List of most-viewed YouTube videos

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Although the most-viewed videos were initially viral videos, such as "Evolution of Dance" and "Charlie Bit My Finger", the most-viewed videos were increasingly related to music videos. Since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in 2009, every video that has reached the top of the "most-viewed YouTube videos" list has been a music video. Some of the previously most-viewed videos are no longer available on the site.

In November 2005, a Nike advertisement featuring Brazilian football player Ronaldinho became the first video to reach 1,000,000 views.

The billion-view mark was first passed by Gangnam Style in December 2012.

On January 13, 2022, Pinkfong's "Baby Shark" became the first video to hit 10,000,000,000 views.

Top videos

The following table lists the top 30 most-viewed videos on YouTube, with each total rounded to the nearest 10 million views, uploader, and publication date. Note that some videos may not be available worldwide due to regional restrictions in certain countries.

center | 1. "Baby Shark Dance"Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories11. +more58June 17, 2016center
center | 2. "Despacito"Luis Fonsicenter | 7. 99January 12, 2017center
center | 3. "Johny Johny Yes Papa"LooLoo Kidscenter | 6. 50October 8, 2016center
center | 4. "Shape of You"Ed Sheerancenter | 5. 83right | January 30, 2017center
center | 5. "Bath Song"Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymescenter | 5. 68May 2, 2018center
center | 6. "See You Again"Wiz Khalifacenter | 5. 68April 6, 2015center
center | 7. "Phonics Song with Two Words"ChuChu TVcenter | 4. 96right | March 6, 2014center
center | 8. "Uptown Funk"Mark Ronsoncenter | 4. 73November 19, 2014center
center | 9. "Learning Colors - Colorful Eggs on a Farm"Miroshka TVcenter | 4. 69February 27, 2018center
center | 10. "Gangnam Style"Psycenter | 4. 58right | July 15, 2012center
center | 11. "Masha and the Bear - Recipe for Disaster"Get Moviescenter | 4. 51right | January 31, 2012center
center | 12. "Wheels on the Bus"Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymescenter | 4. 50right | May 24, 2018
center | 13. "Dame Tu Cosita"El Chombocenter | 4. 11right | April 5, 2018
center | 14. "Sugar"Maroon 5center | 3. 77right | January 14, 2015
center | 15. "Roar"Katy Perrycenter | 3. 67right | September 5, 2013
center | 16. "Counting Stars"OneRepubliccenter | 3. 67right | May 31, 2013
center | 17. "Sorry"Justin Biebercenter | 3. 60right | October 22, 2015
center | 18. "Axel F"Crazy Frogcenter | 3. 56right | June 16, 2009
center | 18. "Thinking Out Loud"Ed Sheerancenter | 3. 51right | October 7, 2014
center | 20. "Baa Baa Black Sheep"Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymescenter | 3. 41right | June 25, 2018
center | 21. "Dark Horse"Katy Perrycenter | 3. 37right | February 20, 2014
center | 22. "Faded"Alan Walkercenter | 3. 36right | December 3, 2015
center | 23. "Girls Like You"Maroon 5center | 3. 34right | May 31, 2018
center | 24. "Let Her Go"Passengercenter | 3. 32right | July 25, 2012
center | 25. "Bailando"Enrique Iglesiascenter | 3. 29right | April 11, 2014
center | 26. "Perfect"Ed Sheerancenter | 3. 28right | November 9, 2017
center | 27. "Lean On"Major Lazercenter | 3. 28right | March 22, 2015
center | 28. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"Shakiracenter | 3. 27right | June 4, 2010
center | 29. "Shake It Off"Taylor Swiftcenter | 3. 22right | August 18, 2014
center | 30. "Humpty the train on a fruits ride"Kiddiestv Hindi - Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songscenter | 3. 19right | January 26, 2018
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Billion-View Club

An early metric of a video's popularity was the so-called Billion-View Club, denoting videos which had succeeded in reaching over 1 billion views since their initial upload.

In December 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the first video to reach one billion views. By June 2015, only "Baby" had also managed to pass this threshold, but, by October 2015, a total of ten videos had done so, and the number grew further to over 200 in February 2022. +more Considering older videos that pre-dated YouTube's creation in 2005 but were added later: * "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses became the first video made prior to YouTube's creation to reach this threshold by July 2018. * "Numb" by Linkin Park was the first 2000s video predating YouTube to reach 1 billion views in November 2018. * "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen was the first 1970s video (and pre-1990s video) to reach 1 billion views in July 2019. * "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses was the first 1980s video to reach 1 billion views in October 2019.

With numerous videos readily clearing one billion views by 2018, more interest has been on two and three-billion views and higher metrics. In May 2014, "Gangnam Style" became the first video to exceed two billion views. +more "Despacito" became the first video to reach three billion views in August 2017, four billion in October 2017, five billion in April 2018, six billion in February 2019, and seven billion in October 2020. "Baby Shark Dance" became the first video to reach eight billion views in February 2021, nine billion views in July 2021, and ten billion views in January 2022.

