The 15 Most-Watched YouTube Videos of All Time
Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. It’s one of many amazing YouTube stats that’ll blow your mind 21 Amazingly Interesting YouTube Facts in 2016 21 Amazingly Interesting YouTube Facts in 2016 YouTube is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think Facebook Video is big, but that’s just peanuts to YouTube. Read More and proves just how far the service has come since founder Jawed Karim posted the first video way back in April 2005.
The first video to garner one million views was a Nike advert featuring Ronaldinho in 2005. Less than 10 years later, the first video with one billion views was Psy’s 2012 hit, Gangnam Style; it surpassed Justin Bieber’s song Baby to become the web’s most watched video ever.
But does Gangnam Style still hold the record? Here’s a countdown of the 15 most-watched YouTube videos of all time…
15. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On
Number of views: 2.41 billion
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The video features Sheeran performing a ballroom dance with a contestant from U.S. show, So You Think You Can Dance. Prior to shooting, the singer had to learn the necessary moves. He reportedly trained for five hours a day for several weeks while on tour.
11. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando
Number of views: 3.15 billion
Drawing heavily on the sounds of 1980s funk music, Uptown Funk was the number one song in the U.S. for 14 consecutive weeks. In the end-of-year awards shows, it picked up two Grammys and a Brit.
Sadly, its another song that’s been dogged by accusations of plagiarism and copyright infringement Confused About Copyright Law? These Online Resources Can Help Confused About Copyright Law? These Online Resources Can Help It's a confusing subject, yes, but it's important that you wrap your head around it. If you're involved in any sort of creative work, these resources will help you do just that. Read More ; Ronson and Mars have been sued on five separate occasions. Two of the cases were settled out of court, one resulted in more artists being added to the track’s official list of songwriters, and two cases are ongoing at the time of writing.
5. Psy – Gangnam Style
Number of views: 5.37 billion
Luis Fonsi’s reggaeton hit Despacito was another global megahit. The song went to number one in 47 countries and made the top 10 in a further six. It became the first Spanish-language record to go to number one in the U.S. since Macarena back in 1996.
The song also set a record for the fastest song to reach one billion views, taking just 97 days. In comparison, it took Gangnam Style five months to achieve the same landmark.
What About Justin Bieber’s Baby?
So, what became of the former record holder, Justin Bieber’s Baby? With 1.94 billion views, it’s just about hanging on to a place in the top 25.
However, by a curious coincidence, it’s also number on in the most disliked videos on YouTube. Quite the fall from grace, we’re sure you’ll agree.
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