In 2017, YouTube announced that people consume over a billion hours of video every day on their platform. We can only imagine what the number is in 2022. At some point, you’ve probably wondered what is the most-watched video on YouTube, right? Well, we’ll do you one better and list down the top 20 most-viewed YouTube videos of all time.
|Baby Shark Dance||Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories||11.69 bn|
|Despacito||Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee||8 bn|
|Johny Johny Yes Papa||LooLoo Kids||6.52 bn|
|Shape of You||Ed Sheeran||5.85 bn|
|Bath Song||Cocomelon||5.76 bn|
|See You Again||Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth||5.69 bn|
|Phonics Song with Two Words||ChuChu TV||5 bn|
|Uptown Funk||Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars||4.75 bn|
|Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm||Miroshka TV||4.72 bn|
|Gangnam Style||Psy||4.6 bn|
|Wheels on the Bus||Cocomelon||4.57 bn|
|Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster||Get Movies||4.51 bn|
|Dame Tu Cosita||El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks||4.13 bn|
|Sugar||Maroon 5||3.78 bn|
|Roar||Katy Perry||3.68 bn|
|Counting Stars||OneRepublic||3.67 bn|
|Sorry||Justin Bieber||3.6 bn|
|Crazy Frog||Axel F||3.59 bn|
|Thinking Out Loud||Ed Sheeran||3.51 bn|
|Baa Baa Black Sheep||Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes||3.43 bn|
20 Most Viewed YouTube Videos In Order
1. “Baby Shark Dance” – Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories | 11.69 bn views
It doesn’t matter what age group you belong to, we’re 99% sure you have come across this viral nursery rhyme and have had it stuck in your head at some point.
Published over 6 years ago, this video took the internet by storm, and suddenly everyone was singing this catchy song everywhere.
There is still no escaping this video, and it continues to hold its place as the highest-viewed video on YouTube by a large margin.
2. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee | 8 bn views
The Spanish song, Despacito, is the most viewed song on YouTube. This goes to show that a video doesn’t need to be in English to be successful. All you might need is a chill, groovy beat that people can’t stop singing.
Another thing that could have helped Despacito’s popularity might be that Justin Beiber, a fan-favorite singer, released his version of the song. This might have boosted the music video by bringing it in front of a different audience.
Fun fact, “Despacito” also holds the title for the most-liked video on YouTube with over 50 million likes!
3. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” – LooLoo Kids | 6.52 bn views
Even the 90s baby knows of this nursery rhyme, as this has been there for generations. Now it’s been brought back to life by LooLoo kids and exploded all over YouTube as it gathered billions of views in no time!
4. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran | 5.85 bn views
“Shape of you” was everybody’s jam when it came out in January 2017, and we have to say, this song is still getting a decent amount of views even today.
It’s still a favorite song of many people. Whether it’s because of Ed Sheeran’s voice or the groovy beat, that’s up to the fans to decide.
5. “Bath Song” – Cocomelon | 5.76 bn views
We finally have one of our most-watched YouTube videos from the most subscribed YouTube channel in the children’s category. Cocomelon has a whopping 147 million subscribers, with over 144 billion views… that’s crazy and impressive.
Contributing to this vast number is their most popular YouTube video, “Bath Song,” which came out over 4 years ago and is now a kid’s favorite.
It’s one of those videos that has a steady gain and keeps on getting views. Not one that got viral for a period of time and then slowly died.
6. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth | 5.69 bn views
This tear-jerking song instantly touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide when it was released in 2015. The main reason was that it was dedicated to Paul Walker, a beloved actor whose untimely death caused shockwaves to everyone.
7. “Phonics Song with Two Words” – ChuChu TV | 5 bn views
This nursery rhyme is probably a classic, as it’s one of the first rhymes you would show to a baby or toddler due. It’s a great way to get toddlers to sing the alphabet as it’s very catchy and memorable. No wonder it’s one of the top-viewed YouTube videos!
8. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars | 4.75 bn views
“Uptown Funk” was a global hit when it was released in 2014. The music style was fresh, groovy, and the lyrics fun to sing out loud. It quickly became the go-to song to party, which is why it quickly climbed the chart and stayed there for a long period of time.
9. “Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm” – Miroshka TV | 4.72 bn views
This is another educational video for kids, this time teaching them about colours. Though on a slightly different and, to be honest, disturbing theme, we can see why it would be appealing to kids.
10. “Gangnam Style” – Psy | 4.6 bn views
“Gangnam Style” was another global hit that rocked the world when it came out over 10 years ago. It featured uncommon and out-of-the-box music, yet extremely dance-worthy and fun to listen to and watch.
It was one of the first non-English songs that went viral all over the world.
11. “Wheels on the Bus” – Cocomelon | 4.57 bn views
Cocomelon is a master of recreating classic nursery rhymes and packaging them in colorful animations, fun characters, and cheerful music to draw the kids in.
12. “Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster” – Get Movies | 4.51 bn views
This video is a cute depiction of a relationship between Masha, a little girl, and a bear. The YouTube video is literally about a recipe for disaster and follows an interesting plot.
Overall, the story is refreshing and fun to watch, and the main characters are very likeable. Hence, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular YouTube videos.
13. “Dame Tu Cosita” – El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks | 4.13 bn views
This is one of those random videos that the Youtube Algorithm pushes, and you just can’t help but click on it because you’re curious to see what the video is about.
In this music video, we have an alien dancing to a beat that will have you move your head to the music. With such a weird but brilliant masterpiece like this, we can understand how it landed in this list of videos with the most views on YouTube.
14. “Sugar” – Maroon 5 | 3.78 bn views
“Sugar” by Maroon 5 was based on a unique concept where the band visited real weddings in the music video and performed for the guests. This was very well received by the public. The song in itself has a very upbeat tune to it that will make you want to dance.
15. “Roar” – Katy Perry | 3.68 bn views
Next up, we have the most popular Katy Perry song, which is a powerful and uplifting song that might give you goosebumps. It’s a song about empowerment that helped many people come out of their shells.
16. “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic | 3.67 bn views
One Republic really took over people’s hearts with this song. Within a short period of time, “Counting Stars” was on everybody’s playlist and mind, so naturally, it got billions of views in no time!
17. “Sorry” – Justin Bieber | 3.6 bn views
Justin Bieber is a YouTube-born star, so it’s only fitting that he belongs on this list as well. Even though he has many, many famous songs reaching the billion views mark, this is the one that racked up the most views.
18. “Crazy Frog” – Axel F | 3.59 bn views
This song has been there for many years, but was bought to life again by Axel F, triggering a memory that many of us didn’t even know existed.
The song is accompanied by equally chaotic visuals as the audio, which provides a little kick to the video.
19. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran | 3.51 bn views
Here we are again with Ed Sheeran’s music video. It’s impressive to note that he is the only singer to make it to the list of top-viewed YouTube videos twice!
20. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes | 3.43 bn views
We’re ending strong with yet another nursery rhyme, which has been a strong theme in this list, from Cocomelon, the only channel to feature thrice on this list!
What Do You Think Of The Most Watched YouTube Videos?
So there you have it, some of the highest-viewed videos on YouTube of all times. It’s interesting to see the list dominated mostly by music videos and nursery rhymes. Nevertheless, we can all agree that even the most unexpected things can go viral on YouTube.
Remember ‘Charlie bit my finger? It had one of the highest views on YouTube at its time, and it was just a standard 1-minute home video of two children. Though we have to admit, it was adorable.
If you want to know how to get more views on YouTube, be sure to check out this article. Do you think there could be a video in the future that could dethrone the infamous “Baby Shark Dance” as the most-viewed YouTube video? Only time will tell.