The panorama of super-popular YouTube movies could be very completely different from what it as soon as was. Whereas traditional viral movies like Charlie Bit My Finger or Chocolate Rain characterised the primary half-decade of YouTube’s most considered content material, right now, that record is nearly solely dominated by music movies. In 2019, YouTube music movies are a number of the hottest movies ever considered within the historical past of the medium. (And right now’s most considered music movies on YouTube are, unsurprisingly, a number of the most overplayed High 40 songs from the final decade.)
Millennials and new generations of internet customers take into account YouTube essentially the most trusted media platform on this planet, and if these view counts are something to go by, the very best place to observe music movies too.
10. Katy Perry – Roar (2.89 billion)
Katy Perry continues to carry on to the highest 10 as Roar maintains its recognition, narrowly beating out Taylor Swift (though the 2 pop stars are nonetheless neck and neck for the place).
Initially making its look on the positioning on September 5, 2013, Roar was teased a number of occasions on YouTube, marking one of many few top-10 movies on this record to make use of the platform for pre-release promotion.
Because the oldest music video on our record apart from Gangnam Type, Roar seems to have actual endurance and will proceed to be one of many world’s most considered YouTube movies for a while to return.
9. Maroon 5 – Sugar (three.02 billion)
You wouldn’t count on a music video loosely based mostly on the plot of a mid-2000s comedy like Marriage ceremony Crashers, to be a mega hit, however that’s precisely what occurred with Maroon 5’s Sugar. Maybe it’s as a result of each movie and music video had the identical director, or as a result of Maroon 5 itself has been a family identify in pop music for near 25 years. Regardless of the purpose, Sugar slips into our quantity 9 spot with simply over three billion views on the time of writing.
It premiered on Maroon 5’s Vevo channel on YouTube on January 14, 2015 and could be the largest hit from that 12 months if it weren’t additionally joined by Sorry and See You Once more.
eight. Justin Bieber – Sorry (three.18 billion)
Though Justin Bieber could be the second musical artist to ever obtain a one billion-view video on YouTube, Sorry wasn’t it (that was Child). Though it has proved to be his hottest YouTube video by far, with greater than three billion views thus far, Sorry was solely the 22nd video to succeed in the billion view mark.
Nevertheless, the music video rapidly proved itself, changing into one of many quickest to succeed in the 2 billion mark and simply crusing on to a few billion with out a lot bother.
It was initially supposed to be only a lyric video, so it was maybe lucky that it ended up as the primary video for the track, contemplating its large recognition.
7. Pinkfong – Child Shark Dance (three.32 billion)
Generally a track turns into well-known solely as a result of it’s an earworm. We’ve seen it occur with Barney within the early days, so it’s no shock it will occur with a child’s track a few shark household. Child Shark Dance, producing by Korean pop producer Pinkfong, isn’t an advanced track. It has sharks, repetition, and a substantial quantity of existential dread – that’s about it.
Nevertheless, this track has shot as much as turn into the latest member on the record and encourage numerous variations discovered throughout YouTube. Let’s be sincere, if mentioning Child Shark and enjoying it 12 occasions in a row is the one option to calm your toddler down, each father or mother with web goes to do precisely that. Count on Child Shark’s meteoric rise to proceed.
6. PSY – Gangnam Type (three.41 billion)
A real icon in monster YouTube video historical past, Psy’s Gangnam Type was the very first YouTube video to be considered greater than a billion occasions. Much more superb on the time, was that it did it in lower than six months after its launch (from July to December 2012). It could go on to turn into the primary video to succeed in two billion views in Might 2014, and it wasn’t till 2015 that it will also have a shut competitor.
Though right now greater than 100 movies on YouTube have been watched greater than a billion occasions every, Gangnam Type nonetheless stays one of the watched movies of all time, beating off a lot youthful competitors to retain its prime ten spot nearly seven years after its launch.
5. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (three.64 billion)
Regardless of being older than the highest three movies on this record, Uptown Funk continues to attract in numerous new viewers and stays a menace to their medal placings. It made its YouTube debut in November 2014 and swiftly turned one of the well-liked and well-liked movies ever.
Arguably simply as spectacular as its total view rely is that it beat off such stiff competitors from its contemporaries. Massive music movies from different main artists, like Ed Sheeran, in addition to Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry, have all seen their large 2014 hits obtain a number of billions of views. Uptown Funk nonetheless manages to eclipse all of them and edges ever nearer to changing into the fourth video to realize 4 billion views.
four. Masha and the Bear – Recipe for catastrophe (four.11 billion)
The one video on this record that isn’t a music video and solely one in all three that isn’t totally in English, Masha and the Bear is a selected episode of a Russian kids’s cartoon by the identical identify (or Маша и Медведь in Russian). The present is vastly well-liked exterior of its residence nation, although, and plenty of of its episodes have garnered large view counts on YouTube. It’s additionally broadcast on Netflix and NBCUniversal in a collective episode format.
The Recipe for Catastrophe episode, although, is of specific curiosity for its astronomical view rely. It’s in a hallowed membership of simply 9 movies which have eclipsed three billion views and one in all 4 that has topped 4 billion. It’s the preferred non-music video of all time on the positioning, maybe anyplace.
The factor is, the episode isn’t on the official Masha and the Bear channel. Get Films, the channel that uploaded this specific episode, has performed very nicely for itself from simply this one kids’s present episode.
three. Wiz Khalifa – See You Once more ft. Charlie Puth (four.22 billion)
The primary video on this record to have a film tie-in to assist its promotion, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Once more has been considered greater than 4 billion occasions since its April 2015 debut. Launched to assist promotion of the movie, Livid 7 (of The Quick and the Livid franchise), it additionally served as a type of tribute to deceased star of the sequence, Paul Walker, who the movie itself additionally acted as a tribute to.
The music video for the track was briefly essentially the most considered video on YouTube between July 10, 2017 and August four that very same 12 months, dethroning Gangnam Type. It was eclipsed in flip, by our primary video, Despacito. It was additionally essentially the most preferred video on the streaming website between August 26, 2016 and July 25, 2017. It was the second video to ever cross the 2 billion view mark and is one in all solely three movies to be considered greater than 4 billion occasions.
2. Ed Sheeran – Form of You (four.37 billion)
You might arguably tack an additional 840 million views to Ed Sheeran’s hottest YouTube hit, because the lyric video launched alongside is a vastly well-liked video in its personal proper. Whether or not you do, or not although, there’s no denying that Form of You is among the most watched movies of all time. It holds information because the third quickest video to succeed in a billion views, and is the second quickest to succeed in two billion, and three billion views as nicely.
Though it’s practically matched in views by See You Once more, Form of You is rather more fashionable. It achieved all of its view rely accolades in simply two years, having debuted in January 2017. It appears poised to solely cement itself additional because the second hottest video of all time.
1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft Daddy Yankee (6.41 billion)
For a website run by an American firm and dominated by English-speaking content material, it’s maybe a shock to see that the preferred YouTube video of all time (and one which reveals no signal of being eclipsed anytime quickly), is sung nearly totally in Spanish. That includes Puerto Rico artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Despacito hit YouTube in January 2017 and racked up greater than a billion views in simply 97 days — the second quickest run ever. It could go on to turn into the quickest to garner two billion views and the primary ever video to eclipse 4, and 5, and now six billion views.