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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. 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. Since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in 2009, every video that has reached the top of the "most-viewed YouTube videos" list has been a music video. Some of the previously most-viewed videos are no longer available on the site.

In November 2005, a Nike advertisement featuring Brazilian football player Ronaldinho became the first video to reach 1,000,000 views.[1] The billion-view mark was first passed by Gangnam Style in December 2012. On January 13, 2022, Pinkfong's "Baby Shark" became the first video to hit 10,000,000,000 views.[2]

Top videos

The following table lists the top 30 most-viewed videos on YouTube, with each total rounded to the nearest 10 million views, uploader, and publication date. Note that some videos may not be available worldwide due to regional restrictions in certain countries.

Top 30 most-viewed YouTube videos[3]
No. Video name Uploader Views (billions) Publication date Note
1. "Baby Shark Dance"[4] Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories 12.13 June 17, 2016 [A]
2. "Despacito"[7] Luis Fonsi 8.07 January 12, 2017 [B]
3. "Johny Johny Yes Papa"[14] LooLoo Kids 6.59 October 8, 2016 [C]
4. "Bath Song"[15] Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes 5.96 May 2, 2018 [D]
5. "Shape of You"[16] Ed Sheeran 5.89 January 30, 2017 [E]
6. "See You Again"[18] Wiz Khalifa 5.76 April 6, 2015 [F]
7. "Phonics Song with Two Words"[23] ChuChu TV 5.12 March 6, 2014 [G]
8. "Wheels on the Bus"[24] Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes 4.84 May 24, 2018
9. "Uptown Funk"[25] Mark Ronson 4.80 November 19, 2014 [H]
10. "Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm"[26] Miroshka TV 4.79 February 27, 2018 [I]
11. "Gangnam Style"[27] Psy 4.66 July 15, 2012 [J]
12. "Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster"[32] Get Movies 4.52 January 31, 2012 [K]
13. "Dame Tu Cosita"[33] El Chombo 4.21 April 5, 2018
14. "Sugar"[34] Maroon 5 3.81 January 14, 2015
15. "Roar"[35] Katy Perry 3.72 September 5, 2013
16. "Counting Stars"[36] OneRepublic 3.71 May 31, 2013
17. "Axel F"[37] Crazy Frog 3.71 June 16, 2009
18. "Sorry"[38] Justin Bieber 3.62 October 22, 2015
19. "Thinking Out Loud"[39] Ed Sheeran 3.54 October 7, 2014
20. "Baa Baa Black Sheep"[40] Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes 3.48 June 25, 2018
21. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"[41] Shakira 3.44 June 4, 2010
22. "Dark Horse"[42] Katy Perry 3.43 February 20, 2014
23. "Faded"[43] Alan Walker 3.39 December 3, 2015
24. "Let Her Go"[44] Passenger 3.37 July 25, 2012
25. "Girls Like You"[45] Maroon 5 3.36 May 31, 2018
26. "Perfect"[46] Ed Sheeran 3.35 November 9, 2017
27. "Bailando"[47] Enrique Iglesias 3.32 April 11, 2014
28. "Lean On"[48] Major Lazer 3.32 March 22, 2015
29. "Humpty the train on a fruits ride"[49] Kiddiestv Hindi – Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs 3.29 January 26, 2018
30. "Lakdi Ki Kathi"[50] Jingle Toons 3.26 June 14, 2018
As of January 17, 2023

Billion-View Club

An early metric of a video's popularity was the so-called Billion-View Club, denoting videos which had succeeded in reaching over 1 billion views since their initial upload.[51]

In December 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the first video to reach one billion views.[29] By June 2015, only "Baby" had also managed to pass this threshold, but, by October 2015, a total of ten videos had done so,[51] and the number grew further to over 200 in February 2022.[52] Considering older videos that pre-dated YouTube's creation in 2005 but were added later:

With numerous videos readily clearing one billion views by 2018, more interest has been on two and three-billion views and higher metrics. In May 2014, "Gangnam Style" became the first video to exceed two billion views.[30] "Despacito" became the first video to reach three billion views in August 2017,[8] four billion in October 2017,[9] five billion in April 2018,[10] six billion in February 2019,[11] and seven billion in October 2020.[12] "Baby Shark Dance" became the first video to reach eight billion views in February 2021, nine billion views in July 2021, and ten billion views in January 2022.[5]

As of September 2022, thirteen videos have exceeded four billion views, six of which exceed five billion views, three of which exceed six billion views, and two of which exceed seven billion views. "See You Again" became the second video to reach three billion views in August 2017,[21] followed by "Gangnam Style" in November 2017.[31] "Shape of You" became the second video to reach four billion views in January 2019,[17] followed by "See You Again" in February 2019.[22] "Baby Shark Dance" became the second video to reach five billion views in April 2020,[57] followed by "Shape of You" in October 2020. "Baby Shark Dance" became the second video to reach six billion views in July 2020, and seven billion views in October 2020.

