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YouTube: the most watched music videos of all time

It’s been 10 years since Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the first video in YouTube history to reach one billion views, making it the site’s first-ever member of the Billion Views Club.

The iconic music video has since been followed by hundreds of other memorable music videos for joining the club, including Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, a-ha’s “Take On Me”, Katy Perry’s “Roar”, “Nothing Metallica’s Else Matters”, Eilish’s Billie “Bad Guy”, and the club’s most recent entry, Coolio’s 90s hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”.

Kevin Meenan, YouTube Music Trends Manager Talk about the honorary band and its significance, explaining, “The Billion Views Club represents the diverse mix of global sounds and voices that have helped make YouTube the home of music.”

“The listing is a reminder of the power of visual association with a great song, with the music video – alongside features like premieres and shorts – serving as the ultimate way for artists to share their art and vision directly with the fans,” he continued.

In honor of the “Gangnam Style” video milestone and the hundreds of others who have since joined the club, here’s The YouTube list music videos that have earned their rightful place.

The most watched music videos of all time

  1. Luis Fonsi – “Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee” – 7.9 billion views.
  2. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You (official music video)” – 5.7 billion views.
  3. Wiz Khalifa – “See You Again ft. Charlie Puth (Official Video) Furious 7 Soundtrack” – 5.5 billion views.
  4. Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars” – 4.6 billion views.
  5. PSY — “GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V” — 4.4 billion views.

The fastest music videos to reach 1 billion views

  • Adele — “Hello” — 88 days.
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You (official music video)” – 97 days (tied).
  • Luis Fonsi – “Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee” – 97 days (tied).
  • J Balvin, Willy William — “Mi Gente (official video)” — 103 days.
  • Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato — “Échame La Culpa (official video)” — 111 days.

Artists with the most official music video entries in the Billion Views Club