Popularity is not the only thing that the top-performing YouTube videos share with each other. YouTube videos such as Chocolate Rain and Charlie Bit My Finger were viral in the early years of YouTube’s content. However, they are unlikely to be the same videos that become viral today.
Children’s programming and music videos are among the most popular content on YouTube. The streaming site has seen great success with music videos and they were the majority of the most watched videos on YouTube.
However, music videos still make up half of the top ten most-viewed videos. If these view counts are anything to go by, the video-sharing site could be considered a leading platform for music videos and kid-friendly content rather than just the meme-worthy viral videos the site was known for in its early days. Check out GetFans for more information.
10. Psy — Gangnam Style (4.10 Billion Views)
Psy’s Gangnam Style is a true icon in YouTube’s history. It was the first YouTube video to be viewed over a billion times. It also reached this milestone in six months, from July 2012 to December 2012. This was an incredible feat for the time. It was the first video to surpass 2 billion views in May 2014. No other video came close to it until 2015.
Gangnam Style is one of the most viewed videos ever, with more than 100 videos having more than a billion views. Nine years after its debut, it retains its top-10 ranking over the younger competitors.
9. Miroshka TV – Learning Colors Multicolored Eggs at the Farm (4.19 Billion Views)
It’s not surprising that educational videos are among the most popular YouTube content. Think about it this way: If children will be spending a lot of time staring at screens, it makes sense for parents to have access to educational programming. Miroshka TV’s Multi-Colored Eggs on Farm is no exception. This educational video has been viewed over 4 billion times since its original upload in 2003.
This is a five-minute fun video that teaches children different colors through (crudely animated eggs) on a farm. The video is presented in Russian. It teaches children the names of various colors. Only the music and subtitles (if they are turned on) are not in Russian. Although the video is slow, some scenes can be a little long. However, younger viewers will enjoy the silly and funny moments.
8. Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes — Bath Song (4.21 Billion Views)
Slowly but surely, educational videos for children are taking over the top 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Cocomelon’s Bath Song has risen to No. 8 on our list knocking Gangnam Style back at the No. 10 – which, when you think about it, is quite strange. It’s a simple song about bathing that lasts no more than three minutes and features a Baby Shark Dance-esque chorus. It was surprisingly able to get a spot on this list despite being performed by an internationally renowned singer.
7. Mark Ronson — Uptown Funk with Bruno Mars (4.21 Billion views)
Uptown Funk is still a chart-topping video, even though it is older than the other videos. Ronson’s YouTube debut was in November 2014. It quickly became one of the most loved and popular videos ever.
Its view count is almost as impressive as the fact that it outperformed all its competitors. Katy Perry’s big music videos in 2014 saw billions of views. Uptown Funk continues to surpass those accomplishments.
6. Masha and Bear — Recipe for Disaster (4.44 Billion Views)
Recipe for Disaster is one episode of the Russian CGI-animated TV series Masha and Bear. This video is the only one that doesn’t feature a song or features one song heavily, and it’s also the only one that’s not entirely in English. It is popular in other countries, with many episodes having huge views on YouTube. You can also find it on Netflix as a series of episodes.
Due to its staggering view count, the Recipe For Disaster episode is particularly interesting. It is one of a select few videos that has surpassed 4 billion views.
Get Movies, which uploaded Recipe For Disaster to YouTube, has attracted a lot of viewers from just this episode.
5. Wiz Khalifa — See You Again with Charlie Puth (5.15 Billion views)
To promote See You Again, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa have created a tie-in movie — Furious 7. It has managed over 5 billion views since its April 2015 debut and serves as a tribute to Paul Walker, the former star of The Fast Saga, who died in 2013.
The video was viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube between July 10th and August 4th 2017. It dethroned Gangnam Style. Its reign was short-lived as Despacito took its place. It was also the most viewed video between July 26, 2016 and July 25, 2017.
See you again was the second video to surpass the 2 billion mark. It is also one of only ten videos that has been viewed more than 4 Billion times.
4. Ed Sheeran — Shape Of You (5.36 Billion Views)
Shape Of You is a video that has been viewed more than any other. It is also the fastest video to reach a million views, and the second-fastest to reach two billion and three billion views.
Shape Of You has achieved all its views in two years after it debuted in January 2017.
3. LooLoo Children — Johny Johny Yes Papa (5.50 Billion views)
Johny Johny Yes Mama is another video for children that reached the top 10 YouTube videos. This is a short animated music video that tells the story of a mischievous baby who has a Papa. It’s a simple song about how a baby tries to eat sugar (literal sugar cubes), even though his Papa doesn’t approve. Is the child allowed to eat the sugar? To find out, you’ll need to watch the video. It’s not annoying at all — the song is almost too short and simple to be annoying. It’s an excellent thing considering that it has been viewed/listened too more than 5 Billion times.
2. Luis Fonsi — Despacito with Daddy Yankee (7.42 Billion views)
Despacito, featuring Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, was uploaded to YouTube in January 2017. It racked up over a billion views in just 97 day — the second fastest run of YouTube videos. This video became the fastest video to reach 2 billion views, the fastest video to surpass 4 billion, 5 trillion, 6 billion and now 7 billion.
1. Pinkfong — Baby Shark Dance (8.86 Billion Views)
Sometimes, a song is only famous because it’s an earworm. It happened with Barney back in the beginning, so it’s not surprising that it happened again with a kid’s song about shark families.
Baby Shark Dance is a Korean pop song. It features sharks, repetition and a lot of existential dread. That’s it. This song became the number one video and has been remade many times on YouTube.
Let’s face it, Baby Shark Dance’s success doesn’t surprise us at all. Every parent who has access to the internet can bring up Baby Shark 12 times a day to calm their toddler. Expect Baby Shark to continue his reign as the most-viewed video.