Top 10 Most Viewed Music Videos On YouTube in 2020

Music videos in particular have enjoyed great success on the streaming site and are now the majority of the most-viewed videos in YouTube’s history. YouTube is home to some of the most viewed videos of all time. If you’re looking for the secret sauce of the most viral videos on the planet, you might find want to check out some of these videos.

As of 27th August 2020, here are the top ten most viewed music videos of all time on YouTube:

1. Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee (6.9 billion views)

Artist: Luis Fonsi
Featured artist: Daddy Yankee
Album: Vida
Released: 2017
Awards: Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year

Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee: Top 10 Most Viewed Music Videos On YouTube in 2020

"Despacito" is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee from Fonsi's 2019 studio album Vida. Released on January 12, 2017, the song was written by Fonsi, Erika Ender, and Daddy Yankee, and produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. A remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the song's chart performance in numerous countries, including various number-one positions. "Despacito" has been widely credited by music journalists as being instrumental in popularizing Spanish-language pop music in the mainstream market again.

The song topped the charts of 47 countries and reached the top 10 of six others. In the United States, it became the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Los del Río's "Macarena" in 1996, subsequently tying the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time with 16 weeks, as well as becoming the longest-running number-one on the Hot Latin Songs chart with 56 weeks. It also became the first Latin song to receive a diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The music video shows both artists performing the song in La Perla neighborhood of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and local bar La Factoría. It is the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time since August 2017. It became the first video on the site to reach the milestones of three, four, five, and six billion views.

2. Ed Sheeran - Shape of You (4.9 billion views)

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: Divide
Released: 2017
Genre: Pop
Awards: Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance

"Shape of You" peaked at number-one on the singles charts of 34 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 (later becoming the best performing song of 2017), as well as the UK, Australian and Canadian singles charts. It stayed at number one for a record-tying 16 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100, as well as 14 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and 12 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. On 10 December 2018, the song became the first song to hit 2 billion streams and the most streamed song on Spotify. It was also the most-streamed song of the decade on Spotify with 2.4 billion streams by December 2019. It was the best-selling song of 2017 and the decade in the UK. "Shape of You" was the best selling-song of 2017 and the best selling digital song worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 26.6 million units according to IFPI. In 2018, it sold an additionally 14.9 million copies and made a second appearance in the Billboard year-end chart, at No. 71. In 2019, it was named the number-one song on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart of the 2010s decade.

3. Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth (4.6 billion views)

Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Featured artist: Charlie Puth
Album: Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released: 2015
Awards: Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song

"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" for the second longest-running rap number-one single in the country behind Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road", and topped the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks. It also reached number one in several other countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. The song held the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States, until it was surpassed by One Direction's "Drag Me Down". It set the record for most streams in a single week worldwide, and in the United Kingdom also in a single week.

The music video was the most viewed video on YouTube from July 10 to August 4, 2017. "See You Again" received three nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It was also shortlisted for the Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. "See You Again" was the best selling-song of 2015 worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 20.9 million units according to IFPI.

4. Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (3.9 billion views)

Artist: Mark Ronson
Featured artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Uptown Funk
Released: 2014
Genres: Funk, Boogie, Pop

"Uptown Funk" is a song by British record producer Mark Ronson from his fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015), featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars.

Director Cameron Duddy and Mars shot the song's music video depicting Ronson, Mars and The Hooligans singing, walking and dancing in a city street. As of July 2020, the official music video for "Uptown Funk" is the sixth most viewed YouTube video, of all-time and it has received 3.9 billion views. "Uptown Funk" was performed on television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. It received several awards and nominations, winning British Single of the Year at the 2015 Brit Awards, International Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2016 and Record of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The television show soundtrack of Glee, and commercials for L'Oreal's Garnier line and Skippy peanut butter used the song. It has been parodied several times and became a worldwide phenomenon with a major impact on pop culture.

5. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (3.7 billion views)

Artist: PSY
Genres: K-pop, Electro house, Dance-pop

"Gangnam Style" is a song by South Korean musician Psy, released on 15 July 2012 by YG Entertainment as the lead single of his sixth studio album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1. A K-pop and dance-pop song, the term "Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul.

"Gangnam Style" debuted at number one on South Korea's Gaon Chart. The song and its music video went viral in August 2012 and have influenced popular culture worldwide. In the United States, "Gangnam Style" peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100, the highest by a Korean act. By the end of 2012, "Gangnam Style" had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

6. Justin Bieber - Sorry (3.3 billion views)

Initial release: 22 October 2015
Directors: Zach King, Parris Goebel
Producers: Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Scooter Braun

Commercially, the song topped the charts of thirteen countries. It spent seven weeks at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and three weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; "Sorry" was replaced by third single "Love Yourself" on the chart dated February 13, 2016, making Bieber the 12th act in the Hot 100's history to succeed himself at number one. He also accomplished the same feat in the United Kingdom, becoming the third act ever to self-replace at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Globally, the song became one of the best selling digital music releases with over 10 million in sales in 2016 alone.

7. Maroon 5 - Sugara (3.2 billion views)

Artist: Maroon 5
Released: January 13, 2015
Recorded: July 2014
Genre: Disco, funk-pop, soul

"Sugar" is a song which is recorded by American band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album V (2014). It was written by Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the third single from the album on January 13, 2015. "Sugar" is a disco, funk-pop, and soul song that features a wide range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and guitars. Commercially, the song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band's third top 10 single from V, and eighth consecutive top 10 entry. "Sugar" is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.

8. Katy Perry - Roar (3.1 billion views)

Artist: Katy Perry
Album: Prism
Released: 2013
Genre: Pop
Nominations: Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance, CMT Music Award for CMT Performance of the Year

The song was a commercial success, topping charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovenia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By the end of 2013, "Roar" had sold over 9.9 million units (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) globally according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). "Roar" has sold over 6 million copies in the US, over 1 million in the United Kingdom, and was Australia's best-selling female song of the year with 560,000 copies sold within that time. When "Roar" was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Perry became the first artist to have three Diamond certified singles in the country, the other being "Firework" and "Dark Horse". In February 2020, the music video for "Roar" reached 3 billion views, becoming the first female-centered video to reach the milestone in YouTube's history.

9. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (3 billion views)

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: ×
Released: 2014
Awards: Grammy Award for Song of the Year
Genres: Blue-eyed soul, Pop

In the UK, the song spent 19 weeks within the top 40 before peaking at number one in early November 2014; it became Sheeran's second number one single there. The single has also reached the top spot in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia and South Africa, and peaked at number two on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. It was Sheeran's highest-charting single in North America until "Shape of You" topped the charts in both countries in 2017.

In June 2015, "Thinking Out Loud" became the first single to spend a full year in the UK top 40. In September 2015, it also became the seventh single to have achieved triple platinum certification in the UK during the 21st century. In October 2015, the song became the first to be streamed over 500 million times on Spotify, is also one of the most streamed songs in the UK and has been viewed more than 3.0 billion times on YouTube as of May 2020.

10. OneRepublic - Counting Stars (3 billion views)

Artist: OneRepublic
Album: NOW: Los Éxitos del Año 2014
Released: 2014
Songwriter: Ryan Tedder
Recorded: August 2012

The song has been one of the band's most successful singles, reaching number one in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, number two in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries. It has sold over 1 million copies in the United Kingdom.

The song's accompanying music video, directed by James Lees, features the band performing in the ground floor of a building beneath an ongoing church congregation on the upper floor. As of July 2020, the video has received over 3 billion views on YouTube and is the 14th most watched video of all time on the site.


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