Video sharing website YouTube is one of the most popular ways to listen to music and watch clips online. Created in 2005 by former PayPal employees, the site was bought by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006. The first video to reach 1 billion views online was Gangnam Style back in 2012. Since then, dozens of videos have surpassed a billion views, and a handful have hit the two billion mark.
Top 10 most watched YouTube videos of all the time
Just making it into the top 10 is Taylor Swift’s second single from the 1989 album, “Blank Space”. Released in 2014, the video has been watched more than 2.2 billion times. Described by PopMatters as “likely the best of Swift’s career”, the song peaked at number four in the UK Singles Chart, where it stayed for two weeks.
Watched almost 2.3 billion times, Katy Perry’s “Roar” was released on her fourth album, Prism, back in 2013.
Coming in at number eight on the list is Maroon 5’s “Sugar“, which has been watched 2.4 billion times since it was released in January 2015.
The Spanish version of Enrique Iglesias’ 2014 hit “Bailando” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona has had almost 2.4 billion views to date.
Taylor’s second video in the top 10 list of the most watched YouTube posts of all time is “Shake it off”, released in August 2014, which has nearly 2.4 billion views.
The official video for “Uptown funk” featuring Bruno Mars has nearly 2.8 billion views. Released in November 2014, the song won three Grammy awards. It hit a record 2.34 million listens in a week in the UK when it was released in January, before spending seven weeks as number one in the Singles Chart.
YouTube star Justin Bieber replaced himself in the top 10 most watched videos when “Sorry” moved up and “Baby” moved out. The 2015 track has watched views around 2.8 billion on YouTube. While “Baby”, the track that is to thank for Bieber’s fame, languishes with less than 1.7 billion views.
Cult classic “Gangnam Style” took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. The South Korean K-pop single was the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. Since then, it has now rocketed to 3 billion watches. The song topped the charts in more than 30 countries and even then-Prime Minister. David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have done bopping with its iconic moves.
“See you again” featuring Charlie Puth outstripped “Gangnam Style” to become the most watched video in July 2017. But it only held the top spot for a few weeks before it was also overtaken. The song, which was commissioned for the soundtrack to Furious 7, has racked up nearly 3.2 billion views since. It was publish at the beginning of April 2015. It is a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013.
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee has rocketed past the competition since its release at the beginning of 2017 to become the most watched YouTube video of all time. The Spanish-language track views og Youtube has 4.5 Billions. Quickly outstripping Wiz Kalifa, Psy, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.
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