The first time a YouTube video hit 1 billion views was back in 2012. Subsequently, tens of clips reached one billion views, but only a few of them managed to surpass the two billion view mark.
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So, let’s take a look at the list of most-viewed YouTube videos ever:
1. PSY: Gangnam Style
‘Gangnam Style’ video has been watched 2.8 billion times. Since its release in 2012, it has proven to be one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. The smash hit “Gangnam Style” has become a true international K-Pop sensation becoming the first video on YouTube to reach 1 billion views that have steadily increased to the current 2.8. It scored a number one spot in more than thirty countries, being so trendy, that even the former US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron seemed to be having fun performing the inimitable Gangnam Style dance with its signature moves for overall amusement.
2. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth: See You Again
Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” video featuring Charlie Puth, published on 6th April 2015, almost immediately hit 2 billion views on YouTube. Although, the peak of its popularity dates back to 2015, the clip remains to be one of the most viewed YouTube videos in 2017. The song is dedicated to the memory of an American actor Paul Walker who died in a car crash in 2013. “See You Again” was recorded as a soundtrack for the movie “Furious 7”, the actor hadn’t finished filming in, and released posthumously.
3. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson’s official music video “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars beats Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” record number of views being watched on YouTube around 2.5 billion times. This song, released in November 2014, won 3 Grammy awards, set a new record in the United Kingdom with 2.34 million plays in 7 days and topped the Singles Chart for 7 weeks.
4. Adele: Hello
“Hello” music video by Adele was released in 2015, and has been since watched 1.74 billion times. The first billion views were reached in only 88 days. It is famous for breaking the Vevo streaming record of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with 20.1 million watches, being viewed 27.7 million times in one day.
5. Taylor Swift: Blank Space
Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” has about 2 billion views on YouTube. It’s the second track from her album 1989 released in 2014. PopMatters proclaimed the song to be “likely the best of Swift’s career”. It ascended to number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks.
6. Justin Bieber: Sorry
As soon as YouTube pop-star Justin Bieber unleashed his smash single “Sorry” in 2015, it was quick to replace his “Baby” in the top 10 most-watched videos. His music video “Sorry” has racked up 1.88 billion views, whilst “Baby”, that had originally brought him fame, – only 1.46.
7. Major Lazer and DJ Snake: Lean On
For those who want to know most viewed YouTube videos Mac community voted for in 2015, we’ll give a few clues. This track was watched more than 1.7 billion times, hit number two on the UK Singles Chart, became the fifth world’s best selling song, can boast of more than 13.1 million purchases… – Yes, of course, it’s Major Lazer’s “Lean On” from their third album featuring Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted, known as MØ.
8. Ed Sheeran: Shape Of You
“Shape of You” is a song by English singer Ed Sheeran, composed in cooperation with Steve Mac. It topped the charts in 30 different countries, let alone the United States, Canada, and Australia. It held number one on the Canadian Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, on the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100 – 14 and 12 total weeks accordingly.
9. Maroon 5: Sugar
Although “Sugar” released on 14th of January, 2015, can barely be considered the most viewed YouTube video in 2017, it’s still one of the very few songs in history to be in the top 10 of the Hot 100 for 20 weeks. The track is the third top 10 single of American pop rock band Maroon 5 from their 5th studio album “V”. It scored number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s eighth successive top 10 entry. The music video for “Sugar”, shot by David Dobkin in L. A., was inspired by American comedy Wedding Crashers released in 2005. It depicts Maroon 5 bandmates trying to crash random local weddings.
10. Sia: Chandelier
Sia’s iconic “Chandelier” music video was released on 6th of May, two months after the song had aired in 2014. It’s the first single from her 6th album “1000 Forms of Fear” in cooperation with such prominent American songwriters and producers, as Jesse Shatkin and Greg Kurstin. “Chandelier” is a melancholic electropop song that incorporates musical elements of reggae, electronica, and R&B. The song is about life routine and philosophy of a “party girl”, who tries hard to rationalize her addiction to drugs and alcohol.