The list below shows you the current top ten most viewed YouTube videos. On July 10, 2017, "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth surpassed Gangnam Style by Psy to become the most viewed video on YouTube. Eight out of the current ten most viewed videos are from VEVO. Get Movies' "Masha and the Bear: The Recipe for Disaster" is the only non music video on the list and Psy's Officialpsy channel not being owned by VEVO. All the videos on this list have at least 2.1 billion views. The oldest video on this list is "Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster", and was uploaded on January 31, 2012 and the youngest being Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito " which was uploaded on January 12, 2017. Like these videos below, 58 others have reached 1 Billion views and 4 more have reached 2 Billion.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber holds the record as having the most videos exceeding 1 billion views which are four. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry hold the tied record as the only people and artists to have 2 videos exceeding 2 billion views. As well Katy was the first female artist to reach 1 billion views on a video with Swift doing the same but with 2 billion views.
Top Ten Most Viewed Videos On YouTube
See You Again surpassed current #2 "Gangnam Style" by PSY on July 10, 2017 .
Historical Most Viewed Videos On YouTube
Since the YouTube most viewed video charts appeared for the first time on the site on October 29, 2005, fourteen channels have had the previilge of having one of their videos as the most viewed video on YouTube. Since July 10, 2017, Wiz Khalifa's and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" music video is the most viewed on YouTube with nearly 3 billion views as of July 12, 2017.
The only video that has been the most viewed video on YouTube more than once is Judson Laipply's "Evolution Of Dance" video which has been the most viewed video three times. Larfus' I/0 Brush video is the YouTube video that has been the most viewed the least amount of time which was only two days back October 2005. "Gangnam Style" currently holds the record for longest time as the most viewed YouTube video with 1,689 days (4 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, and 1 Day).
Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" video is the first video to become the most viewed which is owned by VEVO, Justin Bieber being the only other artist to have one of his VEVO music videos be the most viewed on YouTube.
Including the ones above, six music videos have become the most viewed on YouTube with two comedy sketches, two music sketches, one Dance-a-long, one vlog, one digital painting video, and one sports related video which is also the only video to become the most viewed video on YouTube which is a commercial.
A majority of these videos have been from the United States with every video except "Gangnam Style" being in English. Every channel on the list are active except for Larfus, YouTubedude, mugenized, eggtea, CLARUSBARTEL72, and RCARecords.
|Uploader||Video Title||Video Genre||Channel Genre||Country||Date Uploaded||Date When It Became The Most Viewed Video||Approximate Views When It Became The Most Viewed Video||Deleted?||Days As The Most Viewed Video|
|Wiz Khalifa||See You Again||Music Video||Music||United States||April 6, 2015||July 10, 2017||2,894,000,000||No||Ongoing|
|officialpsy||Gangnam Style||Music Video||Music||South Korea||July 15, 2012||November 24, 2012||803,700,000||No||1,689|
|JustinBieberVEVO||Baby||Music Video||Music||Canada||February 19, 2010||July 16, 2010||245,400,000||No||862|
|LadyGagaVEVO||Bad Romance||Music Video||Music||United States||November 23, 2009||April 14, 2010||178,400,000||No||93|
|HDYCT||Charlie Bit My Finger||Vlog||Vlogs||United Kingdom||May 22, 2007||October 25, 2009||128,900,000||No||171|
|Judson Laipply||Evolution Of Dance||Dance-a-long||Dance-a-long||United States||April 6, 2006||May 2, 2009||118,900,000||No||176|
|RCARecords||Girlfriend||Music Video||Music||United States||February 27, 2007||July 17, 2008||92,600,000||Yes||289|
|Judson Laipply||Evolution Of Dance||Dance-a-long||Dance-a-long||United States||April 3, 2006||March 15, 2007||78,400,000||No||124|
|CLARUSBARTEL72||Music Is My Hot Hot Sex||Music Video||Unknown||Brazil||April 9, 2006||February 29, 2007||76,600,000||Yes||15|
|Judson Laipply||Evolution Of Dance||Dance-a-long||Dance-a-long||United States||April 3. 2006||May 19, 2006||10,600,000||No||651|
|Smosh||Pokemon Theme Music Video||Music Sketch||Sketch Comedy||United States||November 28, 2005||March 12, 2006||4,300,000||Yes||68|
|eggtea||MySpace: The Movie||Comedy Sketch||Unknown||Unknown||January 31, 2006||Febraury 18, 2006||2,700,000||Yes||22|
|mugenized||Phony Phone Prank||Comedy Sketch||Unknown||United States||December 1, 2005||January 21, 2005||3,400,000||Yes||28|
|YouTubebdude||The Chronic of Narnia Rap||Music Sketch||Unknown||Unknown||December 18, 2005||January 9, 2008||2,300,000||Yes||12|
|Nikesoccer||Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold||Sports/Commercial||Sports||United States||October 21, 2005||October 31, 2005||255,000||Yes||70|
|Larfus||I/0 Brush||Digital Painting||Unknown||Unknown||October 2, 2005||October 29, 2005||247,000||Yes||2|
Pokemon Theme Music Video
When Ian Hecox's and Anthony Padilla's Smosh's "Pokemon Theme Music Video" became the most viewed video on YouTube, it made the early channel become the most subscribed on May 17 of that year, as well making their channel become the most viewed throughout 2006.
Due to the over exposure and good reception of the video, the Smosh duo, who were 18 at the time, first gained media attention from online news articles such as the New York Times and Times Magazine and being on the evening news in the late summer of 2006 and was inspired to make sketch comedic videos and upload them on their channel, including Pokemon related videos on occasion.
