The most viewed YouTube videos of all time are pretty much what you’d expect: multi-million dollar music videos from the world’s most prominent recording artists.
However, you’ll probably be as surprised as we were to see a couple of animated children’s videos on the list – with a combined 9 billion views!
So, let’s dive into the 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time and see what’s what.
The Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All Time
The list of YouTube videos and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web.
These are the 10 most viewed videos on YouTube:
10. Maroon 5 – Sugar
Views: 3.22 Billion
The tenth most viewed YouTube video of all time is Sugar by Maroon 5.
The band recorded the song for their fifth studio album, V, which peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number two.
The accompanying music video was based on the 2005 romantic comedy, Wedding Crashers, and premiered on the band’s YouTube channel on January 14, 2015.
As of August 2020, Sugar has over 3.3 billion views on YouTube.
9. Justin Bieber – Sorry
Views: 3.30 Billion
Coming in at number nine on the list, is Justin Bieber’s 2015 hit song, Sorry.
The song was recorded for his fourth studio album, Purpose, and was released worldwide on October 22, 2015.
It became a huge commercial success, topping the charts in more than thirteen countries, and becoming one of the fastest-selling digital music releases ever!
The video has now received more than 3 billion views on YouTube and was the seventh-fastest video in history to reach 2 billion views!
8. Loo Loo Kids – Johny Johny Yes Papa
Views: 3.50 Billion
For those of you that don’t know what this is, Johny Johny Yes Papa is an English nursery rhyme about a child called Johny, who’s caught red-handed eating sugar by his farther.
The video was first published on YouTube in 2009 by Shemrock Nursery Rhymes. However, as the years went by, other channels featured the rhyme in their videos, one of which was the Loo Loo Kids in 2016.
Since it was uploaded to the Loo Loo Kids channel, it’s managed to amass a whopping 3.50 billion views, becoming the eighth-most-viewed video on YouTube!
7. PSY – Gangnam Style
Views: 3.67 Billion
Gangnam Style is the seventh most viewed video on Youtube, the fifth most liked, and 19th most disliked.
The video was filmed in Seoul, over 48 hours, and premiered on July 15, 2012. It became the first-ever music video to cross the 1 billion views mark on YouTube and currently has over 3.6 billion views.
Gangnam Style won several industry awards and became a worldwide commercial success.
6. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
Views: 3.88 Billion
Uptown Funk, by British record producer Mark Ronson, was released as the lead single for his fourth studio album, Uptown Special on November 10, 2014.
The accompanying music video has received over 3.8 billion YouTube views to date and has won multiple industry awards, such as “Best Pop-Video-UK” at the UK Music Video Awards.
With this many views, it’s no wonder it’s become the sixth most-viewed YouTube video of all time.
5. Masha and The Bear – Recipe for Disaster
Views: 4.30 Billion
Masha and The Bear is an animated television series created in Russia. It’s loosely based on a children’s folk story of the same name.
Recipe for Disaster is one of the many episodes from the series and one of only two entries on our list that isn’t a music video or entirely in English.
The series is also broadcast on Netflix and has garnered an impressive 4.30 billion views on the video-sharing platform.
4. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
Views: 4.61 Billion
The fourth most viewed video on YouTube is See You Again by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth.
The song was commissioned for the soundtrack of Furious 7 as a tribute to Paul Walker.
It became both artist’s biggest track to date and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. The YouTube video was the most viewed video on the platform between July 10 & August 4, 2017, and has since racked up over 4.6 billion views!
3. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Views: 4.86 Billion
The third most-viewed YouTube video of all time is Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.
The song was released digitally on January 6, 2017, as one of the lead singles from Ed’s third studio album, Divide.
It went on to become the best performing song of 2017 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and stayed at the top of the charts for 16 consecutive weeks.
Sheeran released the accompanying music video on January 30, 2017, which soon became one of the fastest music videos ever to reach 1 billion views on YouTube.
As of May 2020, Shape of You is YouTube’s third most-watched video!
2. Pinkfong – Baby Shark Dance
Views: 5.83 Billion
Baby Shark Dance is the product of South Korean education company, Pinkfong.
It’s a children’s campfire song that features a family of animated sharks. Children sing along while performing various dance moves.
Technically it’s a music video, but it’s aimed at the children’s educational market, so it’s not quite the same as the majority on the list. But, whether you like it or not, with over 5.8 billion views and counting, it’s obviously done something right to become the second most viewed video on YouTube.
1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
Views: 6.84 Billion
The most viewed video on YouTube of all time is Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee.
Despacito, (English: Slowly) is from Fonsi’s 2019 studio album Vida.
The song was released on January 12, 2017, and is a reggaeton and Latin pop song composed in common time.
Critics praised Despacito for its fusion of Latin and urban rhythms. It’s won numerous Latin Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. If that wasn’t enough, Despacito topped the charts in 47 countries and became the first YouTube video to reach the three, four, five, & six billion view milestones!