Top 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all-time
Don’t you believe us? Watch. From the inescapable “Baby Shark Dance” (do-do, do-do-do-do) to Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran, these are the most-viewed YouTube videos ever.
Have we been watching YouTube since 2005? Back then, the internet was a whole different world. Videos were huge, slow-to-load files on-site backends and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks like LimeWire and Kazaa. YouTube made video faster and easier to watch, so it’s now the second most visited site after parent company, Google.
We’ve made (and unmade) celebrities on Instagram, and YouTube videos have become part of our shared history, bridging borders, cultures, and languages — who doesn’t remember “Charlie Bit Me” or “Gangnam Style”? We don’t just watch and find videos on YouTube anymore — we talk to each other on YouTube.
According to Google, YouTube users watch over one billion hours of video a day. Wow, that’s a lot of videos. Here are the 10 most-viewed YouTube videos, including Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark Dance,” which recently broke the 10 billion views.
Top 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time
1. “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong (10.6 billion views)
Those who had kids and those who didn’t know Baby Shark. Do, do-do-do-do. It’s near impossible to find someone who didn’t hear this song. We are most familiar with Pinkfong’s version, part of Smart Study, a South Korean entertainment company. Four years after it came out, it surpassed “Despacito” as the most viewed video title in 2020. It became the first YouTube video to pass 10 billion views on 13 January 2022. It doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. So, get used to it. Do, do-do-do.
2. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee (7.8 billion views)
Are you still jamming to Luis Fonsi (Fonsi!) and Daddy Yankee’s Spanish-language slapper in 2022? So do we. Even though it got a Bieber remix, it was the original version that long held the top spot (before being displaced by “Baby Shark Dance”). Would we say it’s the real top song on the list? In 2017, the song became a global hit. It’s still one of pop music’s biggest hits five years later. YouTube played a massive part in that success.
3. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids (6.3 billion views)
“Johny Johny Yes Papa” turns the familiar “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” melody into a story about family lies and sugar abuse, which got plenty of memes on Twitter and YouTube. “Billion Surprise Toys,” an Indian YouTube channel, went for total virality by adding “Baby Shark” references and “Gangnam Style” dance moves. It’s been called “disturbing” and “nonsensical,” and yeah, yeah. See for yourself if you’re into that sort of thing.
4. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (5.7 billion views)
It’s a real song, so breathe a sigh of relief. Hi, Ed Sheeran! From his 2017 album, Divide, this track’s a hit everywhere it’s played, and his social media presence makes it no surprise that this song would do well on YouTube. For more Ed, “Thinking Out Loud” and “Perfect” also rank among YouTube’s top 30 most-viewed, respectively, at #18 and #28.
5. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (5.4 billion views)
Even if you haven’t watched your way through the Fast and the Furious franchise, you ought to be familiar with “See You Again.” It’s the emotional finale track from Furious 7. It’s got Charlie Puth on piano and vocals and rapper Wiz Khalifa on heartfelt verses.
6. “Bath Song” by Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes (5.3 billion views)
The bottom five of the most-viewed YouTube videos is a strange journey into the uncanny valley. Ready? The bath song flips a few tracks — “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and, yes, “Baby Shark Dance” — to over five billion views. There’s a big message in it, but it’s also creepy.
7. “Phonics Song with Two Words” by ChuChu TV (4.5 billion views)
The same video that once edged out our old friend Psy and “Gangnam Style” out of the top ten is skyrocketing to the top. Yes, it’s another children’s video. But, it’s educational: A is for apple, C is for cat, U is for uncle; you get the idea.
8. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (4.5 billion views)
It’s still going well for music! After winning Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” breaks up the madness of the remaining entries on this list.
9. “Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm” by Miroshka TV (4.5 billion views)
Apparently, for kids, this creepy Russian video teaches them about the six essential (?) colors, black, brown, pink, white, red, and blue, set to “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” How does that work? A man splits his head with little eggs, and for whatever reason, the fourth egg looks sinister. Great stuff.
10. “Masha and The Bear – Recipe for Disaster” by Get Movies (4.5 billion views)
Was the internet a bad idea? Maybe, but it’s Masha and The Bear, and don’t take my word for it; you can see why Russian psychologists think it’s “harmful” for children’s minds in this video. With 4.5 billion views, Masha severely disrupts the life of her bear companion. No lessons are learned, and everything works out in the end.
(Lead image: Ed Sheeran / Getty )