By 2015, YouTube emerged as the unassuming leader of media streaming. Leaving behind industry heavyweights like Pandora and Spotify by a wide margin. During the first half of 2015, an estimated 57% of all 135.2 billion music streams were reportedly served by YouTube. Despite its popularity, it is still blocked in China.
Take a look at the top 10 most-watched YouTube videos of all-time. The number of views on this top 10 list has all surpassed the 1 billion thresholds.
10. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris – “Baby”
1.36 billion views
Teenage girls love YouTube, apparently. Nearly six years after this video dropped, Justin Bieber, somewhat surprisingly, is an even bigger star today than he was back then. You know what I mean.
9. LadyBabyBum– “Wheels On The Bus l Plus Lots More Nursery Rhymes”
1.37 billion views
A super cute collection of nursery rhymes.
8. Katie Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
1.383 billion views
A kooky and visually stunning video, “Dark Horse” was a genre-crossing hit that received heavy radio play and quickly racked up the YouTube views. As catchy as the song is, it also boasts one of the stranger lyrics you’ll hear in any song, with Juicy J rapping: “She’s a beast, I call her Karma, she eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer.”
7. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona – “Bailando”
1.389 billion views
Mostly in Spanish but it has a steady pulsating beat make it super catchy and groovy.
6. Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off”
1.44 billion views
A fun and catchy jingle, this song was everywhere during the summer of 2014.
5. Adele – “Hello”
1.48 billion views
“Hello”. Rarely has a single word been freighted with so much meaning and emotion. From the opening piano chord and that very first hello she sounds nervous, sad, determined. As the biggest pop star of our age arrives back on the stage, there’s no dramatic ta-ra, no thunder of bells and whistles. Rather, she dares to pull the world into her private sphere.
4. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
1.56 billion views
Within a year , Uptown Funk almost gained 1.3 million views, which perhaps isn’t too surprising given its catchy tune. The song was also nominated for two Grammys.
3. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
1.58 billion views
Taylor Swift’s video for “Blank Space” hit YouTube on November 10, 2014, and became an immediate hit, mirroring the song’s commercial success on the billboard charts. The song famously covers Swift’s string of ex-boyfriends, with the twist being that Swift, in the song, purposefully takes on an exaggerated version of her media persona.
2. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
1.69 billion views
Part of the Furious 7 soundtrack, this song was written for and dedicated to actor Paul Walker. Who tragically died in a car accident in late 2013.
1. Psy- “Gangnam Style”
2.56 billion views
Originally released on July 15, 2012, “Gangnam Style” quickly became a cultural and global phenomenon, anchored by an arguably catchy tune and a ridiculously bizarre, delightful, and visually engaging K-pop video. And oh yes, did we mention it came with its own dance? Thankfully, the dance has since gone the way of the dodo, but “Gangnam Style” still holds the record for being the fastest song to ever accumulate 1 billion YouTube views, having achieved the feat in only 160 days.