Video sharing website YouTube is one of the most popular ways to listen to music and watch videos online. Created in 2005 by former PayPal employees, the site was bought by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006.
The first online video to reach one billion views online was on YouTube back in 2012. Since then, dozens of videos have surpassed a billion views, and a handful have hit the two billion mark.
Here are the 10 most watched YouTube videos of all time, in ascending order:
10. ‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias
9. ‘Lean on’ by Major Lazer and DJ Snake
Released in March 2015, ‘Lean On’ featuring MØ has been watched 1.67 billion times, despite only reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The track is from Major Lazer’s third album and was the fifth best selling song in the world in 2015, with 13.1 million purchases.
8. Masha and the Bear ‘Recipe for disaster’ episode
The only video in the top 10 list that isn’t a music one is this episode of Russian children’s cartoon Masha and the Bear. Watched 1.67 billion times, the “Recipe for disaster” episode features Masha cooking too much porridge in the bear’s house. The series is popular around the world, including in Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. It is not clear why this episode has been watched so many more times than the others, the next most popular of which has 601 million views.
7. ‘Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift
Taylor has two videos that are in the top 10 list of the most watched YouTube posts of all time. This track, released in August 2014, has 1.67 billion views.
6. ‘Hello’ by Adele
The video for Adele’s “Hello” broke the Vevo record for streams within a 24 hour period when it was watched 27.7 million times in one day. The previous record holder was Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with 20.1 million watches. It also became the record holder for time to get to one billion views, which it did within 88 days. To date the track, which was released in 2015, has been watched 1.74 billion times.
5. ‘Blank space’ by Taylor Swift
Released 2014 as the second single on Swift’s 1989 album, “Blank Space” has been watched nearly 1.8 billion times. Described by PopMatters as “likely the best of Swift’s career”, the song peaked at number four in the UK Singles Char, where it stayed for two weeks.
4. ‘Sorry’ by Justin Bieber
YouTube star Justin Bieber replaced himself in the top 10 most watched videos when “Sorry” moved up and “Baby moved out. The 2015 track has been watched 1.88 billion times ,while “Baby”, the track that is to thank for Bieber’s fame, languishes with 1.46 billion views.
3. ‘Uptown funk’ by Mark Ronson
The official video for “Uptown funk” featuring Bruno Mars has been watched a few times more than Bieber’s “Sorry” with 1.89 billion views. Released in November 2014, the song won three Grammy awards. It hit a record 2.34 million listens in a week in the UK when it was released in January, before spending seven weeks as number one in the Singles Chart.
2. ‘See you again’ by Wiz Khalifa
The most popular music video in 2015, “See you again” featuring Charlie Puth has racked up 2.09 billion views since it was publish at the beginning of April 2015. The song, which was commissioned for the soundtrack to Furious 7, is a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013.
1. ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy
Cult classic “Gangnam Style” took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. The South Korean K-pop single was the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. Since then, it has now rocketed to 2.66 billion watches. The song topped the charts in more than 30 countries and even then-Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama were seen bopping with its iconic moves.