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The most-viewed music videos on YouTube. Statistics courtesy Kworb.net

6.5/104 ratings
7.1

billion views

Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee
2017
Despacito was filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico and features the artists performing the song while participating on different parties on the island. The video shows both artists performing the song while participating on different parties on the island, featuring model Zuleyka Rivera.
Latin popReggaeton
Most Viewed on YouTube
4.33/103 ratings
5.1

billion views

Ed Sheeran
2014
On 30 January 2017, the song's official music video, starring American dancer and model Jennie Pegouskie and retired professional sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryūta (credited as "Yama"), was released on Sheeran's channel. It was shot in Seattle and was directed by Jason Koenig.
Dancehall-popPoptropical house
Most Viewed on YouTube
6.33/103 ratings
4.8

billion views

Wiz KhalifaCharlie Puth
2015
The video ends with the final scene from Furious 7: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Cody Walker, filling in for his brother, Paul), driving together, pull over in their cars and smile at each other one last time before driving away on separate roads into the sunset. After the camera pans up into the sky, the screen turns white, the words "For Paul" appear on the screen.
Hip hopPop-rap
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.57/107 ratings
4.0

billion views

Mark RonsonBruno Mars
2014
The video for Uptown Funk features Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and The Hooligans singing and dancing through the streets while wearing vintage clothes. They ooze cool and fun, getting perms and shoe shines.
BoogieDisco-popFunk-popMinneapolis soundSoul
Insider's Most Iconic Music Videos of All TimeMost Viewed on YouTubeVMA Video of the Year Nominee
7.5/106 ratings
3.9

billion views

Psy
2012
Gangnam Style was a massive international pop culture phenomenon. It features PSY performing a comical horse-riding dance to parody the Gangnam image of the Korean culture. The video was shot over 48 hours in July 2012 and included cameos from several Korean celebrities.
Dance-popK-pop
Most Viewed on YouTube
7/105 ratings
3.4

billion views

Justin Bieber
2015
This video features New Zealand dance crews. It was first conceived as a lyric video, but the choreography was so strong, they decided to make it a dance video instead.
Dancehall-popmoombahtontropical house
Most Viewed on YouTubeVMA Video of the Year Nominee
6.75/104 ratings
3.3

billion views

Maroon 5
2015
Maroon 5 "crashed" several weddings for the making of this video. The grooms knew ahead of time, but they kept it a surprise from most everyone else. The spontaneous reactions are real, making for a fun, joyful video. David Dobkin, who made the Hollywood film Wedding Crashers, also directed this vid.
DiscoFunk-popSoul
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.67/106 ratings
3.2

billion views

Katy Perry
2013
Katy Perry's Roar was filmed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and featured Perry trying to survive in a jungle after her plane crashed and a tiger attacks her partner. Her character resembles the protagonist from Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.
PopPop Rock
Most Viewed on YouTube
8/104 ratings
3.1

billion views

One Republic
2013
Counting Stars features the band performing the song in the gloomy ground floor of a building surrounded by hanging light bulbs, interspersed with scenes of several people in a religious revival service on the upper floor, dancing along with the song. At the end of the video, the ceiling is demolished, causing one of the people in the service to fall through the floor, coming through the ceiling of the room the band is performing in. The video also shows clips of an alligator crawling through the ground floor.
Folk-popPop Rock
Most Viewed on YouTube
6.75/104 ratings
3.1

billion views

Ed Sheeran
2014
Ed Sheeran and Brittany Cherry of So You Think You Can Dance are the stars of the video for Thinking Out Loud. Sheeran practiced for weeks to perform the dance. It was shot in a continuous take on 16 mm at the Biltmore Hotel.
Blue-eyed Soul
Most Viewed on YouTubeVMA Video of the Year Nominee
7.67/103 ratings
3.0

billion views

El ChomboPitbullKarol G
2018
The Dame Tu Cosita remix's novelty video shows a computer-animated green alien dancing on a barren planet. It was created more than 20 years after the original song was released. Sihem Ouillani directed the video, which was animated by ArtNoux.
Reggaeton
Most Viewed on YouTube
7/106 ratings
3.0

billion views

Taylor Swift
2014
Shake It Off features Swift dancing in various styles, including twerking, and features Swift's fans, who had written fan letters or posted on Twitter and Instagram. The massively popular, energetic video features Swift and dances in various costumes, which reference movies like Step It Up, Black Swan, and Funny Face.
Dance-pop
Most Viewed on YouTube
7/105 ratings
2.9

