Youtube is one of the world’s most popular video streaming platform where millions of users worldwide tune in to watch their favourite content creators every day.
In this article, we’re going over the top 25 most-viewed music videos on YouTube ever.
#1 | Baby Shark Dance – Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories
Baby Shark is a children’s song that is thought to have originated from a campfire or chant. The song broke into the Billboard Hot 100 coming in at number 32 during the week of January 7 2019.
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#2 |Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
Despacito, which is Spanish for slowly is a Spanish song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, both hailing from Puerto Rica. The song was a chartbuster upon release and topped charts of 47 countries while entering the top ten in ten others.
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#3 | Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran released the Shape of you on January 6 2017. The song was included as a part of his third studio album. The song was also awarded the Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Grammy Awards.
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#4 | See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
The main reason for the rocking success this song has had was its tribute to Paul Walker, the fan favourite actor from the Fast and the Furious franchise. The song was the theme for the movie Furious 7.
It was the best selling song in 2015 and it also held the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the US as well as a record for the most streams in a week worldwide.
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#5 | Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster – Get Movies
Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated cartoon series which is said to be loosely based on children’s oral folktale. It has over 68 episodes and all of them have been uploaded to Youtube.
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#6 | UpTown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Another hugely popular song, UpTown Funk was recorded by record producer, Mark Ronson who hails from the UK along with American singer/songwriter Bruno Mars. The song released on 10th November 2014.
It went on to become the second best selling song of 2015 and won two Grammy awards as well, including the record of the year.
You can watch UpTown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
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#7 | Gangnam Style – Psy
Gangnam Style was an unexpected hit that no one saw coming. The video is all about Psy mocking Seoul’s Gangnam-gu.
The video went live on 15 July 2012 and over-took Justin Bieber’s existing record or 803,700,000 to take the most-watched video spot on YouTube. It managed to stay there for about 1689 days.
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#8 | Sorry – Justin Bieber
While the song originally was intended just to be a lyric video, the video ended up to be the main one. It turned out to be the fifth-fastest video to reach 1 Billion views son the platform.
The song comes from Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose. It released on October 23, 2015, and topped the charts of 14 countries.
You can watch Sorry – Justin Bieber here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
#9 | Sugar – Maroon 5
Maroon 5 recorded Sugar for their fifth studio album V. The song was released as a single on January 13, 2015. It peaked at number 2 on the US billboard 100.
Fun fact about the video, the weddings that are being crashed in the video, are not staged. Maroon 5 actually went and crashed multiple weddings around Los Angeles.
You can watch Sugar – Maroon 5 here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
#10 | Roar – Katy Perry
The song was released as the lead single for Katy Perry’s 2013 album Prism. The lyrics mainly talk about standing up for yourself and self-empowerment, something that’s reflected in the success of the song.
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#11 | Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
The song was recorded as the lead single for Taylor’s fifth album 1989. While it initially premiered in a Yahoo! live stream on August 18, 2014, the studio released the song on YouTube and made it available for download the same day.
This has been Swift’s most successful Billboard Hot 100 song till date, fighting up the board for 50 consecutive weeks.
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#12 | Counting Stars – OneRepublic
OneRepublic’s third studio album Native had Counting Stars as one of the songs on the playlist which released in 2013.
The video itself was filmed on 10 May 2013. It features the band performing on a gloomy ground floor of a building.
You can watch Counting Stars – OneRepublic here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
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#13 | Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud was part of Ed Sheeran’s second studio album X. The single was topping the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands and South Africa.
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#14 | Faded – Alan Walker
Alan Walker is a Norwegian record producer and DJ. The song incorporates vocals provided by fellow Norwegian recording artist Iselin Solheim. It was released on 3 December 2015.
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#15 | Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MØ
Major Lazor’s third album, Peace is the Mission contains a house ballad named Lean On. The music video was shot in India and was directed by Tim Erem.
You can watch Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MØ here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
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#16 | Bailando – Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona
This is another song like Despacito that goes on to showcase the international appeal of YouTube. There are four versions of the song, with their own unique music videos, but the original Spanish versions stand out the most.
The song was recorded by Enrique Iglesias for his tenth studio album Sex and Love in 2014.
You can watch Bailando – Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
#17 | Dark Horse – Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
Another Katy Perry song, albeit this time in collaboration with rapper Juicy J the song released in September 2013 and combines the genres of Trap and hip-hop. It sold over 13.2 million units and was the second best selling song of 2014.
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#18 | Let Her Go – Passenger
The song was written and recorded by Mike Rosenberg, otherwise known as Passenger. It released in July 2012 as a single from his fourth album All the Little Lights.
The video was directed and produced by Australian filmmaker Dave Jensen and Tavic as it shows the stage being prepared for a Passenger concert.
You can watch Let Her Go – Passenger here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work,
#19 | Hello – Adele
Hello was Adele’s lead single from her third album 25. The song released in October 2015 and was a hit in many countries, including both the UK and USA. The video stars Adele and Tristan Wilds and was directed by Xavier Dolan.
You can watch Hello – Adele here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
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#20 | Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
The song sung by Shakira and featuring the Columbian band Freshlyground was released on 7th May 2010 by Epic records and was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was written, composed and produced by Shakira, and John Hill.
You can watch Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
#21 | Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Blank Space comes from the same album that gave us the previous Taylor Swift entry on this list, 1989.
The song released in November 2014 and was an instant hit. The music video was partly inspired by A Clockwork Orage.
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#22| Shakira – Chantaje (Official Video) ft. Maluma
Chantaje which translates to blackmail in English, is a song by Columbian singer Shakira featuring fellow Columbian Maluma. The was was released as a single for Shakira’s 11th studio album El Dorado in 2017.
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#23 | The Chainsmokers – Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey
Closer is a song by the American DJ duo the Chainsmokers in collaboration with Halsey. The song was written by Taggart, Hasley, Shaun Frank, Freddy Kenne, Isaac Slade and Joe King and was released on July 29, 2016. It’s a mix of the Future bass and pop genres.
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#24 | Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
The song is a debut single by Meghan Trainor and was released on Jun 30, 2014. It was also included in Trainor’s first EP. The music video was directed by Fatima Robinson in The Carriage House.
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#25 | Wheels On The Bus – Nursery Rhymes for Babies
This is not a music video or a well produced cinematic piece. This is literally an hour long compilation of nursery rhymes for babies, with 2.3 billion plus views.
You can watch Wheels On The Bus | Nursery Rhymes for Babies | Learn with Little Baby Bum | ABCs and 123s here if the YouTube embed above doesn’t work.
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