Top 15 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All Time

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YouTube has seen a lot of changes in recent years. The videos, creators, subscribers and viewers everything has grown exponentially. If we look back in 2005 when founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video, the platform has changed a lot.

Talking about the current time, a hundred hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Now, we have enough number of channels on each category who are sharing useful and entertaining videos on a daily basis.

Today, I will share the top 15 most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Most of these videos belong to the entertainment category and have received enormous love from the viewers. So without wasting any more time, let’s get started..!!

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Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All Time

15. Hello – Adele

Hello, Adele’s superhit song from her studio album, 25. Despite its superb music composition, Hello holds many records like it’s the first song to sell more than a million copies within one week in the United States. It was the fastest video to reach 100 million views on Vevo. Lastly, Hello was the first video in the world who used the IMAX format.

Total Views = 2.45 billion

14. Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake

The electronic dance music track Lean On is the 14th most viewed YouTube video of all time. The video has been mostly shooted in the Maharashtra, India while some shots were filmed in Stockholm. Lean On is one of my favourite songs that managed to hold the number one position in Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, Mexico and Denmark.

Total Views = 2.53 billion

13. Dark Horse – Katy Perry

Dark Horse also comes under one of the most viewed YouTube videos. The American singer Katy Perry and rapper Juicy J have really done a great job. Dark Horse was also a commercial success. It successfully managed to acquire the number one position in Canada, Netherlands and the United States.

Total Views = 2.54 billion

12. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran needs no introduction when it comes to the most successful artists on YouTube and Spotify. This video has been shooted after many weeks of hard work. The singer was trained and needed to learn various dance moves. Also,

Total Views = 2.7 billion

11. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias

Though superstar Enrique Iglesias is known for his English and Portuguese songs, Bailando was the first Spanish video on YouTube which collected more than a billion views. Viewers loved the lyrics, dance moves and especially the music.

Total Views = 2.7 billion

10. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

This is one of the most viewed superhit videos of Taylor Swift. A single line – Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate – has made people crazy for this song. You might have also seen many memes circulating on the Internet.

Total Views = 2.75 billion

9. Roar – Katy Perry

Roar is another song from Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism. It was released in 2013 and was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The song became a commercial success after topping the charts in many countries.

Total Views = 2.77 billion

8. Sugar – Maroon 5

Maroon 5 is one of the most popular bands on YouTube. This song was recorded in 2014 for their fifth studio albums. Despite the song, the storyline of the video is also quite good. Sugar received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Total Views = 2.92 billion

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7. Sorry – Justin Beiber

Justin Beiber was also a popular singer at his time. His song ‘baby’ made him superstar all over the world. Later, in 2015, his song ‘sorry’ surpassed all the previous records. The song is good but I didn’t like the video.

Total Views = 3.1 billion

6. Gangnam Style – Psy

Gangnam Style was released by a South Korean musician Psy in 2012. It just not remained at number one in more than 30 countries but also became a worldwide sensation. The unique dance moves and the perfect scenes helped it getting billions of views. Psy even met Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations at the UN headquarters in Newyork. Overall, Gangnam style is known as a worldwide hit comedy video song.

Total Views = 3.3 billion 

5. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Uptown Funk followed the 1980s funk music style and won millions of hearts. It became one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Not only this, Uptown Funk remained number one song in the United States for 14 consecutive weeks, and at the year-end award show won two Grammys and a Brit.

Total Views = 3.5 billion

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


I am not at all expecting this video here but it’s also a most viewed videos on YouTube. Unlike others, it’s not a music video but rather an episode of an animated Russian kids show. Here, Masha cooks too much porridge and puts her home in danger.

Total Views = 3.52 billion

3. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

See You Again was actually a tribute song for the star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident while shooting for movie Fast and Furious 7. Not only the song, but all the instalments of the Fast and Furious series are really good.

Total Views = 4.05 billion

2. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s shape of you is the second most viewed YouTube videos of all time. It remained at first position in 34 countries, The music, storyline and especially the climax are really awesome. Shape of You featuring an American dancer Jennie Pegouskie and retired sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryuta. Lastly, it’s one of my favourite songs too.

Total Views = 4.13 billion

1. Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

With more than 6 billion views, Despacito is the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. This song was number almost 53 countries. Despacito became the first Spanish-language song to reach such as a number in the United States. It was a global hit and set a record for the fastest song to get one billion views. Yes, Despacito took only 97 days to get 100 crores views.

Total Views = 6.07 billion

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Final Words: The Most Viewed YouTube Video of All Time

Entertainment has no target audience, and that’s why 14 out of 15 videos on our list are the music videos. So, which video you liked the most? Share with us in the comments section below.

Subham Kapiswe

My world revolves around Technology. Being interested in smartphones and computers, the word technology has always fascinated me. I love to share my tech knowledge on my blog and YouTube channel. I am an Engineer by Education, an ambivert kind of a person, friendly in nature and an Optimist by choice.

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