With Psy Dethroned, This is the New 'Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All-Time' List

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 12 Jul 2017

Psy has been dethroned as the king of YouTube and Gangnam Style is no longer the most viewed video on the platform. And unlike last year, when the list of "Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All-Time" was made up entirely of music videos, this year a cartoon has made in onto the list.

That being said, here is the new and updated list of the 10 most viewed YouTube videos. All of the videos embedded below have more than 2 billion views. That’s right, 2 billion views not 1 billion like last year’s chart.

Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All-Time

10. "Roar" by Katy Perry

"Roar" is the lead single from Katy Perry’s 4th studio album, "Prism". Released in September 2013, it sold more than 10 million copies, reached the top 5 in most international charts, topped the charts in 14 countries, received two Grammy nominations, broke through the 1 billion views barrier in 487 days, and currently has more than 2.13 billion views on YouTube.

Compared to last year’s list, "Roar" has dropped one position, from 9 to 10. And "Dark Horse", the Katy Perry music video that took the 7th spot on the list a year ago, has dropped to the 15th position on the list.

9. "Sugar" by Maroon 5

"Sugar" is the 3rd single from the band’s 5th studio album, "V". The song has sold more than 3.3 million copies in the US and currently has more than 2.15 billion views on YouTube.

This song wasn’t on the top 10 list a year ago.

8. "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona

Released as the 5th single from Enrique’s 2015 "Sex and Love" album, this song sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. It must be mentioned that alongside the original Spanish version, there’s an English version and two Portuguese versions. With more than 2.23 billion views, it’s the original Spanish version that’s the most popular.

Enrique’s "Bailando" took the 8th spot on last year’s list as well.

7. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

"Shake It Off" is the lead single from Taylor Swift’s 5th studio album, "1989". At the 2015 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance; and at the 2015 People's Choice Awards, it won Favorite Song. Right now, the song has more than 2.25 billion views on YouTube.

A year ago, the song took the 6th spot on the top 10 list. "Blank Space" the music video that held the 2nd spot last year has dropped to the 11th position on the list.

6. "Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster"

"Masha and the Bear" is a Russian animated series about an overactive little girl who frequently makes life hard for a fatherly bear. I for one knew nothing about this series until I had to babysit a friend’s kid. The video embedded above has more than 2.31 billion views on YouTube, even though it’s not from the official "Masha and the Bear" YouTube channel.

This is the official English channel and website. And this is the official Russian channel.

5. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

"Despacito" managed to get 1 billion views in 97 days, making it the 2nd-fastest video on YouTube to reach this impressive milestone (the first is Adele’s "Hello" which got its billionth view after 87 days). Right now, the reggaeton-pop song has more than 2.5 billion views.

This song wasn’t on the top 10 list a year ago.

4. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

"Uptown Funk" is the lead single from Mark Ronson’s 4th studio album, "Uptown Special". Named one of the biggest hits of the 2010s by Billboard, it won Two Grammys, received 5 nominations for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (and won Best Male Video), and racked up more than 2.55 billion views on YouTube so far.

Compared to last year’s top 10, nothing has changed for "Uptown Funk". It kept its position at 4th on the list.

3. "Sorry" by Justin Bieber

"Sorry" is the second single from Justin Bieber’s 4th studio album, "Purpose". Released in October 2015, it topped the charts in 13 countries, broke through 1 billion views in 137 days, and currently has more than 2.63 billion views on YouTube.

Justin Bieber made the top 10 list a year ago as well, but with another song: "Baby", which held the 5th position on the list.

2. “Gangnam Style" by Psy

Gangnam Style will forever be remembered as the first ever video to reach 1 billion views (in 158 days) and as the video that dethroned Justin Bieber’s "Baby” as the most-viewed video on YouTube. Although it currently has more than 2.89 billion views, it is no longer the king of YouTube. That title goes to…

1. "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

"See You Again" is currently the most liked, subscribed, and most viewed video on YouTube, with more than 2.9 billion views. Released in April 2015, it is a tribute to Paul Walker, the actor who died in a car accident before "Furious Seven", the 7th movie in Fast & Furious franchise hit theaters.

How long it takes to get a billion views

The amount of time it takes videos to hit 1 billion views keeps on getting shorter and shorter. Justin Bieber’s "Baby" needed 4 years to reach 1 billion views. Katty Perry’s "Roar" needed little over a year, mainly 487 days. Taylor Swift’s "Blank Space" did it in less than a year, in 238 days. Wiz Khalifa’s "See You Again" needed just 184 days and Adele’s "Hello" racked up 1 billion views in 87 days.

Getting 1 billion views is one thing, getting 2 billion is an entirely thing altogether. The music video that needed the least amount of time to reach 2 billion views is Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito" which did it in 154 days. Justin Bieber’s "Sorry" took 394 days, Wiz Khalifa’s "See You Again" took 515 days, Adele’s "Hello" took 620 days, and Psy’s "Gangnam Style" took 684 days to reach 2 billion views.

Check out this Wikipedia list if you’re interested in learning more about the most viewed videos on YouTube.

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