Amazingly, YouTube has only been a part of our culture since 2005. Years ago, the web looked completely different. Regarding site servers and P2P networks like LimeWire and Kazaa, video files were huge and sluggish. YouTube’s expertise is in making video sharing and viewing easier and faster. As a result, it has become the second most-visited website in the world (after Google, of course).
Like Instagram’s most popular users, celebrities have risen and fallen thanks to the site. Many YouTube videos have entered the collective consciousness across national boundaries, linguistic barriers, and cultural divides. Who doesn’t remember “Charlie Bit Me” or the infectious chorus of “Gangnam Style?”
Pexeso found in 2016 that just 4.3% of all videos on YouTube are musical performances. Only 11% of viewers watch it. A huge number of individuals see very few music videos. Thus, it’s not surprising that music videos make up many of YouTube’s top 100 most-viewed videos.
However, gaming channels make up a disproportionate share of paid subscriptions.
This article looks at the 15 videos that have received the most views on YouTube.
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#1.Otto the skateboarding bulldog
A milestone in Otto’s life was when his future owners, Luciana Viale and Robert Rickards, watched films of Tillman, the fastest dog on a skateboard until his untimely death in 2015.
In light of Tillman’s abilities, they decided to adopt a Bulldog of their own.
Skating, surfing, and playing football were just a few of the many activities that the cute dog quickly mastered.
When Luciana and Otto were kids, she witnessed her dog coming at her on a skateboard so quickly that she had to spread her legs so he could pass.
Luciana came up with the idea to break the human tunnel record this way.
Intriguingly, Otto isn’t the only Bulldog in the family that enjoys skating;, his closest friend and roommate, Lola, shares his home and loves to skate alongside him.
The amazing Otto has brought Luciana and Robert a wide circle of friends for whom they are eternally thankful.
In the years after he set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records, Otto has used his celebrity to advocate for animal welfare and encourage others to adopt shelter pets.
In addition to his extraordinary record-breaking abilities, Otto has volunteered with organizations that help the poor and visited children with cancer.
He recently appeared in an advertisement for a Swiss high-visibility apparel company, where he skated with illuminated wheels to demonstrate his prowess.
Video views- 22,897,809 since July 2007
Language – English
Video Origin – California
#2. BBC News Interview Interrupted by Children
When his children’s comedic interruption of a TV interview went viral, Robert Kelly stops to think back. James is bored and has been playing on his father’s office floor. To which he responds, “Hey, Daddy’s on the phone, little buddy,” which Kelly explains to him. James, however, would not listen; he is alone and exhausted. He’s allowed to sit on dad’s knee as the rest of his newest interview plays out.
Kelly, 45, is a professor at the University of Southern California and a leading authority on North Korean affairs. He and his wife, Jung-a Kim, and children Marion, 4, and James routinely gave interviews to international media outlets from their residence in Busan. He would close himself off in his study for the actual interviews. “I completely forgot about it this time,” he admits.
Kelly, a professor of political science at Pusan National University, dressed up for an appearance on BBC World News to discuss the impeachment of South Korea’s president. Jung-a Kim was attempting to videotape it on TV in their living room for Kelly’s documentation when the kids wriggled out of her hands. Together with a worldwide audience that would soon expand across social media, the pair watched what occurred next on their screens.
53,969,264 views since March 10, 2017
Language – English
Video Origin – BBC News
#3. Psy’s “Gangnam Style”
South Korean rapper Psy’s debut single off his sixth studio album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1, “Gangnam Style,” was released on July 15, 2012, by YG Entertainment (Ssai Yukgap Part 1). Korea coined the name “Gangnam Style” to describe an aesthetic popular in the Gangnam neighborhood of Seoul.
Mixing plaudits for its catchy beat and Psy’s humorous dancing throughout live performances in several locales worldwide in the music video, “Gangnam Style” debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Chart.
In August 2012, both the song and its music video went viral and had a significant impact on culture throughout the world. The American high point for “Gangnam Style” on the Billboard Hot 100 was at #2. Including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, “Gangnam Style” topped the music charts in more than 30 nations by the end of 2012. The dance performed by Psy in the song video quickly gained widespread popularity.
