YouTube has over one billion users — almost one-third of all people using the Internet. Every day people generate billions of views on YouTube. As reported in October 2015, ten YouTube videos have received over 1 billion views, with the top video exceeding 2 billion views. Many of these videos are music ones, however there are few surprises. Let’s have a look at the Top 20 YouTube chart.
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#1. Psy – Gangnam Style
Uploaded: July 15, 2012
This video is even registered in the Guinness World Records as the most liked YouTube video ever after it seized two billions views in half a year. Hardly everyone knows that Gangham is an area of Seoul, Korea and Psy is a stage name for Park Jae-sang, a K-pop artist. The amusing dance moves shown in the clip have become another hit from Korea. Psy performed this dance with the British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
#2. Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris
Uploaded: February 19, 2010
This is the lead single from Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber’s debut album “My World (Part II)”. The music video has been the first until November 24, 2012, when it was surpassed by “Gangnam Style”. It’s notorious that this video is also the most disliked on YouTube.
#3. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Uploaded: November 10, 2014
“Blank Space” comes from Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album “1989”. This song replaced her prior hit “Shake It Off” from the top place at the US Hot 100 chart, so Taylor became the first woman in the Hot 100’s 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot.
#4. Katy Perry – Dark Horse ft. Juicy J
Uploaded: February 20, 2014
The song reached the top of the Hot 100 after Perry performed it at the 2014 Grammy Awards. “This #1 is the most unexpected one I’ve ever had,” said the singer. In the interviews, Katy also confesses that in “Dark Horse” she wanted to be a witch warning a man not to fall in love with her.
#5. Katy Perry – Roar
Uploaded: September 5, 2013
“Roar” has become a big step forward in Katy Perry’s career. This is her fastest-selling single to date, with more than 557,000 digital downloads in its first week. In July 2015, the music video for “Roar” became the 4th video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo, making Perry the first artist to have two music videos with 1 billion views.
#6. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Uploaded: August 18, 2014
Taylor said that this song was born from her own challenges: “I wanted it to go out into the world and not be about my critics”. “Shake It Off” won Favorite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards and also got several nominations at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
#7. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando
Uploaded: April 11, 2014
The song title is translated from Spanish as “Rhythmic Dancing”. The song broke the record for the longest-running #1 ever on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. “The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know”, – Enrique said about it in one of the interviews.
#8. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
Uploaded: November 18, 2014
“Uptown Funk” is a song recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American singer Bruno Mars. The single was a commercial success, spending fourteen consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
#9. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Uploaded: June 11, 2014
It’s said that “All About That Bass” was written in 40 minutes by American producer Kevin Kadish. Recoreded in a bubblegum pop genre, this song was praised by critics for its melody and vintage sound. It was named one of the best songs of 2014 by several publications and received several Grammy Award nominations.
#10. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again
Uploaded: April 6, 2015
This song is an official soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7. It has become a global commercial success, becoming Khalifa’s biggest hit to date.
#11. OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Uploaded: May 31, 2013
“Counting Stars” by American pop-rock band OneRepublic comes from their third album “Native”. It is a pop song with strong elements of folk music. With over 9 million copies sold worldwide, this song became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
#12. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Uploaded: March 8, 2011
In spite of the long-lasting success of “I’m Sexy and I Know it”, this prior LMFAO hit got over 950 million views on YouTube. Being featured in “21 Jump Street” movie, it won the MTV Movie Award for Best Music. The song also won the “Favorite Song” award at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards.
#13. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna
Uploaded: August 5, 2010
Critics listed “Love the Way You Lie” among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem’s career. The song won many awards and received five Grammy nominations. Reporters suggested that the song and the video were influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s complicated relationships with their respective ex-lovers.
#14. Sia – Chandelier
Uploaded: May 6, 2014
“Chandelier” is a song by Australian singer Sia from her sixth album “1000 Forms of Fear”. It has a melancholic theme touching upon the problem of alcoholism of a typical “party girl”. The single received nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video.
#15. Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
Uploaded: June 4, 2010
This is an official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. The single gained its popularity for its encouraging lyrics and was considered to be one of the best World Cup songs.
#16. Wheels On The Bus
Uploaded: August 9, 2014
This first non-music video on this list is also a song, but for kids. The original track is a United Kingdom folk song. This funny song is often sung by children on bus trips to keep themselves amused.
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#17. Psy – Gentleman
Uploaded: April 13, 2013
“Gentleman” is the followup on “Gangnam Style”opening the list. On the release the singer tweeted: “I’m a mother f••••• gentleman”. Then the obscured word was replaced by “father”. The music video has set YouTube records for most views in its first 24 hours, most views in any 24 hours, fastest music video to reach 100 million views, fastest overall video to reach 200 million views, and 300 million views.
#18. Masha and The Bear (Episode 17)
Uploaded: January 31, 2012
“Masha and The Bear” is an animated television series based on a Russian folk tale with the same name. The series focuses on the adventures of a little girl Masha and the bear, her friend. Many of the episodes have become popular on YouTube. In particular, number 17 “Recipe For Disaster” has received over 870 million views.
#19. Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor ft. Pitbull
Uploaded: March 3, 2011
Commercially, “On the Floor” is J.Lo’s most successful single to date. The song features not only Pitbull’s rap, but also incorporates a sample of the 1989 hit “Lambada”. The music video shows a Los Angeles underground club culture where Lopez portrays a “queen of the nightclub”.
#20. Charlie Bit My Finger – Again!
Uploaded: May 22, 2007
This funny video was no more than an attempt of a father to capture his boys growing up. But now their whole family is famous as the video went viral and the channel got millions of subscribers.
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