MTV’s steady and somewhat sad transformation into a channel more widely known for reality TV programming than music seemingly marked the end of the music video era. YouTube changed everything in February 2005. Not only did YouTube’s enormous popularity help revive the visual art form known as music video, but the site quickly became an extremely popular destination for people who are listening to music.
YouTube had become the unassuming king and queen of music streaming in 2015, overtaking industry heavyweights Pandora and Spotify by a significant margin. In fact, in the first half of 2015, around 57% of YouTube reportedly streamed 135.2 million music streams. YouTube has been a hub for artists to upload music and people upload videos to all kinds of content. Viewers can subscribe to TV channels and companies will post useful videos.
That being said, if you take a look at the 10 most-watched YouTube videos of all time, you probably shouldn’t be too surprised if they’re music videos or kids’ videos (mostly used by parents who need the diversion). You can go far beyond the “Billion View Club”, All videos have been available on the site since at least 2012.
Pinkfong Baby Shark – Children’s Songs and Stories – “Baby Shark Dance” – 10.07 Billion Views
The undisputed king of children’s songs is also the most watched YouTube video by far. You’ve probably heard of it. “Baby Shark” and, if not, you probably don’t spend much time with young children. This song was uploaded on June 17, 2016. It’s an earworm that anyone who hears it will love.
Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” – 7.71 billion views
Just over five years after her debut, January 13, 2017 was her official debut date. “Despacito”Luis Fonsi, a Puerto Rican singer, knew how to leave his mark in the world. This song, which mixes reggaeton and pop, topped the charts in 47 countries. The Latin Grammy awarded him Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The 18th Latin Grammys also presented the video with the Best Short Form award.
LooLoo Kids – “Johny Johny Yes Daddy” – 6.12 billion views
Another kid’s song is “Johny Johny Yes Papa”. She debuted on October 8, 2016 and is now available in anime form. It’s a cartoon video about a baby who is caught eating sugar by his father. It only lasts 1h40 and includes a collection of LooLoo Kids nursery rhymes.
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” – 5.59 billion views
One of the most popular songs of the 21st century. “Shape of You” reached No. 1 in 34 countries. This song won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance on January 30, 2017, the year it was released. At present, the video is second in the most watched music videos.
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again” – 5.39 billion views
Part of the Furious 7 Soundtrack. This song was written and dedicated to Paul Walker. Walker was tragically killed in a car accident in late 2013. It was uploaded to YouTube on April 6, 2015, and includes themes from the film.
Cocomelon – Rhymes – “Bath Song” – 4.90 billion views
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of Cocomelon. Cocomelon is one of the most popular YouTube channels with over 124 million subscribers. This animated video features two children at bath time. There are many nursery rhymes for parents to choose from, but this one is the most popular for Cocomelon.
Get Movies – “Masha and the Bear – A Recipe for Disaster” – 4.48 billion views
This 6:52 minute video is one of the longest countdown videos. This is an episode of a Russian animated television program. This episode is about Masha and Bear’s cooking porridge. It was uploaded to YouTube on January 31, 2012.
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” – 4.43 billion views
This video, which is probably the most popular song of the last 10 years, has been viewed over 4 billion times. Uploaded on November 19, 2014, it shows Ronson and Mars wearing more or less 1970s to 1980s style clothing walking around town and singing. At the Grammy Awards, the song was named Record of the Year.
ChuChu TV – “Phonics Song with Two Words” – 4.43 billion views
Another animated video for kids, “Phonics Song with TWo Words” YouTube uploaded the video on March 6, 2014. This animated video helps kids learn spelling and phonics. ChuChu TV is an Indian YouTube channel network that also offers a variety of videos.
Psy – “Gangnam Style” – 4.31 billion views
Originally posted: July 15, 2012. “Gangnam Style” has quickly become a cultural and global phenomenon, anchored by an arguably catchy melody and a ridiculously bizarre, delicious, and visually appealing K-pop video. Did we mention he came with his own dance? The dance is now extinct, but “Gangnam Style” video that racked up 1 billion views on YouTube was the first to do so in 160 days.