List of most viewed YouTube videos

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Psy performing "Gangnam Style" at the Future Music Festival in 2013. "Gangnam Style" has been the most viewed video on YouTube since November 2012, with over 2.5 billion views as of February 2016.

This list consists of the 30 most viewed YouTube videos of all time as derived from YouTube charts.[1] Videos that YouTube suspects have had their view counts manipulated[2] are not included in this list. View counts are based on the YouTube website; many of the videos are music videos that play through YouTube's partner site, Vevo, and YouTube view counts will lag those of Vevo by a few days.[1] All but three of the videos in this list are music videos.

These videos include the "Billion View Club", a group of videos whose view counts have exceeded one billion total views each. Prior to June 2015, only two videos: "Gangnam Style" and "Baby", had achieved this milestone, but by October 2015, ten videos had done so.[3] As of February 2016, 20 videos have accumulated over one billion views each, all but two of which are music videos, with "Gangnam Style" being the only video to have accumulated over two billion views.[4] As of February 2016, the four fastest videos to enter in to the Billion View Club are "Hello" (at 88 days after its posting to YouTube), "Gangnam Style" (160 days), "See You Again" (184 days), and "Blank Space" (240 days).[3][5][6]

Top videos[edit]

The following table lists the top 30 videos on YouTube by view count, with each total rounded to the nearest million views, as well as the creator and date of publication to YouTube.

     Indicates a video that is not a music video.

Rank Video name[A] Uploader / artist Views (millions)
as of February 8, 2016
Upload date Notes
1. "Gangnam Style"[7] Psy 2,514 July 15, 2012 [B]
2. "Blank Space"[8] Taylor Swift 1,458 November 10, 2014 [C]
3. "See You Again"[9] Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 1,435 April 6, 2015 [D]
4. "Uptown Funk"[10] Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 1,354 November 19, 2014 [E]
5. "Shake It Off"[11] Taylor Swift 1,318 August 18, 2014 [F]
6. "Baby"[12] Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris 1,301 February 19, 2010 [G]
7. "Dark Horse"[13] Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 1,284 February 20, 2014 [H]
8. "Bailando"[14] Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 1,283 April 11, 2014 [I]
9. "All About That Bass"[15] Meghan Trainor 1,255 June 11, 2014 [K]
10. "Roar"[16] Katy Perry 1,253 September 5, 2013 [J]
11. "Wheels On The Bus"[17] LittleBabyBum 1,184 August 9, 2014 [L]
12. "Masha and The Bear (Episode 17)"[18] Get Movies 1,138 January 31, 2012 [O]
13. "Counting Stars"[19] OneRepublic 1,135 May 31, 2013 [M]
14. "Hello"[20] Adele 1,137 October 22, 2015 [Q]
15. "Chandelier"[21] Sia 1,128  May 6, 2014 [N]
16. "Lean On"[22] Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring 1,115 March 22, 2015 [P]
17. "Sugar"[23] Maroon 5 1,047 January 14, 2015 [S]
18. "Party Rock Anthem"[24] LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 1,027 March 8, 2011 [R]
19. "Love the Way You Lie"[25] Eminem featuring Rihanna 1,014 August 5, 2010 [T]
20. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"[26] Shakira featuring Freshlyground 1,014 June 4, 2010 [U]
21. "Love Me like You Do"[27] Ellie Goulding 961 January 22, 2015
22. "Thinking Out Loud"[28] Ed Sheeran 959 October 7, 2014
23. "Gentleman"[29] Psy 929 April 13, 2013 [V]
24. "On the Floor"[30] Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 904 March 3, 2011
25. "Propuesta Indecente"[31] Romeo Santos 891 September 9, 2013
26. "Let Her Go"[32] Passenger 886 July 25, 2012
27. "Wake Me Up"[33] Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 857 July 29, 2013
28. "Thrift Shop"[34] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 849 August 29, 2012
29. "Rolling in the Deep"[35] Adele 838 November 30, 2010
30. "Charlie bit my finger – again !"[36] HDCYT 835 May 22, 2007 [W]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A Some videos may not be available worldwide due to YouTube regional restrictions in certain countries.
B "Gangnam Style" surpassed "Baby" in November 2012;[37] first video to reach 1 billion views on December 21, 2012;[38] first video to reach 2 billion views on May 30, 2014.[39]
C "Blank Space" became the fourth video to reach 1 billion views on July 7, 2015, and the first solo female artist.[40][41]
D "See You Again" became the tenth video to reach 1 billion views on October 7, 2015.[42]
E "Uptown Funk" became the ninth video to reach 1 billion views on September 15, 2015.[43][44]
F "Shake It Off" became the seventh video to reach 1 billion views on August 23, 2015;[45][46] "Shake It Off" surpassed "Baby" in January 2016.
G "Baby" surpassed the previously top-ranked "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga in July 2010;[47] second video to reach 1 billion views on March 4, 2014.[48]
H "Dark Horse" became the third video to reach 1 billion views on June 22, 2015, and the first featuring a female recording artist.[49][50]
I "Bailando" became the sixth video to reach 1 billion views on August 15, 2015. It also became the second non-English music video to reach the 1 billion view mark.[51][52]
J "Roar" became the fifth video to reach 1 billion views on July 22, 2015.[53][54]
K "All About That Bass" became the eighth video to reach 1 billion views on August 31, 2015.[55][56]
L "Wheels On The Bus" became the twelfth video, and the first non-music video, to reach 1 billion views on November 19, 2015.[57]
M "Counting Stars" became the eleventh video to reach 1 billion views on November 2, 2015.[58][59]
N "Chandelier" became the thirteenth video to reach 1 billion views on November 25, 2015.[60][61]
O "Masha and The Bear (Episode 17)" became the fourteenth video, and the second non-music video, to reach 1 billion views on December 15, 2015.[62]
P "Lean On" became the sixteenth video to reach 1 billion views on January 8, 2016.[63][64]
Q "Party Rock Anthem" became the fifteenth video to reach 1 billion views on December 29, 2015.[65]
R "Hello" became the eighteenth video to reach 1 billion views on January 19, 2016. It reached it in the quickest time - 88 days.[66]
S "Love the Way You Lie" became the seventeenth video to reach 1 billion views on January 17, 2016.[67]
T "Sugar" became the nineteenth video to reach 1 billion views on January 19, 2016.
U "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" is the official 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem. It became the twentieth video to reach 1 billion views on January 24, 2016.[68]
V "Gentleman" is the most viewed video in a single day (38 million views on April 14, 2013).[69]
W "Charlie bit my finger – again !" is a non-music viral video; it surpassed "Evolution of Dance" to become the most viewed video in October 2009.[70]

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