List of most-viewed YouTube videos

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Since its establishment in 2005, the website has featured a “most viewed” section, which lists the most-viewed videos on the site.[citation needed] 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“, 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 star Ronaldinho became the first video to reach one million views.[1]

In December 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first video to reach one billion views.[2] By June 2015, only “Baby” had managed to join this threshold; but, by October 2015, a total of ten videos had done so,[3] and the number reached further to 100 in February 2018.[4] In July 2018, “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses became the first video created before the YouTube era to reach this threshold.[5]

In May 2014 “Gangnam Style” became the first video to exceed two billion views.[6] “Despacito” became the first video to reach three billion views in August 2017, and since has surpassed four billion in October 2017,[7] five billion in April 2018,[8] and six billion in February 2019.

As of May 2019, 34 videos have exceeded two billion views; seven of which exceed three billion views, three of which exceed four billion views and one of which exceeds six billion views. “See You Again” became the second video to reach three billion views in August 2017, followed by “Gangnam Style” in November 2017.[9][10]Shape of You” became the second video to reach four billion views in January 2019, followed by “See You Again” in February 2019.

As of May 2019, the fastest videos to reach the one billion view mark are “Hello” (87 days), “Despacito” (96 days), “Shape of You” (97 days), “Mi Gente” (103 days) and “Échame la Culpa” (111 days).[11] The fastest videos to reach two billion views are “Despacito” (154 days), “Shape of You” (187 days) and “Girls Like You” (293 days),[12] and the fastest videos to reach three billion views are “Despacito” (203 days), “Shape of You” (342 days) and “See You Again” (852 days).[13]

As of May 2019, Justin Bieber is the only artist to have five videos exceeding one billion views,[14] while Katy PerryBruno MarsNicky JamShakiraJ BalvinTaylor Swift and Ariana Grandehave four. Only two non-music videos are featured in the top 30 most-viewed. Justin Bieber is the only artist to have three videos exceeding two billion views, while Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Shakira and Maroon 5 have two.[A]

#Video nameUploader / artistViews (billions)Upload dateNote
1.Despacito[17]Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee6.17January 12, 2017[C]
2.Shape of You[22]Ed Sheeran4.19January 30, 2017[D]
3.See You Again[23]Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth4.10April 6, 2015[E]
4.Masha and the Bear – “Recipe for Disaster”[30]Get Movies3.56January 31, 2012[F]
5.Uptown Funk[31]Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars3.54November 19, 2014[G]
6.Gangnam Style[32]Psy3.34July 15, 2012[H]
7.Sorry[37]Justin Bieber3.12October 22, 2015[I]
8.Sugar[38]Maroon 52.95January 14, 2015
9.Roar[39]Katy Perry2.81September 5, 2013
10.Shake It Off[40]Taylor Swift2.77August 18, 2014
11.Thinking Out Loud[41]Ed Sheeran2.75October 7, 2014
12.Counting Stars[42]OneRepublic2.73May 31, 2013
13.Bailando[43]Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona2.72April 11, 2014
14.Baby Shark Dance[44]Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories2.71June 17, 2016
15.Dark Horse[45]Katy Perry featuring Juicy J2.57February 20, 2014
16.Lean On[46]Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring 2.56March 22, 2015
17.Hello[47]Adele2.52October 22, 2015[J]
18.Blank Space[49]Taylor Swift2.44November 10, 2014
19.Let Her Go[50]Passenger2.42July 25, 2012
20.Chantaje[51]Shakira featuring Maluma2.36November 18, 2016
21.Faded[52]Alan Walker2.35December 3, 2015
22.Mi Gente[53]J Balvin and Willy William2.34June 29, 2017
23.Closer (Lyric video)[54]The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey2.30July 29, 2016[K]
24.All About That Bass[55]Meghan Trainor2.29June 11, 2014
25.Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)[56]Shakira featuring Freshlyground2.21June 4, 2010
26.This Is What You Came For[57]Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna2.21June 16, 2016
27.We Don’t Talk Anymore[58]Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez2.20August 2, 2016
28.†”Wheels on the Bus[59]LittleBabyBum2.20August 9, 2014
29.Girls Like You[60]Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B2.16May 31, 2018
30.Rockabye[61]Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie2.12October 21, 2016
As of May 3, 2019

By year of release

The following table lists the current top 5 most viewed YouTube videos uploaded in each year, with each total rounded to the nearest 10 million views, uploader and upload date.[L]

As of May 2019 Katy PerryAdele and Ed Sheeran have the most appearances on the list with three each. Only icanrockyourworld (2007), Linkin Park (2007), Guns N’ Roses (2009), Luis Fonsi(2017) and Ed Sheeran (2017) have two videos in the top 5 of a single year, with the English and Spanish versions of Gummibär‘s The Gummy Bear Song being in the top five videos of 2007. Only four videos on the list are not music videos.  —Entries with this background color and a dagger (†) indicate that the upload is not a recording artist’s music video.

