1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee – 6.93 Billion YouTube Views
“Despacito” means “slowly” in Spanish—yet its rise has been anything but. The song, performed by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, reached the milestones of 2 billion and 2.5 billion views faster than any video in YouTube’s history. And last weekend, just 203 days after its launch, the video surpassed 3 billion views, making it the most viewed ever.
“Breaking the record for most-viewed video of all time is a massive achievement,” says Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music. “Huge congrats to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in reaching this milestone—it truly demonstrates the power of YouTube in providing artists a place to express their creativity and connect with fans across the globe.”
That last part—the international appeal of “Despacito”—is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the song’s unlikely rise. Though Justin Bieber helped supercharge “Despacito” with an April remix packed with English lyrics, that version has clocked “only” half a billion YouTube spins (though it has now spent 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100). Remarkably, it’s Fonsi’s Spanish-language original that set the YouTube record.
2. Baby Shark Dance by Pink Fong Kids - 6.37 Billion Youtube Views
'Baby Shark' is a song which is thought to have been around for a long time, before a version of it was produced by a South Korean company called Pinkfong!.
It was Pinkfong!'s version that launched the viral craze, which started in Southeast Asia. Its catchy lyrics and fun dance moves made it popular with children and adults alike.
However, Pinkfong! believe that a lot of their success came from popular Korean bands like Red Velvet, Girls' Generation and Black Pink.
These K-pop groups started doing their own performances of it at their concerts. In August 2017, the Baby Shark Challenge - where people filmed themselves doing the Baby Shark dance moves - went viral, with #babysharkchallenge trending on Twitter.
Since then the song has taken off around the world - racking up over a billion views on YouTube.
3. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran – 4.95 Billion YouTube Views
"Shape of You" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with "Castle on the Hill".
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 was produced by Sheeran and Mac.
"Shape of You" peaked at number-one on the singles charts of 34 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 (later becoming the best performing song of 2017), as well as the UK, Australian and Canadian singles charts. It stayed at number one for a record-tying 16 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100, as well as 14 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart,and 12 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. On 10 December 2018, the song became the first song to hit 2 billion streams and the most streamed song on Spotify. It was also the most-streamed song of the decade on Spotify with 2.4 billion streams by December 2019.It was the best-selling song of 2017 and the decade in the UK. "Shape of You" was the best selling-song of 2017 and the best selling digital song worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 26.6 million units according to IFPI. In 2018, it sold an additionally 14.9 million copies and made a second appearance in the Billboard year-end chart, at No. 71.In 2019, it was named the number-one song on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart of the 2010s decade.
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.
4.See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – 4.7 Billion YouTube 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. Later on, the song was included as a bonus track on the international release of Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind. 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, tying Eminem's "Lose Yourself" for the second longest-running rap number-one single in the country behind Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road", and topped the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks. It also reached number one in several other countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. The song held the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States, until it was surpassed by One Direction's "Drag Me Down". It set the record for most streams in a single week worldwide, and in the United Kingdom also in a single week.
The music video was the most viewed video on YouTube from July 10 to August 4, 2017. "See You Again" received three nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It was also shortlisted for the Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards."See You Again" was the best selling-song of 2015 worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 20.9 million units according to IFPI.
5. Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster by Get Movies – 4.33 YouTube Views
Masha and the Bear (Russian: Ма́ша и Медве́дь, romanized: Masha i Medved; Russian pronunciation: [ˈmaʂə i mʲɪdˈvʲetʲ]) is a Russian animated television series created by Oleg Kuzovkov and co-produced by Soyuzmultfilm and Animaccord Animation Studio (Moscow, the Russian Federation), loosely based on the oral children's folk story of the same name. The show focuses on the adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear that always keeps her safe from disasters. The first episode was released in 2009. The series has been translated into 25 languages and was broadcast in more than 100 countries. The series was released on Netflix and through NBCUniversal. Treehouse TV acquired Masha and the Bear as well from 2016–present and then has been formerly acquired on Teletoon too.
Many of the episodes have been successful on YouTube. In particular, the Russian-language version of the episode "Маша плюс каша" ("Recipe for Disaster") has more than 4.3 billion views as of June 2020, making it the site's fifth most viewed video of all time, and the most viewed video on YouTube that is not a music video.The remaining top ten most viewed Masha and the Bear videos are: "Bon Appétit", with over 1.3 billion views; "Laundry Day", with over 1.1 billion views; "The Foundling", with over 800 million views; "La Dolce Vita", with over 740 million views; "Hocus-Pocus", with over 680 million views; "One, Two, Three! Light the Christmas Tree!", with over 670 million views; "Two Much", with over 500 million views; "Little Cousin", with over 480 million views; and "Home-Grown Ninjas", with over 370 million views.
The show consists of three full seasons, with 26 episodes each. The first thirteen episodes of the fourth season have been launched already.
For the first season in English, Elsie Fisher – the voice of Agnes, the youngest of the three girls in the Despicable Me films – was chosen to dub the voice of Masha.
6.Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – 3.92 Billion YouTube Views
"Uptown Funk" is a song by British record producer Mark Ronson from his fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015), featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. It was released as the album's lead single 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. Copyright controversies arose after the song's release resulting in multiple lawsuits and amendments to its songwriting credits.
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. Upon its release, the single received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the instrumental, style and influences of the track. Others criticised it for not being innovative as it tried to emulate 1980s funk music.
