This is the list of the top 20 most viewed music videos on YouTube in the world. We included video name, video views, channel name, artist and many others.
Different person has different music taste, some people love romantic music and some like classical, some people like pop music and some are reggae, some people like hard rock and some are crazy about metal, some people listen to Blues Music and some are Jazz Music.
According to Nielsen Music shows, 90 percent of the population listens to music and on average, they do so 32.1 hours a week. There are so many music and video streaming platforms on the internet but today we’re gonna talk about YouTube (Most Viewed Videos on YouTube Ever).
What is YouTube?
YouTube is an American online video sharing and social media platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. It was created by three founders Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley on February 14, 2005, with the first video “Me at the Zoo” being uploaded on 23 April 2005. And now youtube is owned by the world’s biggest search engine company Google.
Since then, 2 billion people have set up YouTube accounts and people watch more than 5 billion videos each day. People upload 300 hours of video to the site every minute.
As you can see there are billions of people who watched billions of videos every day. There are limited visitors who watched music videos, around 11% of visitors watched music-related content but you will be amazed to know this the most-viewed YouTube video of all time is the music video.
This post looks at the 20 most viewed videos on YouTube ever. They are all amazing multi-talented and versatile artists who are known all over the world. Let’s Dive In!
List of Most Viewed Music Videos on YouTube of All Time:
Perfect is one of the most popular romantic love songs sung by an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor Edward Christopher Sheeran known as Ed Sheeran. The song has 3.14 billion views on Youtube which is published on 9 November 2017 via his own official Youtube channel “Ed Sheeran.”
The song is written by Jason Koenig, Ed Sheeran, Jenny Koenig, Andrew Kolvet, and Murray Cummings. The music video is beautifully directed by Jason Koenig featuring Ed Sheeran & Zoey Deutch while produced by Honna Kimmerer.
- Shake It Off
“Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth album, 1989 (2014). The song was published on August 19, 2014, which is 3.16 billion times watched on Youtube.
The song “Shake It Off” was written by Swift, Martin, and Shellback while produced by Martin and Shellback.
- Lean On
‘Lean On‘ comes from Major Lazer’s third album. “Peace is the Mission.” Major Lazer is a Jamaican-American electronic dance music trio, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. It was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch.
‘Lean On’ has performed by Major Lazer featuring a French-born, Algerian DJ and record producer from Paris, France William Sami Étienne Grigahcine, better known by his stage name DJ Snake, and Danish singer, songwriter, and record producer Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known professionally as MØ.
The music video was directed by Tim Erem while produced by Per Welén. ‘Lean On’ music video is filmed in India with an Indian dance crew which is choreographed by Paresh Shirodkar. It shows a sequence of Major Lazer, MØ, and DJ Snake performing dance sequences.
The video was published on March 23, 2015, and 3.19 billion times watched on YouTube.
“Bailando” (English: “Dancing”) is a song by a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler who is known as the King of Latin Pop
The song is from his tenth studio album Sex and Love (2014). The original Spanish version features the Cuban artists Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona.
“Bailando” is published on April 11, 2014, which has crossed 3.1 billion views on YouTube. Also, Enrique Iglesias recreate (English Version) on June 13 2014 featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, and Gente De Zona which is more than 391 million times watched on YouTube.
- Let Her Go
‘Let Her Go‘ is a beautiful song performed by an English singer-songwriter and musician Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger.
‘Let Her Go’ from the album ‘All the Little Lights’ was published on July 26, 2012, via the official YouTube channel ‘Passenger’ which is 3.21 billion times watched on YouTube.
- Dark Horse
At the list of 14, we have ‘Dark Horse‘ which has published on February 21, 2014, and 3.26 billion times watched on YouTube.
Dark Horse is sung by an American singer, songwriter, and television judge Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, featuring an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and record executive from Memphis, Tennessee Juicy J.
“Dark Horse” is from Katy Perry’s ‘PRISM’ which is written by Katy Perry, Max Martin, Juicy J, Łukasz Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, & Cirkut.
The music video is beautifully directed by Matthew Cullen and produced by Dawn Rose, Danny Lockwood, Javier Jimenez, and Derek Johnson.
“Faded” is the most popular happy yet emotional song sung by Norwegian singer and songwriter Iselin Solheim while produced by a British-Norwegian DJ and record producer Alan Olav Walker known professionally as Alan Walker. The single was originally set to be released on 25 November 2015 but was postponed to 3 December 2015.
“Faded”, which received platinum certifications in 14 countries. In 2019, he was ranked 27th on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list 2019. The song has 3.27 billion views on YouTube.
- Girls Like You
Another of the most viewed videos on YouTube is ‘Girls Like You‘ which has sung by Maroon 5 featuring an American rapper, songwriter, television personality, and actress Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B.
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist PJ Morton, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar.
‘Girls Like You’ music video has published on May 13 2018 which has 3.28 billion times watched on YouTube.
- Axel F
“Axel F” is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performed by Harold Faltermeyer. It was an international number one hit in 1985.
The title comes from the main character’s name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy). It is composed in the key of F minor.
The song was published on 17 June 2009 via the YouTube channel “Crazy Frog”, which has more than 3.32 billion views.
- Thinking Out Loud
“Thinking Out Loud” song is recorded by an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor Edward Christopher Sheeran MBE professionally known as Ed Sheeran, recorded for his second studio album, × (2014).
‘Thinking Out Loud’ was written by Sheeran and Amy Wadge, and produced by frequent collaborator Jake Gosling. The song has published on October 7 2014 which was 3.44 billion times watched on YouTube.