The majority of these videos in the Billion-View Club have been commercial music videos by popular artists, but the list has included oddities, typically programs aimed at children. Such videos include two episodes of the Russian animated cartoon Masha and the Bear, a version of "The Wheels on the Bus" by the British animation studio Little Baby Bum, and "Johny Johny Yes Papa" from children's stations LooLoo Kids and ChuChu TV.[58] Various versions of the song "Baby Shark" in total amassed more than five billion views by January 2019, with the original version posted by Pinkfong having exceeded two billion views previously.[59] The original video by Pinkfong is now the most viewed video on the site. On October 29, 2020, Baby Shark surpassed 7 billion views, and on November 2, 2020, it passed Despacito to become the most viewed video on YouTube. On February 23, 2021, Baby Shark surpassed 8 billion views, becoming the first video to do so. On July 20, 2021, Baby Shark surpassed 9 billion views, becoming the first (and currently only) video to do so. On January 13, 2022, Baby Shark became the first (and currently only) video to surpass 10 billion views.[5]

On July 14, 2022, YouTube made a special playlist and video celebrating the 317 music videos to have hit 1 billion views and joined the "Billion Views Club". Neither the playlist or video mention the numerous other videos to have joined the club nor Baby Shark, the most viewed video on the entire platform, which is, technically speaking, a music video.[60][61]

Historical most-viewed videos

The following table lists the videos that became YouTube's most-viewed video, from April 2005 to the present.

  Current record (⁂)
  Former record (*)
  Indicates the video has since been removed or privatized from YouTube (‡)
Progression of the most-viewed video on YouTube
Video name Uploader Views at
achievement*
Publication date Date achieved Days after
upload
Days
held
Takedown
date
Ref Notes
"Baby Shark Dance"[4] Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories 7,046,700,000 June 17, 2016 November 2, 2020 1600 823
"Despacito"[7] Luis Fonsi 2,993,700,000 January 12, 2017 August 4, 2017 206 1,186 [62] [B]
"See You Again"[18] Wiz Khalifa 2,894,000,000 April 6, 2015 July 10, 2017 826 25 [19]
"Gangnam Style"⁂[27] Psy 803,700,000 July 15, 2012 November 24, 2012 134 1,689 [28] [J]
"Baby"*[63] Justin Bieber 245,400,000 February 19, 2010 July 16, 2010 149 862 [64] [L]
"Bad Romance"[67] Lady Gaga 178,400,000 November 24, 2009 April 14, 2010 143 93 [68] [M]
"Charlie Bit My Finger"‡[71] HDCYT 128,900,000 May 22, 2007 October 25, 2009 887 171 late July 2021[72] [73]
"Evolution of Dance"[74] Judson Laipply 118,900,000 April 6, 2006 May 2, 2009 1062 176 [75]
"Girlfriend"‡[76][77] RCA Records 92,600,000 February 27, 2007 July 17, 2008 508 289 no data [78] [N]
"Evolution of Dance"[74] Judson Laipply 78,400,000 April 6, 2006 March 15, 2008 651 124 [80]
"Music Is My Hot Hot Sex"‡[81] CLARUSBARTEL72 76,600,000 April 9, 2007 March 1, 2008 327 14 mid-2008[82] [83] [O]
"Evolution of Dance"*[74] Judson Laipply 10,600,000 April 6, 2006 May 19, 2006 16 652 [86] [P]
"Pokémon Theme Music Video"‡[87] Smosh 4,300,000 November 28, 2005 March 12, 2006 105 68 June 2007[88] [89] [Q]
"Myspace – The Movie"‡[92][93] eggtea 2,700,000 January 31, 2006 February 18, 2006 18 22 mid-2006[94] [95]
"Phony Photo Booth"‡[96] mugenized 3,400,000 December 1, 2005 January 21, 2006 50 28 no data [97] [R]
"The Chronic of Narnia Rap"‡[98] youtubedude 2,300,000 December 18, 2005 January 9, 2006 22 12 no data [99]
"Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold"‡*[100] Nikesoccer 255,000 October 21, 2005 October 31, 2005 10 70 no data [101] [S]
"I/O Brush"‡*[103] larfus 247,000 October 5, 2005 October 29, 2005 24 2 no data [104]
"Me at the zoo"[105] jawed 1 April 23, 2005 April 23, 2005 0 189 [106]
As of February 3, 2023

* The approximate number of views each video had when it became YouTube's most-viewed video.