Commercially, the song topped the charts of 19 countries and reached the top 10 of 15 others, making it both Ronson's and Mars' most successful single to date. In the United States, "Uptown Funk" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks and spent seven weeks on the top of the UK Singles Chart. It was certified 11 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and four times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). "Uptown Funk" peaked at number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and topped the Irish Singles Chart, taking the Christmas number one spot. The song also reached the top spot on France's Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) number one in both Australia for a total of six weeks and in New Zealand for nine consecutive weeks. It also broke its own streaming record three times in the United Kingdom, while breaking the streaming record in the United States and Worldwide at that time.
Director Cameron Duddy and Mars shot the song's music video depicting Ronson, Mars and The Hooligans singing, walking and dancing in a city street. As of July 2020, the official music video for "Uptown Funk" is the sixth most viewed YouTube video of all-time and it has received 3.9 billion views. "Uptown Funk" was performed on television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. It received several awards and nominations, winning British Single of the Year at the 2015 Brit Awards, International Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2016 and Record of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The television show soundtrack of Glee, and commercials for L'Oreal's Garnier line and Skippy peanut butter used the song. It has been parodied several times and became a worldwide phenomenon with a major impact on pop culture.
7. Gangnam Style by Psy – 3.75 Billion YouTube Views
"Gangnam Style" (Korean: 강남스타일, IPA: [kaŋ.nam sɯ.tʰa.il]) is a song by South Korean singer Psy, released on July 15, 2012 by YG Entertainment as the lead single of his sixth studio album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1. 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" debuted at number one on South Korea's Gaon Chart. The song and its music video went viral in August 2012 and have influenced popular culture worldwide. In the United States, "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.
A music video was released the same day, attracting global media attention and a public audience. In September 2012, "Gangnam Style" was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video on YouTube at the time. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held that year. It became a source of parodies and reaction videos by many different individuals, groups and organizations. On December 21, 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. The song's music video has since been viewed over 3.7 billion times on YouTube, and was the most viewed video on YouTube from November 24, 2012, when it surpassed the music video for "Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, to July 10, 2017, when it was surpassed by the music video for "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.
Its dance was attempted by political leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who hailed it as a force for world peace. On May 7, 2013, at a bilateral meeting with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye at the White House, Obama cited the success of "Gangnam Style" as an example of how people around the world are being "swept up" by the Korean Wave of culture.
8. Johny Johny Yes Papa by Loo Loo Kids – 3.74 YouTube Views
"Johny Johny Yes Papa" is an English-language nursery rhyme. The song is about a child, Johny, who is caught by his father eating sugar. Versions of this song comprising more than one verse usually continue with variations on this theme.According to Polygon, it was first published on YouTube as a nursery rhyme in 2009 by the channel Shemrock Nursery Rhymes. However, the song was first featured on YouTube in 2007, where it was used in an Indian 5 Star commercial. The nursery rhyme has been recreated by many other edutainment YouTube channels targeting young children. As of 20 August 2020, a video containing the song, uploaded to YouTube by Loo Loo Kids in 2016, has more than 3.7 billion views, making it the eighth-most-viewed video on the site, as well as the second-most-viewed nursery rhyme video and one of the top 10 most-disliked YouTube videos. Another video of the song, uploaded by ChuChu TV in 2014, has more than 1.7 billion views, another uploaded by CVS 3D Rhymes in 2017 has over 1.2 billion views, and a further video in Spanish uploaded by FAMA JAMA has over 1.0 billion views. Another video was listed in 2015 by The Daily Dot as one of eleven "unintentionally disturbing" YouTube videos for children.
9. Learning Colors 'Colorful Eggs on a Farm' - Miroska Tv - 3.64 Billion Youtube Views
videos of 2019. Its view count nearly reaches that of the most popular episode of ‘Masha and the Bear’ - the smash-hit Russian cartoon. There’s a twist though: the egg animation is downright terrifying - and yet, no one can pinpoint exactly why (maybe you can let us know in the comments), it simply creates a sense of dread and unease in the viewer.
Other platforms the video has been published on have grownups and parents commenting with words like “Psychedelic” or “Creepy, at the end my brain started to weep”. But they also admit to children going crazy over it in the positive sense of the word: “My nephew watched it all the time when he was 3, I have no idea what the secret is,” one user wrote.
10. Sorry by Justin Bieber – 3.33 Billion YouTube Views
"Sorry" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015). 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, as the second single from the album. A dancehall-pop, tropical house and moombahton song, "Sorry" contains in its instrumentation "brassy horn bleats", warm island rhythms and a dembow riddim beat. 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. He also accomplished the same feat in the United Kingdom, becoming the third act ever to self-replace at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Globally, the song became one of the best selling digital music releases with over 10 million in sales in 2016 alone.
On October 18, 2015, Bieber announced the release of "Sorry", and a day later, the song was promoted through a Vine video that played the song in the background and featured King Bach and Michelle Obama. On October 21, 2015, Bieber posted an acoustic 13-second sample of the song, while on October 22, 2015, the song was officially released as Purpose second single. In the same day, Bieber posted a video on his Instagram, where he appeared in the studio with BloodPop and Skrillex, listening to the song and riding around on hoverboards. A "Latino remix" of the song, featuring Colombian singer J Balvin, was released worldwide on November 6, 2015.