billion views

Maroon 5Cardi B
2018
The video follows Adam Levine, alone with a microphone in the center of a room, with the band playing instruments in the background, then a rotating assortment of women dancing and lip-syncing around him. Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish, Ilhan Omar, and Jennifer Lopez are among the women who make cameos.
PopPop Rock
Most Viewed on YouTubeParade's Best Music Videos of All Time
7.8/105 ratings
2.9

billion views

Katy PerryJuicy J
2014
Dark Horse is set in Ancient Egypt and features Perry as Katy Pätra, who is approached by multiple suitors attempting to win her heart, all of whom she turns into dust or otherwise eradicates. Perry dances on a stripper pole during Juicy J's verse.
ElectropopHip hopPop-rapTrap
Most Viewed on YouTube
7/103 ratings
2.9

billion views

Enrique IglesiasSean PaulDescemer BuenoGente de Zona
2014
Iglesias, Bueno, and Gente de Zona walk the streets of a city, surrounded by working people and kids who juggle soccer balls. They then perform the song in a tunnel, running through a street market, and a troop of flamenco dancers showing off their moves. "Bailando" became the first Spanish-language music video to have been viewed over a billion times.
DanceLatin popflamenco
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.25/104 ratings
2.9

billion views

Alan Walker
2015
Faded features a man, wearing a black balaclava, looking for his house in the ghost city, guided by the old photograph of that building. After exploring the area, he finally finds his home in ruins, then he throws down his photo and removes the balaclava.
EDMElectro House
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.25/104 ratings
2.9

billion views

Major LazerMØDJ Snake
2015
The music video for Lean On was primarily shot in Maharashtra, India, but some scenes were taped in Stockholm, Sweden. Major Lazer, MØ, and DJ Snake perform modernized Bollywood dances sequences. A Major Lazer tour of India inspired the idea.
moombahtonElectronic
Most Viewed on YouTube
7/102 ratings
2.8

billion views

Passenger
2012
The music video for the song Let Her Go shows the stage being prepared for a Passenger concert. It also includes footage of a Passenger performance with his backing band and shots of the audience reacting. The sleeper hit shot up the charts and became a massive success on YouTube.
Folk rock
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.5/104 ratings
2.8

billion views

J BalvinWilly William
2017
The music video for Mi Gente premiered on Vevo the same day as the single release. Leila Cobo from Billboard magazine described the video as "an explosion of color and dance" which features people from around the globe, and that is all about unifying through music. It has many cameo appearances, including Italian millionaire Gianluca Vacchi.
moombahtonReggaeton
Most Viewed on YouTube
7.25/104 ratings
2.7

billion views

Shakira
2010
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) features Shakira and a group in various dance sequences. Interspersed are scenes from previous football (soccer) matches and appearances by footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Idriss Carlos Kameni, Lionel Messi, and Rafael Marquez. Waka Waka was one of the first music videos to be released in a 3D format.
Pop
Most Viewed on YouTube
8.33/103 ratings
2.7

billion views

Taylor Swift
2014
Taylor Swift approached director Joseph Kahn with the idea for Blank Space. She wanted the video to portray her self-deprecation as a "crazy villain" akin to the lyrics. According to Kahn, Swift envisioned Blank Space as "a video addressing this concept of, if she has so many boys breaking up with her maybe the problem isn't the boy, maybe the problem is her"
Electropop
Most Viewed on YouTube
8.5/106 ratings
2.7

billion views

Adele
2015
Hello features Adele performing the song in a small house and outside in a wooded forest, interspersed with scenes of her recently as a broken-up woman recalling a younger version of herself with actor Tristan Wilds.
Soul
Most Viewed on YouTubeVMA Video of the Year Nominee
6/102 ratings
2.6

billion views

Ed Sheeran
2017
The video for Perfect stars Zoey Deutch and was directed by Jason Koenig, who also directed the video for "Shape of You." The video was filmed at the Austrian ski resort of Hintertux and shows Sheeran and Deutch going on a ski trip with friends, with the two dancing in the snow and ending up in a cabin together.
Pop
Most Viewed on YouTube
8/102 ratings
2.6

billion views

ShakiraMaluma
2016
At the beginning of the music video, as described by Rolling Stone's Sarah Grant, "Shakira strolls through a bodega with her pet pig on a leash and her wild mane of hair hidden under a pink wig." "She then lures him into an underground bar," as Billboard added, while also "swivel[ing] her hips from the top of the bar to the men's bathroom, where she winds, kicks, and grinds solo amid the urinals.
PopReggaeton
Most Viewed on YouTube
6/103 ratings
2.6

