Currently – unlike its first couple of years – children’s content and, above all, music videos are among the most sought after things on YouTube.
We all have something to search for at least once a day on this popular platform, but do you know which are the 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time?
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1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee (6.93 billion)
For a site run by an American company and dominated by English content, seeing that the most popular YouTube video of all time is sung almost entirely in the world could be a surprise.
Featuring Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Despacito hit YouTube in January 2017 and amassed more than 1 billion views in just 97 days, making it the second-fastest in history.
Then it would become the fastest to reach two billion and the first to exceed four, five, and now six billion views.
2. Baby Shark Dance | Sing and Dance! | @Baby Shark Official | PINKFONG Songs for Children (6.32 billion)
Sometimes a song becomes famous only because it is catchy. We saw it with Barney in his early days, so it’s no surprise that the same thing happened with a child’s song about a family of sharks. Baby Shark Dance, produced by Korean pop maker Pinkfong, is not a complicated song.
It has sharks, repetition, and a considerable amount of existential fear. That’s it. However, he has skyrocketed to become the newest member on this list and inspire countless variations on YouTube. Let’s be honest.
If reaching for Baby Shark and touching it 12 times in a row is the only way to calm your child, many parents will do just that. Just hope Baby Shark’s meteoric rise continues.
3. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video] (4.94 billion)
One could argue that Ed Sheeran’s most famous hit on YouTube has an additional 800 million views, as the video with the lyrics is immensely popular on its own.
Regardless of this, there is no denying that Shape of You is one of the most viewed videos of all time. It holds the record for the third fastest video to reach one billion views and is the second-fastest to reach two billion and three billion.
Although See you Again almost reaches it, Shape of You is much more modern. She had all of her view count wins in just two years, having debuted in January 2017.
4. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack (4.69 billion)
The first video on the list that is promoted to a movie, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, has been viewed more than four billion times since its debut in April 2015.
Released to help promote the film Furious 7 (from The Fast and the Furious franchise ), also served as a tribute to the show’s late star, Paul Walker.
The video for the song was temporarily the most viewed video on YouTube, between July 10 and August 4, 2017, dethroning Gangnam Style. In turn, this was overshadowed by Despacito.
It was also the video with the most likes between August 16, 2016, and July 25, 2017. It was the second to surpass the two billion views mark and is one of only three that more than four thousand have been viewed. Million times.
5. Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster (4.32 billion)
The only one on the list that is not a music video, and the only one of three not entirely in English, is an episode of the Russian children’s cartoon Masha and the Bear.
The show is wildly popular outside of the country, and many of its episodes have garnered massive YouTube views. It is also available on Netflix and NBCUniversal.
The episode Recipe for Disaster is striking for its astronomical number of views. It’s part of a sacred club of just seven videos that have surpassed three billion views and is the most popular non-music video of all time on the site.
6. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars (3.92 billion)
Despite being older than the first three videos on this list, Uptown Funk still attracts new viewers. Its YouTube debut was in November 2014, and it quickly became one of the most popular and liked.
Something that might be as impressive as his view count is the caliber of the competition he defeated: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry. Uptown Funk continues to outshine them all, coming close to becoming the fourth video to hit four billion clicks.
7. PSY – Gangnam Style (3.75 billion)
A true icon in YouTube history, Psy’s Gangnam Style was the first to be viewed over a billion times. Something even more surprised at the time was that it did so less than six months after its release (from July to December 2012).
It would move on to become the first video to hit two billion in May 2014. It wasn’t until 2015 that a competitor even came close.
Although currently more than 100 videos have been viewed more than a billion times, Gangnam Style remains one of the most popular of all time almost seven years after its release.
8. LooLoo Kids – Johny Johny Yes Papa – THE BEST Song for Children (3.72 billion)
Another video for children made it into the top ten most viewed videos on YouTube. Johny Johny Yes Papa is a short, animated musical about a naughty baby and his dad. It’s a simple song about a baby trying to eat sugar cubes, even though his dad disapproves of it.
Does the child get sugar? You will have to watch the video to the end to find out. The song is not annoying, which is reasonable, considering it has been seen/heard over 3 billion times.
9. Learn the colors – Colorful eggs on the farm – Miroshka TV (3.64 billion)
Children’s entertainment is slowly taking over the ranking of the most-watched videos on YouTube, which is not surprising. If children watch the screens for much of the day, it makes sense that the chosen programming is free and educational access.
Learning Colors Multi-Colored Eggs on the Farm is no exception. It is an educational video for children with over 3 billion views since it was uploaded. In five minutes, teach children about different colors through eggs from a farm.
The video is narrated in Russian and teaches children the names of different colors in Russian. The only parts of the video that are not in Russian are the Old MacDonald Had a Farm song in English and the subtitles. The video is a bit slow-paced but has funny moments.
10. Justin Bieber – Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement) (3.32 billion)
Despite being his most popular video on YouTube for a long time, with over three billion views, Sorry was just the 22nd record to hit the 1 billion mark. However, she quickly proved her quality by becoming one of the fastest to reach the two billion mark and then three without much trouble.