In 2007, YouTube first opened it's adsense program in turn having Smosh paid to make these videos, it since becoming a career rather than a hobby for them.
The Pokemon Theme Video however was deleted somewhere between late 2006 to early 2007 after it receiving over 24.7 million views. On April 1, 2008, as apart of an April Fools joke to their fanbase, Smosh pretended they were getting sued by Nintendo's Pokemon company for copyright infringement (the reason the video was taken down) in a video and on their website, Smosh.com.
In November 2010, as apart of their five year anniversary since joining YouTube, they made a video explaining the whole story behind making the video, it's deletion and how they felt about it in the tune of the Pokemon Theme (to not get infringed like last time). Today, the video has over 30 million views, making it one of the most popular videos on their channel, like other Pokemon related videos they have made since then.
In 2015, Smosh released their first featured film, Smosh: The Movie where Hecox and Padilla go into YouTube to delete an embarrassing video of Padilla horribly singing and then backflipping to the Pocket Slave Theme Song (a parody to the Pokemon Theme Song) in a High School talent show to not only be reminded of at his High School reunion but to live a normal life as the video went viral and to get his crush since High School, Anna to like him.
Smosh has since been one of the most popular and successful YouTube channels of all time, has gotten many actors and actresses to join the channel along with an abundant crew and is currently the 8th most subscribed channel on YouTube with over 22.7 million subscribers, being the most subscribed twice more from April 26, 2007 to September 24, 2008 and January 12, 2013 to August 15, 2013.
Since it's deletion, many copies of the original video have been uploaded to YouTube with the video also being on other websites, some being from Smosh themselves.
Evolution of Dance
When Judson Laipply's "Evolution of Dance" video surpassed Smosh's "Pokemon Theme Music Video" on May 19, 2006, he then surpassed Smosh's channel in subscribers on June 12, 2006 to become the most subscribed person on YouTube.
Although holding the spot for a short time, Judson immediately after the video did interviews, went on television as a guest host or to reenact "Evolution of Dance", and attended YouTube events as one of it's prime guests. This helped his motivational speaking and dancing career be more respected and seen by more people.
For a while, the video was the most liked on YouTube until being surpassed by on. Since then, Judson has uploaded "Evolution of touchdown Dance" and 2 sequels to his "Evolution of Dance" video.
Arvil Lavinge's "Girlfriend" music video became the first YouTube video ever to reach 100 million views in August 2007, helping her single get many album buys as well as topping charts and lists.
Though the song and music video was very popular amongst the general public, due to ArvilBandAids, a fan site of Lavinge, having a link where the YouTube video would gain a view every fifteen seconds if clicked on, the video was removed by RCARecords in November 2009 to avoid more controversy.
The original video recieved around 130 million views at the time of it's deletion. VEVO channels debuted on May 11, 2009, with her channel being created on September 2, 2009. A month later, the video was uploaded with it now having 390 million views as of July 2017.
Charlie Bit My Finger
When "Charlie Bit My Finger" became the most viewed video on YouTube in late October 2009, the two boys who starred in the video, Harry Davies-Carr and Charlie Davies-Carr along with their parents who uploaded the video had articles written about them and their video, appeared on television as well as news stations.
Due to fans wanting to see more videos of Charlie and Harry, their father, made a schedule for uploading videos on their YouTube channel every six weeks so fans can know more about how Harry and Charlie had grown up. Due to business, eventually stopped the scheduled vlogs.
In 2012, Time ranked "Charlie Bit My Finger" as the greatest viral video of all time, beating 49 others. In 2014, the video was named "Motion Video of 2014" by MTV.
In 2017, Charlie said in an interview that he would like to pursue vlogging, however, Harry said he would like to move on to other things. As of 2017, the Carr family has been estimated to have made over 1 million dollars in ad revenue from "Charlie Bit My Finger".
When Justin Bieber's "Baby" music video surpassed Lady Gaga's outstandingly popular "Bad Romance" on July 16, 2010, Bieber expressed his thankfulness to his fans on Twitter, saying that the success of the video was "crazy" and that it was great how he started on YouTube and now one of his music videos had the most views.
This song being the lead of the latter half of his first album in his career, titled "My World 2.0" 's viewership propelled Bieber to become one of the most popular and successful pop singers stars of all time. Although the video did receive it's share of applause, the video is the most disliked on YouTube, with nearly 8 million dislikes as of July 2017.
Due to the backlash of Bieber's songs from then on and unpopular decisions he made throughout his life since, Bieber remains one of the most hated celebrities of all time as well.
When Psy's Gangnam Style became the most viewed video on YouTube in October 2012, many were grateful it surpassed Bieber's "Baby". Gangnam Style becoming the most viewed video of all time as well propelled the South Korean pop singer to be known in many places around the world rather than his Native country.
The song became one of the most famous internet phenomenas of all time, having millions across the world, famous or not acknowledging and even imitating "Gangnam Style" and it's dance. This resulted in Psy attending prestigious events due to his online success as well as meeting important figures and celebrities.
The song topped multiple charts all over the world for a time, as well as being the most liked video and holding the title for the longest.
Although well recieved it also faced criticism from a considerably large and vocal audience (although it was still the minority) saying that the video was inappropriate for young ages and how both Psy and the video is "stupid".
Koreans had mixed opinions about the video, though there were more positive than negative reviews as most other nations. Many Koreans were offended over the fact that people of many cultures were enjoying a video from a genre they barely knew anything about (Korean Pop, otherwise known as K-Pop) and that they felt some might now believe that is what most K-Pop videos and songs are like.
Psy since the video has made millions of dollars from it and further projects as well as having many beloved live performances of the song and it's dance.