YearVideo nameUploaderViews (billions)Upload dateNotes
2005Tarzan Boy[62]nailofgilead0.13November 2, 2005
Life Goes On[63]fhearnoiz0.12September 22, 2005
guitar[64]guitar900.09December 20, 2005
Hurt[65]beachbuggy0.09December 12, 2005
†”Me at the zoo[66]jawed0.07April 23, 2005
Combined views (2005)0.50[67][68]
2006 
[M]
Galinha Pintadinha – videoclip infantil animado[69]Galinha Pintadinha0.55December 28, 2006
Ella y Yo[70]JosephIngma0.45April 27, 2006
†”Evolution of Dance[71]Judson Laipply0.31April 6, 2006[N]
I Write Sins Not Tragedies[72]Fueled By Ramen0.27July 18, 2006
Hit the road Jack![73]Andres Trevino0.18June 3, 2006
Combined views (2006)1.76[74][75]
2007The Gummy Bear Song[76]icanrockyourworld1.67October 9, 2007
Numb[77]Linkin Park1.14March 4, 2007
†”Charlie Bit My Finger[78]HDCYT0.87May 22, 2007[O]
Osito Gominola – Full Spanish Version – The Gummy Bear Song[79]icanrockyourworld0.60October 16, 2007
What I’ve Done[80]Linkin Park0.39April 3, 2007
Combined views (2007)4.67[74][75]
2008Bohemian Rhapsody[81]Queen Official0.93August 1, 2008
Hot n Cold[82]Katy Perry0.89October 13, 2008
Pintinho Amarelinho – DVD Galena Pintadinha[83]Galinha Pintadinha0.67September 15, 2008
Viva la Vida[84]Coldplay0.56August 4, 2008
Colgando en tus manos[85]Carlos Baute0.48October 29, 2008
Combined views (2008)3.53[74]
2009Axel F[86]Crazy Frog1.64June 16, 2009
November Rain[87]Guns N’ Roses1.15December 24, 2009
Bad Romance[88]Lady Gaga1.05November 23, 2009[P]
You Belong with Me[89]Taylor Swift0.95June 16, 2009
Sweet Child o’ Mine[90]Guns N’ Roses0.91December 24, 2009
Combined views (2009)5.70[74]
2010Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)[56]Shakira2.21June 4, 2010
Baby[91]Justin Bieber2.09February 19, 2010[Q]
Love the Way You Lie[92]Eminem1.76August 5, 2010
Rolling in the Deep[93]Adele1.53November 30, 2010
Just the Way You Are[94]Bruno Mars1.32September 8, 2010
Combined views (2010)8.91[74]
2011Party Rock Anthem[95]LMFAO1.64March 8, 2011
The Lazy Song[96]Bruno Mars1.60April 15, 2011
On the Floor[97]Jennifer Lopez1.36March 3, 2011
Someone like You[98]Adele1.34September 29, 2011
A Thousand Years[99]Christina Perri1.30October 26, 2011
Combined views (2011)7.24[74]
2012
†”Masha and the Bear – “Recipe for Disaster”[30]Get Movies3.56January 31, 2012
Gangnam Style[32]Psy3.34July 15, 2012[R]
Let Her Go[50]Passenger2.42July 25, 2012
Diamonds[100]Rihanna1.31November 8, 2012
Thrift Shop[101]Macklemore & Ryan Lewis1.30August 29, 2012
Combined views (2012)11.93[74]
2013Roar[39]Katy Perry2.81September 5, 2013
Counting Stars[42]OneRepublic2.73May 31, 2013
Wake Me Up[102]Avicii1.81July 29, 2013
Rude[103]Magic!1.64December 5, 2013
Propuesta Indecente[104]Romeo Santos1.46September 9, 2013
Combined views (2013)10.45[74]
2014Uptown Funk[31]Mark Ronson3.54November 19, 2014
Shake It Off[40]Taylor Swift2.77August 18, 2014
Thinking Out Loud[41]Ed Sheeran2.75October 7, 2014
Bailando[43]Enrique Iglesias2.72April 11, 2014
Dark Horse[45]Katy Perry2.57February 20, 2014
Combined views (2014)14.35[74]
2015See You Again[23]Wiz Khalifa4.10April 6, 2015[S]
Sorry[37]Justin Bieber3.12October 22, 2015
Sugar[38]Maroon 52.95January 14, 2015
Lean On[46]Major Lazer2.56March 22, 2015
Hello[47]Adele2.52October 22, 2015
Combined views (2015)15.25[74]
2016Baby Shark Dance[44]Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories2.71June 17, 2016
Chantaje[51]Shakira2.36November 18, 2016
Closer (Lyric video)[54]The Chainsmokers2.30July 29, 2016
This Is What You Came For[57]Calvin Harris2.21June 16, 2016
We Don’t Talk Anymore[58]Charlie Puth2.20August 2, 2016
Combined views (2016)11.78[74]
2017Despacito[17]Luis Fonsi6.17January 12, 2017[T]
Shape of You[22]Ed Sheeran4.19January 30, 2017
Mi Gente[53]J Balvin2.34June 29, 2017
Perfect[105]Ed Sheeran2.00November 9, 2017
Échame la Culpa[106]Luis Fonsi1.83November 16, 2017
Combined views (2017)16.53[74]
2018Girls Like You[60]Maroon 52.16May 31, 2018
Te Boté (Remix)[107]Flow La Movie1.80April 11, 2018
X[108]Nicky Jam1.61March 1, 2018
Sin Pijama[109]Becky G1.39April 20, 2018
Dura[110]Daddy Yankee1.35January 18, 2018
Combined views (2018)8.31[74]
2019Con Calma[111]Daddy Yankee0.75January 23, 2019
Secreto[112]Anuel AA0.57January 14, 2019
Rowdy Baby[113]Wunderbar Studios0.44January 2, 2019
7 Rings[114]Ariana Grande0.38January 18, 2019
Kill This Love[115]Blackpink0.28April 4, 2019
Combined views (2019)2.42[74]
As of April 14, 2019