, thirteen videos have exceeded four billion views, six of which exceed five billion views, three of which exceed six billion views, and two of which exceed seven billion views. "See You Again" became the second video to reach three billion views in August 2017, followed by "Gangnam Style" in November 2017. +more "Shape of You" became the second video to reach four billion views in January 2019, followed by "See You Again" in February 2019. "Baby Shark Dance" became the second video to reach five billion views in April 2020, followed by "Shape of You" in October 2020. "Baby Shark Dance" became the second video to reach six billion views in July 2020, and seven billion views in October 2020.

The majority of these videos in the Billion-View Club have been commercial music videos by popular artists, but the list has included oddities, typically programs aimed at children. Such videos include two episodes of the Russian animated cartoon Masha and the Bear, a version of "The Wheels on the Bus" by the British animation studio Little Baby Bum, and "Johny Johny Yes Papa" from children's stations LooLoo Kids and ChuChu TV. +more Various versions of the song "Baby Shark" in total amassed more than five billion views by January 2019, with the original version posted by Pinkfong having exceeded two billion views previously. The original video by Pinkfong is now the most viewed video on the site. On October 29, 2020, Baby Shark surpassed 7 billion views, and on November 2, 2020, it passed Despacito to become the most viewed video on YouTube. On February 23, 2021, Baby Shark surpassed 8 billion views, becoming the first (and so far only) video to do so. On July 20, 2021, Baby Shark surpassed 9 billion views, becoming the first (and currently only) video to do so. On January 13, 2022, Baby Shark became the first (and currently only) video to surpass 10 billion views.

On July 14, 2022, YouTube made a special playlist and video celebrating the 317 music videos to have hit 1 billion views and joined the "Billion Views Club". Neither the playlist or video mention the numerous other videos to have joined the club nor Baby Shark, the most viewed video on the entire platform, which is, technically speaking, a music video.

Historical most-viewed videos

The following table lists the videos that became YouTube's most-viewed video, from April 2005 to the present.

"Baby Shark Dance"Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Storiesright | 7,046,700,000June 17, 2016right | November 2, 20201600center
"Despacito"Luis Fonsiright | 2,993,700,000January 12, 2017right | August 4, 20172061,186center
"See You Again"Wiz Khalifaright | 2,894,000,000right | April 6, 2015right | July 10, 201782625
"Gangnam Style"⁂Psyright | 803,700,000right | July 15, 2012right | November 24, 20121341,689center
"Baby"Justin Bieberright | 245,400,000right | February 19, 2010right | July 16, 2010149862center
"Bad Romance"Lady Gagaright | 178,400,000right | November 24, 2009right | April 14, 201014393center
"Charlie Bit My Finger"‡HDCYTright | 128,900,000right | May 22, 2007right | October 25, 2009887171late July 2021
"Evolution of Dance"Judson Laipplyright | 118,900,000right | April 6, 2006right | May 2, 20091062176
"Girlfriend"‡RCA Recordsright | 92,600,000right | February 27, 2007right | July 17, 2008508289no datacenter
"Evolution of Dance"Judson Laipplyright | 78,400,000right | April 6, 2006right | March 15, 2008651124
"Music Is My Hot Hot Sex"‡CLARUSBARTEL72right | 76,600,000right | April 9, 2007right | March 1, 200832714mid-2008center
"Evolution of Dance"Judson Laipplyright | 10,600,000right | April 6, 2006right | May 19, 200616652center
"Pokémon Theme Music Video"‡Smoshright | 4,300,000right | November 28, 2005right | March 12, 200610568June 2007center
"Myspace - The Movie"‡eggtearight | 2,700,000right | January 31, 2006right | February 18, 20061822mid-2006
"Phony Photo Booth"‡mugenizedright | 3,400,000right | December 1, 2005right | January 21, 20065028no datacenter
"The Chronic of Narnia Rap"‡youtubeduderight | 2,300,000right | December 18, 2005right | January 9, 20062212no data
"Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold"‡Nikesoccerright | 255,000right | October 21, 2005right | October 31, 20051070no datacenter
"I/O Brush"‡larfusright | 247,000right | October 5, 2005right | October 29, 2005242no data
"Me at the zoo"jawedright | 1right | April 23, 2005right | April 23, 20050189
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The approximate number of views each video had when it became YouTube's most-viewed video.

Timeline of most viewed videos (Oct 2005 - Jun 2022)

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No. 1 most viewed video (Oct 2005 - Jun 2006)

No. 1 most viewed video (Apr 2006 - Jan 2010)

No. 1 most viewed video (Oct 2009 - Jan 2013)

No. 1 most viewed video (Jan 2012 - Jun 2022)

Other milestones

YouTube announced that cumulative views of videos related to Minecraft, some of which had been on the service as early as 2009, exceeded 1 trillion views on December 14, 2021, and was the most-watched video game content on the site.

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