Despacito overtakes ‘See you again’ to become the most viewed youtube video ever. Now the wait is for the 3 billion mark.
In 2014 Gangnam Style’s view count eventually got so big that YouTube had to upgrade its counter from a 32-bit integer to a 64-bit integer as it was the first video to reach the mark of 2 billion views. Now in 2017 a couple of videos have crossed the 2 billion mark, Despacito being the fastest with 2.98 billion views and the video was just released in Jan this year. Soon it is going to cross the 3 billion mark and make a history again.
If you take a look at the Top 10 most viewed Youtube videos it reveals that nearly all of them are recent music videos except one which is a Russian cartoon with 2.3 billion views. Infact out of the 69 videos included in ‘Billion View Club’ there are only 3 such videos that are not music videos.
Justin Bieber is the only artist to have four videos exceeding one billion views and Taylor Swift is the only artist to have two videos exceeding two billion views.
Below is the most-viewed Youtube video list with an option to download youtube videos and some interesting facts regarding each one of them.
1. Despacito — Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
Views : 2,983,195,239
Uploaded: Jan 2017
Despacito became the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) in 1996. It is the fastest video to reach the 2 billion mark in just 154 days. And yet the trend is not over. Despacito is still trending and is viral among the social networks. It would be no surprise if Despacito becomes the first video to reach the 3 billion mark on youtube.
2. See You Again — Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
Views : 2,948,076,774
Upload Date : April 2015
See You Again became both Khalifa’s and Puth’s biggest single to date. It spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100, tying Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and The Black Eyed Peas’s “Boom Boom Pow” for the longest-running rap number-one single in the country, and topped the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
The song is a tribute to Paul Walker in the movie Fast & Furious 7 as he died of a car accident in mid of the shooting for the movie.
3. Gangnam Style — Psy
Views : 2,895,111,556
Uploaded : July 2012
Gangnam style was the first video to reach the 1 billion and the 2 billion mark on Youtube and it was then youtube had to upgrade its counter from a 32-bit integer to a 64-bit integer.
It has been on no. 1 position of the most viewed youtube videos list for nearly 5 years consecutively.
4. Sorry — Justin Bieber
Views : 2,637,812,839
Uploaded : Oct 2015
Sorry is a plea for a chance to apologize to a lover, with Bieber asking forgiveness and a second chance to redeem himself. Commercially,the song topped the charts of thirteen countries. It spent 7 weeks at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and 3 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
5. Uptown Funk — Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Views : 2,551,774,098
Uploaded : Nov 2014
Several music critics noted uptown funk‘s similarity with popular music from the 1980s. The song features heavy inspiration from the Minneapolis sound of 1980s-era. It became the second best-selling single of 2015 and one of the best-selling of all-time.
The song won two Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year.
6. Masha and the Bear — Get Movies
Views : 2,312,862,348
Upload date: Jan 31, 2012
The only video which is not a music video in the 2 billion club. The video is a Russian animated television series loosely based on the oral children’s folk story of the same name. The show focuses on the adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear that always keeps her from disasters.
7. Shake It Off — Taylor Swift
Views : 2,250,476,512
Upload Date : Aug,2014
Shake It Off debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending September 6, 2014, becoming Swift’s second number-one single in the United States. The song won Favorite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, and also received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
8. Sugar — Maroon 5
Uploaded: Jan 2015
The video featured a surprise entry of Maroon 5 in real weddings which created a buzz on the internet “whether the Maroon 5 ‘Sugar‘ music video is real”. Several sources claimed that the video was allegedly staged and filmed but some said that few of the weddings were real.
9. Roar — Katy Perry
Views : 2,131,797,157
Uploaded : Sep 2013
The song topped the charts in 14 countries and, by the end of 2013, sold 9.9 million units (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) globally according to the IFPI. Roar has sold 10 million copies in the US making it her record-breaking 3rd single and the only artist in history to go Diamond status by RIAA, over 1 million in the UK.
10. Blank Space — Taylor Swift
Views : 2,102,525,108
Uploaded : Nov 2014
Blank Space reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 following “Shake It Off”. Swift became the first woman in the Hot 100’s 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot. Blank Space is an electropop song with lyrics that satirize the media’s perception of Swift and her relationships.
11. Lean On — Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MØ
Views : 2,102,381,118
Uploaded : March 2015
Lean On was named by Spotify as the most streamed song of all time, and has over 1 billion streams globally as of June 2017. The video was shot in India and was inspired by a previous tour Major Lazer embarked on in the country.
12. All About That Bass — Meghan Trainor
Views : 2,016,987,809
Uploaded : June 2014
Lyrically the song discusses positive body image. With 16 weeks in total it holds the record for total most weeks in number one at the Slovenian official singles charts “SloTop50”. Several publications included it among the best songs of 2014 and received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It spent eight weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in other twenty countries.
13. Hello — Adele
Views : 2,007,010,808
Uploaded : Oct 2015
Hello reached number one in almost every country it charted in. The music video for the song broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span as well as the record for the shortest time to reach 1 billion YouTube views (88 days). At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, “Hello” won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.
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