In the UK, the song spent 19 weeks peaking at number one within the top 40, in early November 2014; it became the second number-one single there.
Also reached the top spot in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and South Africa, and peaked at number two on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100.
Another most viewed music video on YouTube is “Sorry.” Sorry is a song recorded by a Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015).
The song is written by Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Skrillex, and BloodPop while produced by the latter two. It was released on October 22, 2015, and crossed 3.54 billion views on YouTube.
The song ‘Sorry’ 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. Also, the song became one of the best-selling digital music releases with over 10 million in sales in 2016 alone.
- Counting Stars
Here is the list of the top 10 most viewed videos on YouTube is “Counting Stars.” The song is performed by American pop rock band OneRepublic from their third studio album, Native (2013). It consists of lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tedder, guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher, and keyboardist Brian Willett.
“Counting Stars” was written by lead singer Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. The song is published on May 31 2013 which crossed 3.56 billion views on YouTube.
The song has been one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching number one in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, number two in the United States, and the top ten in 20 countries. It has sold over 1 million copies in the United Kingdom.
“Roar” is a song by American singer Katy Perry for her fourth studio album, Prism (2013). It was released as the lead single from the record on August 10, 2013, which has 3.56 billion times watched on YouTube.
The song is written by Katy Perry and Bonnie McKee while its producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut.
The song was a commercial success, topping charts in 12 countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By the end of 2013, “Roar” had sold over 9.9 million units (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) globally.
“Sugar” is a song performed by American band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album V (2014). It was published on January 14, 2015, and the music video for “Roar” reached 3.68 billion views on YouTube.
The music video was directed by film director David Dobkin while the song was written by Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut.
The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s third top 10 single from V, and eighth consecutive top 10 entry. “Sugar” is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.
- Dame Tu Cosita
We all know that ‘Dame Tu Cosita’ is one of the most viral and popular songs all over the world. The song is published on august 30 2018 via the youtube channel “Ultra Music.”
The song is performed by Panamanian reggaeton artist and producer Rodney Sebastian Clark Donalds, known for his hit song “Chacarron Macarron” under the stage name El Chombo featuring Cutty Ranks.
The music video is beautifully directed by Sihem OUILLANI and animated by ArtNoux. The music video has been 3.92 billion times watched on YouTube and is available on different music streaming platforms.
- Gangnam Style
“Gangnam Style” is one of the most viral, popular, and most liked songs performed by a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer Park Jae-sang, known professionally as Psy as the lead single of his sixth studio album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1.
The video was premiered on July 15, 2012, and was later made available to download digitally on October 19. 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, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
In September 2012, “Gangnam Style” was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video on YouTube at the time. On 21 December 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. And now the music video crossed 4.40 billion views on YouTube.
- Uptown Funk
“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. The video was published on November 19, 2014, and has 4.54 billion views on YouTube.
The song “Uptown Funk” is a funk-pop, soul, boogie, disco-pop, and Minneapolis soundtrack. It has a spirit akin to the 1980s-era funk music. It was written by Ronson, Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Jeff Bhasker while produced by Ronson, Mars, and Bhasker.
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.
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.
- See You Again
Our top 3 most viewed music videos on Youtube is “See You Again.” The song is recorded by an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, featuring an American singer, songwriter, and record producer Charles Otto Puth Jr. better known as Charlie Puth.
The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to Hollywood actor Paul Walker, who died in an 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, and on April 7, 2015, it was also released on YouTube via “Wiz Khalifa” YouTube channel. The song is now 5.48 billion times watched on Youtube.
“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 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.
“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.
- Shape of You
“Shape of You” is a song sung by English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor Edward Christopher Sheeran MBE professionally known as Ed Sheeran featuring Los Angeles-based actress, dancer, and model Jennie Pegouskie.
It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017). On January 30 2017 released on YouTube and now the song is 5.69 billion times watched on YouTube.
The song was written by Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Johnny McDaid, Kandi Burruss, Ed Sheeran, and Steve Mac while produced by Sheeran and Mac. The music video is beautifully directed by Jason Koenig and producer by Honna Kimmerer.
“Shape of You” peaked at number one on the singles charts of 34 countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada. On 10 December 2018, the song became the first song to hit 2 billion streams and the most streamed song on the world’s most popular music streaming platform Spotify.
“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 additional 14.9 million copies and made a second appearance in the Billboard year-end chart, at No. 71.
“Despacito” is a Spanish song performed by American singer from Puerto Rico, and a songwriter and actor Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, known by his stage name Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known professionally as Daddy Yankee from Fonsi’s 2019 studio album Vida.
The song was released on January 12, 2017, while the song was written by Fonsi, Erika Ender, and Daddy Yankee, and produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres.
A remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the song’s chart performance in numerous countries, including various number-one positions.
The song topped the charts of 47 countries and reached the top 10 of six others. It is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time since August 2017. It became the first video on the site to reach the milestones of three, four, five, six billion views and now the music video has 7.82 billion views on YouTube. We hope it will definitely be the first video with 7 billion views.
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Some Related Questions and Answer About Most Viewed Music Videos on YouTube:
Here are the top 10 most viewed videos on YouTube?
2. Shape of You
3. See You Again
4. Uptown Funk
5. Gangnam Style
6. Dame Tu Cosita
10. Counting Stars
Here are the top 5 most viewed videos on YouTube?
2. Baby Shark Dance
3. Shape of You
4. See You Again
5. Masha and the Bear
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