomez.
Commercially, the song topped the charts of thirteen countries. It spent seven weeks at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and three weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; “Sorry” was replaced by third single “Love Yourself” on the chart dated February 13, 2016, making Bieber the 12th act in the Hot 100’s history to succeed himself at number one.
5. “Gangnam Style” – PSY (3.8 billion views)
“Gangnam Style” is a song by South Korean singer Psy, released on July 15, 2012. A K-pop and dance-pop song, the term “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul. The song received mixed reviews, with praise for its catchy beat and Psy’s amusing dancing (which has itself become a phenomenon) in the music video and during live performances in various locations around the world. “Gangnam Style” peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100. By the end of 2012, “Gangnam Style” had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
4. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (3.9 billion views)
“Uptown Funk” is a song by British record producer Mark Ronson featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. It was released on 10 November 2014 via download in several countries. “Uptown Funk” was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence and Jeff Bhasker. Produced by Ronson, Mars, and Bhasker, its composition began during a freestyle studio session when they worked on a jam Mars and his band played on tour. The song is a funk-pop, soul, boogie, disco-pop and Minneapolis sound track. It has a spirit akin to the 1980s-era funk music. Its lyrics address fashion, self-love and “traditional masculine bravado”, performed in a sing-rapping style filled with metaphors, arrogance, charisma, and fun.
3. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (4.7 billion views)
“See You Again” is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, featuring American singer Charlie Puth. The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013, in Valencia, California. The artists co-wrote the song with its co-producers, DJ Frank E and Andrew Cedar, with additional production from Puth and mixing provided by Manny Marroquin. “See You Again” was released on March 10, 2015, as the soundtrack’s lead single in the United States.
“See You Again” became both Khalifa’s and Puth’s biggest single to date. It spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100
2. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran (5 billion views)
“Shape of You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017. The dancehall-infused pop song was written by Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid. Due to its interpolation of “No Scrubs” by TLC, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs are also credited as writers.
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2018, Billboard ranked “Shape of You” as the ninth most successful song of all-time, as the magazine celebrated the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary.
1. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee (7 billion views)
“Despacito” (transl. ”Slowly”) is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee from Fonsi’s 2019 studio album Vida. Released on January 12, 2017, the song was written by Fonsi, Erika Ender, and Daddy Yankee, and produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. A remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the song’s chart performance in numerous countries, including various number-one positions. It is a reggaeton and Latin pop song composed in common time with lyrics about desiring a sexual relationship, performed in a smooth and romantic way. “Despacito” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the fusion between Latin and urban rhythms, its catchiness, and its text painting. It was the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time from August 2017 to November 2020. It became the first video on the site to reach the milestones of three, four, five, six, and seven billion views.