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Published May 4th 2021

The 20 Most Viewed YouTube Videos

Here are the most viewed videos on YouTube of all time, from music videos to viral hits.

From humble beginnings, YouTube now boasts billions of users, videos on every topic imaginable, and a slew of careers that took their first steps on the platform.

It is now a media giant in its own right, and if a video goes viral, there’s a big chance you watched it on YouTube.

In its near 16 years of existence many different videos have held the coveted “most viewed” title, but which ones currently hold the crown?

Below we’ve listed the 20 most watched YouTube videos on the platform so you can find out.

20. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (3.05bn views)

Not only the most influential person on Twitter, Taylor Swift also takes a spot in this list with her video for “Shake It Off”.

19. “Faded” by Alan Walker (3.05bn views)

A bit of a step change style-wise from the previous video, next we have Alan Walker’s 2015 hit “Faded”.

18. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry (3.05bn views)

Next it's the music video for Katy Perry's 2014 track "Dark Horse".

17. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran (3.24bn views)

Now it’s Ed Sheeran’s turn, with his “Thinking Out Loud” video racking up a huge amount of views over the years.

16. “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic (3.27bn views)

In case you were wondering, yes, most of these are going to be music videos. Next it’s this 2013 video from OneRepublic.

15. “Dame Tu Cosita” by El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks (3.28bn views)

This strange and short video is up next. Depicting an alien-type creature dancing to “Dame Tu Cosita” by El Chombo, you would never guess it has over 3 billion views.

14. “Roar” by Katy Perry (3.34bn views)

Along with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry is the only other female musician to make this list.

13. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber (3.43bn views)

Justin Bieber was literally discovered on YouTube, so it’s perfectly natural for him to make the list. While his 2010 track “Baby” was itself a huge hit on YouTube way back when, his more recent track “Sorry” has vastly surpassed it.

12. “Sugar” by Maroon 5 (3.45bn views)

Next up we have Maroon 5, the only band to make it into the top 20.

11. “Phonics Song with Two Words” by ChuChu TV (3.78bn views)

We’ve reached our first non-music video on the list. This time it’s an educational one aimed at kids (and this is by no means the last one). In this video, the song is used to help children understand words and the alphabet.

10. “Bath Song” by Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes (3.95bn views)

Here’s another video aimed at children. This one is simply a kids song about taking a bath, with accompanying animation. We suppose this technically makes it a music video. Watch out Taylor and Bieber.

9. “Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm” by Miroshka TV (3.97bn views)

Next up is another educational video for kids. This it’s an animation that uses anthropomorphised eggs to teach them about colours. Not terrifying at all.

8. “Gangnam Style” by Psy (4.05bn views)

The archetype of viral YouTube videos, and one of the oldest ones on this list, it’s the K-pop megastar Psy with “Gangnam Style”.

While it’s been usurped since, it spent 1,689 days as the most viewed video on YouTube. No one else has yet come close to that recored.

7. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars (4.16bn views)

Although from 2017, it’s one of the newer videos on this list. Here we have Mark Ronson, with his global hit “Uptown Funk”.

6. “Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster” by Get Movies (4.43bn views)

Now we have some kids entertainment again. This Russian video is from the Masha and the Bear series, all about a fatherly bear who looks after said Masha.

5. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa, featuring Charlie Puth (5.08bn views)

It’s back to music videos for the final stretch now, with Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”. Have a watch to transport yourself back to 2015.

4. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids (5.24bn views)

An animation set to an old nursery rhyme, this video also went viral after it was endlessly memed on Twitter due to it’s slightly surreal and bizarre nature.

3. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (5.29bn views)

Ed Sheeran make the list again, making him the only person to have two videos in the top 20 most viewed YouTube videos. Impressive stuff.

2. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee (7.32bn views)

This huge track once held the top spot for 1,186 days, and has likely been put on millions upon millions of parties since it was uploaded.

1. “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories (8.44bn views)

We reach our journey’s end, and what else could it be, but a music video and a video for children? The combo that generates views with ease.

You’ve probably already heard this incredibly catchy song, since it went viral around the world a few years ago. It’s continued to rack up the views since.

Be warned, watching this video will have the song stuck in your head for at least 72 hours.

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