Most viewed YouTube videos of all time: the top 15 positions

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The 15 most viewed YouTube videos of all time. The first video to earn a million views was a Nike ad featuring Ronaldinho in 2005. Less than 10 years later, the first video with a billion views was Psy's 2012 hit Gangnam Style; surpassed Justin Bieber's song Baby, becoming the most viewed video on the web ever.

But does Gangnam Style still hold the record? Here are the 15 most viewed YouTube videos of all time.


Most viewed YouTube videos of all time: the top 15 positions

15- Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On


Number of views: 2,35 billion

Lean On is an electronic dance music track that has gone to number one in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. He made the top five in the US and UK

Most of the video was recorded in Maharashtra, India, although some pieces were shot in Stockholm.

14. Adele - Hello

Number of views: 2,37 billion

Adele's 2015 hit Hello was the lead single from her third studio album, 25. It became the first song in the US to sell over a million digital copies in one week.

Thanks to the collaboration with IMAX cinemas, the video of the song was the first in the world to use the IMAX format. Hello also holds the record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views on Vevo.

13. Katy Perry – Dark Horse


Number of views: 2,37 billion

12. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud


Number of views: 2,41 billion

Ed Sheeran is one of the; his success is clearly translated on YouTube.

The video shows Sheeran performing a ballroom dance with a contestant from the US series, So You Think You Can Dance. Before filming, the singer had to learn the necessary moves. He reportedly trained five hours a day for several weeks on the tour.

11. Enrique Iglesias - Dancing

Number of views: 2,53 billion

The first reggaeton song on the list is Enrique Iglesias' Bailando. Although Iglesias also released the song in English and Portuguese, it is the Spanish language version that has garnered the most attention.

In fact, it was the first Spanish-language video on YouTube to garner more than a billion views.

10. Katy Perry - Roar

Number of views: 2,57 billion

Katy Perry is one of only two artists with two videos in the top 15. Her second song, Roar, is a mid-level pop song that has hit number one in several countries.

9. Taylor Swift - Shake it Off


Number of views: 2,60 billion

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

This text turned it into worldwide success, producing an endless sea of ​​memes, and even getting a photo shoot on Sheldon Cooper's The Big Bang Theory.

8. Maroon Five – Sugar

Number of views: 2,69 billion


The Maroon Five's Sugar video is the most groundbreaking on this list. The band teamed up with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and traveled to Los Angeles to surprise couples at their weddings.


The video is completely original. For each featured wedding, only one attendee knew about the surprise band and was not told the identity of the band.

7. Justin Bieber - Sorry

Number of views: 2,96 billion

6. Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Number of views: 3,15 billion

Drawing heavily on the sounds of '80s funk music, Uptown Funk was the number one song in the US for 14 consecutive weeks.

5. Psy – Stile Gangnam

Number of views: 3,18 billion

It was number one in 30 counties, world leaders and sports stars performed the dance moves, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was a "force for world peace". Psy also met Ki-moon at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

4. Masha e The Bear – Recipe for Disaster (Ep 17)

Number of views: 3,21 billion

Masha and The Bear - Recipe for Disaster (Episode 17) is the most viewed non-music video on YouTube and is fourth on the list of all time.

Children's cartoon - which is in Russian - tells the story of Masha and her bear.

3. Ed Sheeran - Shape of You

Number of views: 3,65 billion

Ed Sheeran joins Katy Perry as the second artist with two videos on the list. The Shape of You is a pop song that recalls Jamaican dancehall music. It was number one in 34 countries.

The video features American dancer Jennie Pegouskie and retired wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryuta.

2. Wiz Khalifa - See You Again feat. Charlie Puth

Number of views: 3,67 billion

See You Again was written for the film Furious 7 and is intended to represent a tributary song for the late former star of the franchise, Paul Walker.

The film was in the middle of filming when Walker died in a car accident in 2013. Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, were called in to complete the remaining scenes.

1. Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

Number of views: 5,37 billion

The success of Luis Fonsi's reggaeton Despacito was another global megahit. The song hit number one in 47 countries and hit the top 10 in six more. It became the first Spanish-language record to go to number one in the United States after Macarena in 1996.

The song also set a record for the fastest song to reach one billion views, with just 97 days.


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