Music is incomplete without a clip. Ask any music fanatic and they’ll tell you that a video takes a song’s creative reach to a whole new level. When it comes to videos, the only platform that comes to mind is YouTube. This video sharing platform has revolutionized the accessibility of music videos for people around the world who do not wish to depend on digital media or television to satisfy their visual consumption of these accompanying videos.
There are thousands of downloads every day on the platform, but only a handful make it to the prestigious billion-view club. In the breaking news, the music video for Whitney Houston’s iconic track, “I Will Always Love You,” has gone over the top. If the trends are to be followed, in recent years, among the most watched videos were those related to music. The trend of music videos dominating the top spots on YouTube took off after Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ music video.
The billion views club
This term refers to all those videos on YouTube that have managed to surpass one billion views since the time they were first uploaded to the platform. December 2012 was a pivotal year for this particular metric when Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the very first video in YouTube history to cross the billion mark. However, the trend accelerated quite quickly and in October of the same year, ten videos garnered over a billion views. This has continued to grow over the years with over 100 such videos with over 1 billion views on YouTube. “Gangnam Style” crossed $ 2 billion in 2014, another landmark achievement in YouTube’s legacy, and the rest followed.
The following lists the 5 most viewed music videos on the platform. Each of these videos has managed to garner billions of views.
‘Baby Shark Dance’ by Pinkfong Children’s Songs & Stories (9.3 billion)
With 9.3 billion weird views, the music video for children’s anthem, “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Kids, marks history as the most-viewed music video on the platform. A children’s clip is a combination that was supposed to generate a high number of views anyway. Since its release a few years ago, it has become a hit not only among kids and parents, but also for people who just want to have carefree fun remembering times gone by.
Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” ft. Daddy Yankee (7.5 billion)
This track, upon its initial release about four years ago, sent huge waves of engagement from global audiences. People sang this song in every nook and cranny of the world despite language barriers. The chorus seemed to capture pop culture and how! Over time, it has garnered 7.5 billion views on YouTube, making it second on this prestigious list. To make the song even more popular with audiences, an English version of the song starring Justin Bieber was released soon after. The track exploded as a surprise and continues to be one of the greatest pop hits of contemporary times.
LooLoo Kids’ “Johny Johny Yes Papa” (5.7 billion)
It’s a proven fact that children’s music videos are a huge hit on YouTube. Stealing third position in this countdown is the music video for the very famous nursery rhyme, “Johny Johny Yes Papa”. With 5.7 billion views under its wings, it captured the attention of YouTube viewers in a very short period of time. The video is animated accompanied by the classic nursery anthem. Fun fact, the song’s video also reached its viral status as a result of the various memes invited by the bordering on bizarre and surreal video.
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (5.4 billion)
Ed Sheeran steals fourth place with 5.4 billion views against the music video for the most successful song of his career, “Shape of You”. Looks like his music videos are gaining popularity on YouTube. Joining the Billion Club is another of his hit videos, “Thinking out Loud” at $ 3.3 billion.
‘See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth (5.2 billion)
Wiz Khalifa proves once again that the coarse sensuality of his voice and his collective presence are a successful duo. This time he collaborates with artist Charlie Puth to create the biggest hit of his career. As one of the 5 most watched music videos on the platform with viewership surpassing 5.2 billion, he’s here to stay and rule the hip hop game with his creative advice.
This countdown lists all the music videos that are currently in the top 5 views position. But one thing should be remembered that all are replaceable and it is only a matter of time the list will be scrambled or redecorated with new music. This is the path to the top 5 YouTube and also, to life. Listen to these songs to indulge in the current pop cultural and musical resurgence in which we live.
Alicia Parker is a fashion enthusiast who studies at the University of California. She contributes to the Daily Music Roll as a music blogger and writes a daily review of various music.