The Guinness World Records book acknowledged “Gangnam Style” in September 2012 as the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. The next year, it took home the trophy for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards. It sparked several parodies and video responses from people, groups, and institutions. YouTube’s first video to hit 1 billion views was “Gangnam Style,” which happened on December 21, 2012.
#4.10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman
Actress Shoshana Roberts, then 24 years old, stars in a video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” produced by Rob Bliss Creative for Hollaback! in October 2014. Roberts may be seen in the video wearing jeans and a black crewneck T-shirt while a concealed camera records her from the front. There are reportedly 108 incidents of street harassment and “catcalls” directed at Roberts by men that were condensed into the two-minute film. People greeting Roberts, making remarks about her attractiveness, attempting to strike up conversations with her, making furious comments, and guys following her for several minutes were all examples of these actions. The video’s September 2021 YouTube view count is over 50 million.
#5. “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
Wiz Khalifa’s new single, “See You Again,” features Charlie Puth. The actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on November 30, 2013, inspired its inclusion on the soundtrack of the 2015 film Furious 7. On March 10, 2015, the song was released in the United States as the album’s lead single. Puth’s debut album, Nine Track Mind, featured the song as a bonus track on its worldwide edition.
In addition to being Khalifa’s biggest hit to date, “See You Again” also became Puth’s. It topped the UK Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks and spent 12 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 (matching Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” for the second longest-running rap number-one hit in the country). In addition to becoming number one in those two nations, it also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Before “Drag Me Down” by One Direction, this song had the most daily listens in the United States on Spotify. As of this writing, it holds the record for the most weekly streams globally and in the UK.
#6.Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories
Children have been singing and dancing to “Baby Shark” over campfires since at least the turn of the century. In 2016, “Baby Shark” skyrocketed to fame after a cover of the song by South Korean entertainment group Pinkfong, accompanied by a music video posted to YouTube, quickly became a phenomenon throughout social media, online videos, and radio. Around November 2020, Pinkfong’s cover surpassed 7 billion views, making it the most-watched video in YouTube history. A milestone of 10 billion views was reached in January of 2022, making it the first video on YouTube.
#7. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
Have you moved on from the Spanish-language smash hit by Luis Fonsi (Fonsi!) and Daddy Yankee? We are, too. Despite having a Bieber remix, the original version was the most popular for quite some time (until “Baby Shark Dance” took over). Is it fair to state that this is the best original track on the album? The album from 2017 (probably stuck in your brain right now) became a worldwide smash, and it’s still one of the top pop songs in the world today, five years later. YouTube undoubtedly had a significant impact on that achievement.
#8. Maroon 5- Sugar
Maroon 5 recorded Sugar for their fifth studio album, “V.” On January 13, 2015, it was released as a single.
In the United States, it reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
For the song video, the group collaborated with David Dobkin, a film director. This video was inspired by his last film, “Wedding Crashers,” which he directed.
The band plays a medley of weddings they crashed in Los Angeles. There was no staging involved. In the footage, Maroon 5 can be seen really interrupting several wedding ceremonies. In truth, the grooms were all given early notice and asked whether they would be willing to have an unnamed but well-known band play at their weddings, but no one else involved in the ceremonies had any idea. Having Adam Levine perform at their nuptials must have come as quite a surprise to the brides.
The production crew contacted Los Angeles area wedding planners in order to source appropriate ceremonies for the video.
All in all, it was a great time for the band. There was concern that they would steal the spotlight on others’ special days. A few of the grooms had second thoughts and needed convincing before they would agree to participate.
But the shock was well received by everybody. Adam Levine said, “I felt like I was floating over my body. Never did I expect to be so moved by the responses we got from the couples and guests.
#9. Johny Johny Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids
The grandpa’s farm and the family’s house in a lovely neighborhood in the suburbs serve as the primary settings for Johny and his pals’ musical adventures, encouraging steady and solid growth.