Timeline of most viewed videos (Oct 2005 – Jun 2022)
Baby Shark#Pinkfong versionDespacito#Music videoSee You Again#Music videoGangnam Style (music video)Baby (Justin Bieber song)Bad RomanceCharlie Bit My FingerGirlfriend (Avril Lavigne song)#Music videoMusic Is My Hot Hot SexJudson Laipply#Evolution of DanceSmosh#2002–2006: Formation and lip sync videosThe MySpace MovieList of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno sketchesLazy Sunday (The Lonely Island song)RonaldinhoDigital painting

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

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

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

No. 1 most viewed video (Jan 2012 – Jun 2022)

Other milestones

YouTube announced that cumulative views of videos related to Minecraft, some of which had been on the service as early as 2009, exceeded 1 trillion views on December 14, 2021, and was the most-watched video game content on the site.[107]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Baby Shark Dance" was the fifth video to reach 4 billion views on November 25, 2019; second video to reach 5 billion views on April 3, 2020; second video to reach 6 billion views on July 16, 2020; second video to reach 7 billion views on October 29, 2020; first video to reach 8 billion views on February 23, 2021; the first video to reach 9 billion views on July 20, 2021; first video to reach 10 billion views on January 13, 2022;[5] and the first video to reach 11 billion views on July 24, 2022. It surpassed "Despacito" on November 1, 2020 to become the most-viewed video of all time.[6]
  2. ^ a b "Despacito" was the first video to reach 3 billion views on August 4, 2017;[8] first video to reach 4 billion views on October 11, 2017;[9] first video to reach 5 billion views on April 5, 2018;[10] first video to reach 6 billion views on February 24, 2019;[11] first video to reach 7 billion views on October 10, 2020;[12] second video to reach 8 billion views on November 6, 2022.[13] YouTube's most liked video with over 46 million likes as of November 2021.
  3. ^ "Johny Johny Yes Papa" was the sixth video to reach 4 billion views on October 12, 2020; the fifth video to reach 5 billion views on March 19, 2021; and the third video to reach 6 billion views on December 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bath Song" by Cocomelon is the tenth video to reach 4 billion views on May 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "Shape of You" was the second video to reach 4 billion views on January 7, 2019;[17] third video to reach 5 billion views on October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "See You Again" surpassed "Gangnam Style" as the most viewed video on July 10, 2017;[19] second video to reach 2 billion views on September 3, 2016;[20] second video to reach 3 billion views on August 6, 2017;[21] third video to reach 4 billion views on February 7, 2019; fourth video to reach 5 billion views on March 9, 2021;[22] and the second most liked video with over 36 million likes as of November 2021.
  7. ^ "Phonics Song with Two Words" is the eleventh video to reach 4 billion views on July 19, 2021.
  8. ^ "Uptown Funk" was the seventh video to reach 4 billion views on November 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm" is the ninth video to reach 4 billion views on May 4-6, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Gangnam Style" surpassed "Baby" as the most viewed video on November 24, 2012;[28] first video to reach 1 billion views on December 21, 2012;[29] first video to reach 2 billion views on May 30, 2014;[30] third video to reach 3 billion views on November 25, 2017; eighth video to reach 4 billion views on March 4, 2021.[31]
  11. ^ "Recipe for Disaster" was the fourth video to reach 4 billion views on July 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Baby" became to first video to reach 500 million views on March 28, 2011.[65][66]
  13. ^ "Bad Romance" became the first video to reach 200 million views on May 9, 2010.[69][70]
  14. ^ Approximately ten million views per month as of 2007.[79]
  15. ^ "Music is My Hot Hot Sex" became the first video to reach 100 million views on March 11, 2008.[84] The uploader then deleted the video four days later, and "Evolution of Dance" regained its status as the most-viewed video.[85]
  16. ^ "Evolution of Dance" became the first video to reach 20 million views on June 5, 2006 and the first video to reach 50 million views on June 7, 2007, and received approximately five million views per month.[84] It is the only video on this list to hold the No. 1 spot on more than one occasion.
  17. ^ "Pokémon Theme Music Video" became the first video to reach 10 million views on May 6, 2006.[90] It was removed from YouTube in June 2007 for copyright infringement.[91]
  18. ^ "Phony Photo Booth" became the first video to reach 5 million views on February 8, 2006.[90] It was removed from YouTube on February 18, 2006 for copyright infringement.
  19. ^ "Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold" became the first video to reach 500,000 views on November 3, 2005;[102][90] first video to reach 2 million views on December 12, 2005.[90]

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