YouTube has become an integral part of our lives in the last 12 years, giving us a unique opportunity to share our videos. Ranging from music, tutorials, vlogs, to commentary and live-streaming – YouTube has it all and helps us immensely in gaining new knowledge and sharing our ideas.
Nowadays it may not seem that hard to gain a million views, with the increased traffic and all. But have you ever asked yourself – who are the best of the best, the absolute most popular music videos on YouTube, ever? If not, you’ll be amazed by this list, giving you an insight to the most popular
10. Katy Perry – Roar
Katy Perry has long ago established herself as one of the staples of today’s mainstream music scene. It was still amazing to see her almost crack the 2 billion views mark. Her songs were always catchy and contagious, but Roar takes the title of her best song.
In the amazing video, she ventures on a safari, washes the teeth of a crocodile, all while providing a strong statement about her fortitude and relentlessness. The most delightful thing is her paying homage to the legendary hit “Eye of the Tiger” by the band Survivor. No matter how many times you watch it, Katy battling a tiger never gets old!
9. Adele – Hello
Ever since the start of her career, Adele has captivated ears, hearts, and minds using the combination of her God-like voice and a mature stance towards former loves and episodes of broken hearts. What makes this song special is that it was her first single after a hiatus from music.
She takes on the prospect of one of the past episodes of her life, in an amazing visual that blends emotion and aesthetic. After two years, she returned better than ever and this song was just the beginning of her onslaught. When the chorus begins, nobody can really stay apathetic to the sheer power of this woman’s vocal chords.
8. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Lean On” feat. MØ
Major Lazer and DJ Snake have been known for a long time as leaders of the new ragga scene that has grown in recent years. They decided to film a unique and touching video in India, representing all the crucial elements of their culture. It was cleverly improvised and it went well, but nobody expected it to go this well.
The Danish up-and-coming singer, MØ, graces the track’s spotless production with her seductive and playful voice, giving viewers a unique chance to blend a catchy track with awesome visuals. We can’t wait for it to crack 2 billion views!
7. Enrique Iglesias, “Bailando (Español)” feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona
When it comes to Latin music, it’s safe to proclaim Enrique the most successful Spanish-speaking artist of all time. He has broken all boundaries between genres and touched the hearts and minds of numerous people around the world.
In a song about dancing, Enrique incorporated a heart-moving rhythm along with brilliant features to cause us all to have a dancing fever and start dreaming about conquering the dance floor whenever we can. This is the latest song to crack the two billion view count and we can only see it rising further.
6. Taylor Swift – Shake it off
As all of her songs rotate about the image of a vengeful girlfriend reflecting on the past episodes of a failed relationship, this one is no different. While you may bash the material of the song, you have to praise the incredibly creative dance video.
Intricate dance formations and set-ups make this video a true masterpiece in terms of creativity and showing the true beauty of human movement to the music. It’s also one of the few music videos to perfectly blend the song and the video and it deserves all the praise for that achievement.
5. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
We have Taylor again, the only artist to feature two times on this list. It’s quite a feat and another testament to her popularity in recent years. This is another song about love, but it shows a more intricate music video conception about the genesis of love and its evolution in different conditions.
From the initial spark and the growing obsession to the final crumbling and realization that the connection is bound to break – this is a very depictive music video that truly deserves praise. Whether you love her or not, you have to give her credit for having brilliant ideas and knowing how to publish them.
4. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
As we step deeper into 2 billion territory, we encounter a song that surprised most people. It just appealed to everyone. Even old-school music fans that hated Bruno’s pop sound were delighted by the funky anthem that mixes the thrill of the 80s with some modern flavor.
Mark Ronson did an excellent job on the production and the video is everything that you ever wanted to see. Shiny suits and the epitome of funk and style, all while staying true to the musical roots of those who influenced them. Simple, but intricate at the same time – just how we like it.
3. Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Justin Bieber has always been known for having amazing fans and in this video, he decided to give them a unique opportunity to display their creativity and make the song even more amazing that it is. Multiple dance crews took part in it and certainly made it a work of art.
It seems that the top of this list is dominated by unorthodox solutions and ideas. This proves that true artistry isn’t merely in the money spent on the video, but in the idea that hides behind it. Biebs sure amazed us this time.
2. Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again” feat. Charlie Puth
This one is more touching that it should be. The world was shocked from top to bottom when Fast and Furious star Paul Walker passed away in a tragic accident and it shook everyone from top to bottom. The Fast and Furious team chose to keep him in the movie and honor him. And honor him they did.
The touching tribute shows Wiz Khalifa’s versatility, along with the angelic voice of Charlie Puth. The song is just flawless and a fitting tribute to a true legend.
1. PSY, “Gangnam Style”
PSY came out of nowhere and became an instant internet sensation and a wide-spread meme. The video is so intricate and mind-boggling, it’s no wonder it’s been able to gain almost 3 billion views! It did cost a lot of money, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen money better spent.
We’re yet to see if it will ever be dethroned, but it seems less likely every day. Until then, it’s your most popular video on YouTube, ever.