Little Johnny is a happy, curious, and the adventurous little guy. But nothing beats the fun he has with his sister Mary and their family dog, Max.
#10. ALS ice bucket challenge 2014
If your Facebook feed is anything like mine has been as of late, you’ve undoubtedly seen a lot of videos of pals doing the #IceBucketChallenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge aims to bring attention to Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal neurodegenerative condition that primarily affects the central nervous system and for which there is presently no treatment or cure.
This movement was launched by a 28-year-old guy in Massachusetts diagnosed with the illness in 2012. He issued a challenge, asking his pals to dip their heads in a bucket of ice water, film the experience, and donate $10 to ALS research or give $100 instead of participating. The challenge quickly went viral on the internet and has since taken on a life of its own.
#11. “Phonics Song with Two Words” by ChuChu TV
The same video that knocked “Gangnam Style” and our old friend Psy out of the top 10 is now a meteoric rise to the top. Sadly, it is again another video aimed at kids. But this one has some educational value: You get the concept; A for Apple, C for Cat, U for Uncle, etc. To education, then!
#12. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
‘Shape of You,’ Ed Sheeran’s current single, is not only a huge smash in a lot of countries (it’s at the top of the charts in more than 10), but its official music video is also making the rounds online. Over 453,000 people have seen the video since it was posted on YouTube a little over an hour ago, and another 500 people are doing so every second.
The song and the music video for “Shape of You” by Sheeran are fantastic. In it, the singer meets a woman while working out at a boxing gym and begins to develop romantic feelings for her. They get close, but she eventually goes, and now Ed is devoting himself fully to training to forget her.
Soon, though, he’ll be back, dressed as a big guy and facing off against the Sumo wrestler Yama. One who can easily take him down in the ring.
Even though Sheeran is a feminist, he has no difficulty bringing back his ex-girlfriend, who kills Yama with a Kung Fu kick to the skull. In his bulky costume, Sheeran is helpless as he rolls about on the floor.
#13. “Roar” by Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s “Roar” is featured on her new album Prism, her fourth overall. On August 10, 2013, it was issued as the album’s lead single. Songwriter Bonnie McKee collaborated with Perry on the track, while producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut were also involved. It’s a power pop tune with arena rock overtones and lyrics about finding one’s strength.
To promote the track, Perry has given performances under the Brooklyn Bridge after the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, on The X Factor Australia, in the Sydney Opera House at the end of October 2013, and on the German TV show Schlag den Raab. Grady Hall and Mark Kudsi made the music video, which shows Perry getting used to life in the jungle and training a tiger after he survives an airplane crash. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
#14 “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s second studio album features the song “Thinking Out Loud” (2014). Sheeran and Amy Wadge co-wrote the music, while longtime colleague Jake Gosling handled production. On September 24, 2014, it was released in the United States as the album’s third single.
After spending 19 weeks in the top 40, the song reached number one in early November 2014, becoming Sheeran’s second consecutive UK number-one hit. The track peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. It has been number one in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and South Africa. Until 2017, when “Shape of You” topped the charts in both nations, it was Sheeran’s highest-charting single in North America.
3,51,36,20,837 views since 07-Oct-2014
Language – English
Another music video that shows YouTube’s global reach is Bailando.
Bailando was included in Enrique Iglesias’s tenth studio album, “Sex and Love,” released in 2014.
Many renditions of the song were recorded by him. Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, both Cubans, contributed vocals to the original Spanish version. Jamaican musician Sean Paul sings on a Spanglish version. There are two Portuguese recordings by Enrique Iglesias, each with a distinct set of guest vocalists for a certain target audience.
The soap opera Reina de Corazones features the song as its theme song in its original Spanish form.
A video was made for each of the four different versions of the song. The music videos for both the Spanish and Spanglish versions of the song were shot in the capital city of the Dominican Republic.
Over 2.4 million people have seen the Spanish language version. It has also been seen 250 million times in its Spanglish iteration.
3,29,03,90,322 views since 11-Apr-2014
Language – Spanish
Thus, there are likely many more videos where your interest is that should have been included. Leave a comment below and let us know.
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