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14 Most Viewed YouTube Videos

By Editorial Staff

YouTube started in 2005 and is now one of the most popular social media platforms across all ages and interests. You can find everything from the linguistic history of Latin to a Clueless fashion analysis and vine compilations. But what makes a viral video? Let’s look at the top 14 most viewed YouTube videos of all time and see how these hits have endured the test of time.

14. Counting Stars (Official Music Video)

  • Channel: One Republic
  • 3.1 billion views

This video was the first music video by a group to reach over a billion views in history! It’s another one of those songs you just can’t stop listening to.

13. Thinking Out Loud (Official Music Video)

  • Channel: Ed Sheeran
  • 3.1 billion views

This is Ed Sheeran’s second song on this list! Ed Sheeran has the voice of an angel and people can’t get enough.

12. Roar (Official)

  • Channel: Katy Perry
  • 3.2 billion views

Katy Perry’s “Roar” was a battle cry that was a voice for all those who felt unheard and unseen. This video was empowering to men, women, and children alike.

11. Sugar (Official Music Video)

  • Channel: Maroon5
  • 3.3 billion views

In this video Maroon 5 captured raw emotions from people all across America, they crashed 5 weddings and made dreams come true. It has been 5 years since this song was released and it is still among the ​most viewed YouTube videos​ of all time!

10. Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)

  • Channel: Justin Bieber
  • 3.3 billion views

Being one of the first stars found on YouTube, Justin Bieber is the perfect example of what YouTube embodies. This was intended to just be a lyric video, but ended up being one of the most viewed YouTube videos​ of all time!

9. Bath Song

  • Channel: Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes
  • 3.4 billion views

The Bath Song is the fourth most popular children’s YouTube video to date. It’s the perfect rhyme for children to learn about bath time.

8. Gangnam Style M/V

  • Channel: Officialpsy
  • 3.9 billion views

With more than half of the ​most viewed YouTube videos​ on the list being music videos, this one highlights the diversity of YouTube. This song is Korean, yet all of America seemed to be obsessed with it at one point.

7. Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars

  •  Channel: Mark Ronson
  • 4 billion views

This song is THE go to feel good song! At number seven on this list, people all over the world can get down to this song.

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6. Masha and The Bear – Recipe for disaster (Episode 17)

  • Channel: Get Movies
  • 4.3 billion views

This is by far one of the most interesting videos on this list. Three episodes of Masha and the bear have passed over one billion views. It just goes to show how versatile YouTube is.

5. Johnny Johnny Yes Papa THE BEST Song for Children

  • Channel: Loo Loo Kids
  • 4.4 billion views

This is a great video for kids everywhere. This is one of the most viewed YouTube videos​ for children second only to the baby shark dance.

4. See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack

  • Channel: Wiz Khalifa
  • 4.8 billion views

Fast and Furious is an insanely popular series of action movies that is loved all over the world. Everyone loves a heartfelt song and this one really hits home.

3. Shape Of You (Official Music Video)

  • Channel: Ed Sheeran
  • 5.1 billion views

Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. He has two of the ​most viewed YouTube videos ​of all time.

2. Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

  • Channel: Luis Fonsi
  • 7.1 billion views

“Despacito” is the most viewed Spanish song in the world. This music video has an intoxicating air about it that has people viewing over and over.

1. Baby Shark Dance

  • Channel: Pinkfong! Kids’ Songs & Stories
  • 7.5 billion views

This is the most viewed YouTube video in the world to date. I guarantee this song is stuck in your head and you can hear it as you read this. This song/dance captured completely entranced young children all over the world.

Honorable mentions

Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona (Español)Enrique Iglesias2.9 billion
Lean On (feat. MØ)(Official Music Video)Major Lazer & DJ Snake2.9 billion
Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy JKaty Perry2.9 billion

This article was written by Olivia Larsen

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