Of baby shark (do do, do-do-do-do) and CoComelon Nursery Rhymes, to Luis Fonsi and Ed Sheeran, these are the videos that keep us all, for whatever reason, coming back for more.
It’s hard to believe that YouTube has only been around since 2005. After the early days of the internet, when videos were often massive, slow-to-load files on site backends and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks like LimeWire and Kazaa (remember those?), the world’s second most visited website (after parent company Google, of course) changed the way we find, share, and even create videos forever.
Celebrities have been created and undone solely by YouTube fame, and many of the platform’s videos have become permanently etched in pop culture history, bridging borders, cultures and cultures. languages - who doesn’t remember “Charlie Bit Me” or the earworm chorus of “Gangnam Style”?
According to YouTube, the site’s more than a billion monthly users collectively watch more than a billion hours of video. each day. That’s a lot of video. And fresh out of Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark Dance,” which recently became the first video to cross the 10 billion mark, in January 2022, those 10 have the most views on the platform.
The 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time
1. “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Baby Shark – Songs and Stories for Children
Views: 10.06 billion
If you’ve made it out of the last decade without hearing that song or its hook that’s stuck in your brain at 3 a.m., we salute you. Those who have children, and even those who don’t, know Baby Shark. Do, do, do, do. The version of the song that most of us are familiar with is produced by Pinkfong, which is part of South Korean entertainment company SmartStudy. It overtook “Despacito” to become the most viewed video of 2020, four years after its original release, and on January 13, 2022, it became the first YouTube video to surpass 10 billion views, so get used to it. It will take a while. Do, do, do, do.
2. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Views: 7.7 billion
Despite its own Bieber remix, it was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s original Biebless that long held the most-viewed crown (before being dethroned by “Baby Shark Dance”). The 2017 record became a global hit and continues to be one of the biggest pop songs around. It’s safe to say that YouTube played a huge role in this success.
3. “Johny Johny Yes Daddy” by LooLoo Kids
Views: 6.1 billion
It’s getting weird now, so buckle up. “Johny Johny Yes Papa,” a song that turns the familiar “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” melody into a story of sugar drinking and family deception was intended for the meme treatment, which it got in spades in 2018 on Twitter and YouTube. An Indian YouTube channel called “Billion Surprise Toys” has gone full viral, incorporating “Gangnam Style” dance moves and references to the aforementioned “Baby Shark”. It’s been described as “disturbing” and “absurd”, and that’s all we have to say about it.
4. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Views: 5.6 billion
Hello, Ed Sheeran. Awesome. At least this one makes sense. From the singer’s 2017 album, Divide, this track is a hit wherever it’s played, and Sheeran’s understanding of social media comes as no surprise that he’s also making numbers on YouTube. Fun fact: “Thinking Out Loud” and “Perfect” also rank among the top 30 most-watched videos on YouTube, at 18th and 28th, respectively.
5. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth)
Views: 5.3 billion
fans of the Fast and Furious franchise know only too well “See You Again”, the touching track from Furious 7 and a tribute to the film’s late star, Paul Walker. Combining Charlie Puth’s piano and emotional vocals with Wiz’s rapping and reflecting on moments from the show in every verse, it’s a hit formula with a heartwarming message.
6. “Bath Song” by CoComelon Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs
Views: 4.9 billion
In more evidence that kids probably have too much internet access at a young age, “Bath Song” flips over a few tracks – namely, “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and, of course, “Baby Shark Dance” (Wash my arms doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo) — to the tune of nearly five billion views. It’s a song about hygiene, which is a great message, but there’s still some kind of weird creepiness in the valley that we just can’t ignore.
7. “Learning Colors – Colored Eggs on a Farm” by Miroshka TV
Views: 4.5 billion
Oh look: this is another scary video for kids. To the rhythm of the classic bop “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, Russian television Miroshka teaches children the six essential colors (?): black, brown, pink, white, red and blue, by means of little egg-men who split head to be filled with goo. Normal stuff. Why does the fourth egg look sinister? Anyway, next.
8. “Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster” by Get Movies
Views: 4.4 billion
Was the internet a bad idea? Perhaps! Look no further than the next entry on the list, Masha and the BEAR. And don’t take my word for it, here you can read why Russian psychologists consider the animated series among the “most harmful” to children’s minds. Fun stuff, right? Anyway, in this video, with 4.4 billion views, a hyperactive girl named Masha ruins a bunch of stuff for her fellow bear, no lessons are learned, and everything turns out fine in the end. Fingers crossed we do too.
9. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)
Views: 4.4 billion
And just like that, it’s back to the jams: it’s Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ must-have hit, “Uptown Funk”. Earworm Infections won the Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards, and more than anything, we’re happy to see it break the total madness of others. entries in this list.
10. “Phonics Song with TWO Words” by ChuChuTV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs
Views: 4.4 billion
Our old friend Psy had a great run with “Gangnam Style” (which still holds up in 2022, by the way), but it was narrowly edged out of the top ten by, yes, another kiddie video. On the plus side, this one offers at least some educational value: A for Apple, C for Cat, U for Uncle; you got the idea. Here to learn.
(Main Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images – Feature Image: Pinkfong)