Historical most-viewed videos

The following table lists the last 15 videos to become YouTube’s most-viewed video, from October 2005 to the present.  Current record (⁂)  Former record (*)  Indicates the video has since been removed from YouTube (‡)

Video nameUploaderViews*Upload dateDate achievedDays heldRef(s)Notes
Despacito[17]Luis Fonsi2,993,700,000Jan 12, 2017Aug 4, 2017637[116][U]
See You Again[23]Wiz Khalifa2,894,000,000Apr 06, 2015Jul 10, 201725[119]
Gangnam Style“⁂[32]Psy803,700,000Jul 15, 2012Nov 24, 20121,689[33][V]
Baby“*[91]Justin Bieber245,400,000Feb 19, 2010Jul 16, 2010862[121][W]
Bad Romance[88]Lady Gaga178,400,000Nov 23, 2009Apr 14, 201093[124][X]
Charlie Bit My Finger[78]HDCYT128,900,000May 22, 2007Oct 25, 2009171[127]
Evolution of Dance[71]Judson Laipply118,900,000Apr 06, 2006May 2, 2009176[128]
Girlfriend“‡[129][130]RCA Records92,600,000Feb 27, 2007Jul 17, 2008289[131]
Evolution of Dance[71]Judson Laipply78,400,000Apr 06, 2006Mar 15, 2008124[132]
Music Is My Hot Hot Sex“‡[133]CLARUSBARTEL7276,600,000Apr 09, 2007Mar 1, 200814[134][Y]
Evolution of Dance“*[71]Judson Laipply10,600,000Apr 06, 2006May 19, 2006652[137][Z]
Pokemon Theme Music Video“‡[138]Smosh4,300,000Nov 28, 2005Mar 12, 200668[139][AA]
Myspace – The Movie“‡[142][143]eggtea2,700,000Jan 31, 2006Feb 18, 200622[144]
Phony Photo Booth“‡[145]mugenized3,400,000Dec 01, 2005Jan 21, 200628[146][AB]
The Chronic of Narnia Rap“‡[147]youtubedude2,300,000Dec 18, 2005Jan 09, 200612[148]
Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold“‡*[149]Nikesoccer255,000Oct 21, 2005Oct 31, 200570[150][AC]
I/O Brush“‡*[152]larfus247,000Oct 05, 2005Oct 29, 20052[153]
As of May 3, 2019
  • The approximate number of views each video had when it became YouTube’s most-viewed video.

Timeline of most viewed videos (Oct 2005 – May 2019)

№ 1 most viewed video (Oct 2005 – Jun 2006)

№ 1 most viewed video (Apr 2006 – Jan 2010)

№ 1 most viewed video (Oct 2009 – Jan 2013)

№ 1 most viewed video (Jan 2012 – May 2019)

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