YouTube has become a terrific platform for people to check out what's trending around the world with these particular videos amassing millions and even billions of views. It's no surprise that many of these videos racking up all these views are music videos from big named celebs like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, but they are being challenged by several children's videos that continue to grow on YouTube views every day.
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It's crazy to think that one single video has more than two billion views on YouTube and has been watched by people from all over the globe. What's even more insane is that there are videos on YouTube that have almost reached close to 8 billion views, and these numbers could keep on growing.
These 10 music videos below have seen over 2 billion views on YouTube and they consist of music videos by celebrities and even a famous and bizarre children's video that's taken the top spot.
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10 "Shake It Off" By Taylor Swift (2.99 Billion Views)
"Shake It Off" was the lead single off of Taylor Swift's fifth record titled1989,and transitioned the singer from country to pop. It became Swift's first pop album and she went on to win for Album of the Year and Best Vocal Pop Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.
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The song became popular, and it was followed up by "Blank Space," which won its very own award for Best Pop Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. However, when it came to YouTube views, none of her music videos has gotten as many views as "Shake It Off," which has amassed close to 3 billion views on YouTube, making it the fastest video by a female artist to reach such numbers of the video streaming service.
9 "Counting Stars" By One Republic (3.13 Billion Views)
"Counting Stars" came off One Republic's third studio album titledNative and was written by the band's lead singer Ryan Tedder. Of all the band's songs, it is by far their most successful and one of the most-watched music videos by the band on YouTube.
The music video was released in 2013 and shows One Republic performing on the ground floor of a building beneath a small church congregation on the upper floor, which eventually sees the floor breaking and the congregation finding the band performing below. The music video has reached over three billion views on YouTube and will only keep growing.
8 "Sugar" By Maroon 5 (3.34 Billion Views)
"Sugar" was released off of Maroon 5's fifth studio album titledV,and its music video was inspired by the 2005 filmWedding Crashers.The video shows the band crashing real weddings in Los Angeles and the newlyweds are in shock when they see Adam Levine and the band start performing their latest hit.
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The song and its accompanying music video were a major success. It was nominated for a Grammy and MTV MTV Video Music Award, and its music video racked up 3.3 billion views on YouTube. It is the group's most viewed music video to date.
7 "Sorry" By Justin Bieber (3.37 Billion Views)
The music video for Justin Bieber's massive hit "Sorry" featured dancers from New Zealand's ReQuest Dance Crew and The Royal Family dance crew. While every fan of Justin's may have interpreted the song as an apology to his ex Selena Gomez, it was never really revealed if the track was about their highly publicized breakup.
The song was released in 2015 and has reached a whopping 3.3 billion views on YouTube and became the seventh-fastest video to reach three billion views. The song also has an accompanying lyric video that features a girl who goes through a day in her life, with the song's words popping up in random places in and outside her home.
6 "Gangnam Style" By Psy (3.88 Billion Views)
One of the most overly played songs of 2012 was "Gangnam Style" by South Korean singer Psy. It was the lead single off of Psy's sixth studio album,Psy 6 (Six Rules),and went on to become one of the catchiest songs ever created.
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By the end of the year, the song topped music charts in over 30 countries, including the U.S., Australia, and Canada. Its music video was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video on YouTube at the time of its release and today has a total of 3. 8 billion views on the video streaming service. It was also the very first video on YouTube to receive one billion views.
5 "Uptown Funk" By Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars (4.03 Billion Views)
No one could get "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars out of their heads when it was released in 2014. According to Polygon, the song broke the recordfor most streamed track in the U.S., U.K., and worldwide in one week.
The song won many awards, winning Record of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards, and was in many commercials including Skippy peanut butter and L'Oreal's Garnier line. "Uptown Funk" was even the soundtrack for the showGlee.The song's music video was a hit also, with a total of over 4 billion views on YouTube as of today.
4 "See You Again" By Wiz Khalifa Ft. Charlie Puth (4.85 Billion Views)
Wiz Khalifa's song "See You Again," which featured Charlie Puth was part of the 2015 movie Furious 7soundtrackas atribute to the late Paul Walker, who tragically passed away in a car accident on November 30, 2013. The song became Wiz Khalifa's and Puth's biggest single ever, and its music video saw just as much success.
The music video showed clips of Walker from the firstFast & Furiousmovie to his last onFurious 7.It was a touching tribute to the late actor with 4.8 billion people watching it on YouTube."See You Again" became the best-selling song of 2015 worldwide and its music video surpassed "Gangnam Style" as the most-liked YouTube video of all time in 2017.
3 "Shape Of You" By Ed Sheeran (5.10 Billion Views)
Ed Sheeran is one of the most successful artists of our time, selling a whopping 150 million records worldwide, and out of all of his songs, nothing compares to the success of "Shape of You." The song was released in 2017, and by the next year, became the first song to hit two billion streams on Spotify. The song also went on to win Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The music video for "Shape of You" would also become a hit with over 5 billion views on YouTube. The video features Sheeran who plays a boxer who falls in love with dancer and model Jennie Pegouskie, who also stars as a boxer. Just days after it was released, it became the fastest music video to reach one billion views on the video streaming service.
2 "Despacito" By Luis Fonsi Ft. Daddy Yankee (7.09 Billion Views)
"Despacito" was released in 2017 by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and features Daddy Yankee. The song was an instant hit and topped the charts of 47 countries. It became the first Latin song to receive a diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Not only was the song a major success across the globe, it's music video, which features 2016 Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, became the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time from August 2017 to November 2020. The song's video would be beat out by a popular children's melody that most parents have heard hundreds of times!
1 "Baby Shark Dance" By Pinkfong Kids' Song & Stories (7.4 Billion Views)
"Baby Shark Dance" reigns supreme as the most-watched YouTube music video with a whopping 7.4 billion views. It is technically a music video, and it has more views than any Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, or Taylor Swift music video to date.
Parents all around the world know the song, and while it may be annoying to some, it has entertained kids since it started going viral in 2017. As of November 2020, it surpassed Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" music video and is still going strong. Hope we didn't get the song stuck in your head after this!
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