billion views

The ChainsmokersHalsey
2016
The video for Closer begins with The Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart looking at Halsey while at a party. It then flashbacks to an early time where Taggart and Halsey's characters met for the first time in a party where they eventually ended up kissing in a kitchen.
PopFuture bass
Most Viewed on YouTube
6.5/104 ratings
2017
Despacito was filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico and features the artists performing the song while participating on different parties on the island. The video shows both artists performing the song while participating on different parties on the island, featuring model Zuleyka Rivera.
4.33/103 ratings
2014
On 30 January 2017, the song's official music video, starring American dancer and model Jennie Pegouskie and retired professional sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryūta (credited as "Yama"), was released on Sheeran's channel. It was shot in Seattle and was directed by Jason Koenig.
6.33/103 ratings
2015
The video ends with the final scene from Furious 7: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Cody Walker, filling in for his brother, Paul), driving together, pull over in their cars and smile at each other one last time before driving away on separate roads into the sunset. After the camera pans up into the sky, the screen turns white, the words "For Paul" appear on the screen.
7.57/107 ratings
2014
The video for Uptown Funk features Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and The Hooligans singing and dancing through the streets while wearing vintage clothes. They ooze cool and fun, getting perms and shoe shines.
7.5/106 ratings
2012
Gangnam Style was a massive international pop culture phenomenon. It features PSY performing a comical horse-riding dance to parody the Gangnam image of the Korean culture. The video was shot over 48 hours in July 2012 and included cameos from several Korean celebrities.
7/105 ratings
2015
This video features New Zealand dance crews. It was first conceived as a lyric video, but the choreography was so strong, they decided to make it a dance video instead.
6.75/104 ratings
2015
Maroon 5 "crashed" several weddings for the making of this video. The grooms knew ahead of time, but they kept it a surprise from most everyone else. The spontaneous reactions are real, making for a fun, joyful video. David Dobkin, who made the Hollywood film Wedding Crashers, also directed this vid.
7.67/106 ratings
2013
Katy Perry's Roar was filmed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and featured Perry trying to survive in a jungle after her plane crashed and a tiger attacks her partner. Her character resembles the protagonist from Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.
8/104 ratings
2013
Counting Stars features the band performing the song in the gloomy ground floor of a building surrounded by hanging light bulbs, interspersed with scenes of several people in a religious revival service on the upper floor, dancing along with the song. At the end of the video, the ceiling is demolished, causing one of the people in the service to fall through the floor, coming through the ceiling of the room the band is performing in. The video also shows clips of an alligator crawling through the ground floor.
6.75/104 ratings
2014
Ed Sheeran and Brittany Cherry of So You Think You Can Dance are the stars of the video for Thinking Out Loud. Sheeran practiced for weeks to perform the dance. It was shot in a continuous take on 16 mm at the Biltmore Hotel.
7.67/103 ratings
2018
The Dame Tu Cosita remix's novelty video shows a computer-animated green alien dancing on a barren planet. It was created more than 20 years after the original song was released. Sihem Ouillani directed the video, which was animated by ArtNoux.
7/106 ratings
2014
Shake It Off features Swift dancing in various styles, including twerking, and features Swift's fans, who had written fan letters or posted on Twitter and Instagram. The massively popular, energetic video features Swift and dances in various costumes, which reference movies like Step It Up, Black Swan, and Funny Face.
7/105 ratings
2018
The video follows Adam Levine, alone with a microphone in the center of a room, with the band playing instruments in the background, then a rotating assortment of women dancing and lip-syncing around him. Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish, Ilhan Omar, and Jennifer Lopez are among the women who make cameos.
7.8/105 ratings
2014
Dark Horse is set in Ancient Egypt and features Perry as Katy Pätra, who is approached by multiple suitors attempting to win her heart, all of whom she turns into dust or otherwise eradicates. Perry dances on a stripper pole during Juicy J's verse.
7/103 ratings
2014
Iglesias, Bueno, and Gente de Zona walk the streets of a city, surrounded by working people and kids who juggle soccer balls. They then perform the song in a tunnel, running through a street market, and a troop of flamenco dancers showing off their moves. "Bailando" became the first Spanish-language music video to have been viewed over a billion times.
7.25/104 ratings
2015
Faded features a man, wearing a black balaclava, looking for his house in the ghost city, guided by the old photograph of that building. After exploring the area, he finally finds his home in ruins, then he throws down his photo and removes the balaclava.
7.25/104 ratings
2015
The music video for Lean On was primarily shot in Maharashtra, India, but some scenes were taped in Stockholm, Sweden. Major Lazer, MØ, and DJ Snake perform modernized Bollywood dances sequences. A Major Lazer tour of India inspired the idea.
7/102 ratings
2012
The music video for the song Let Her Go shows the stage being prepared for a Passenger concert. It also includes footage of a Passenger performance with his backing band and shots of the audience reacting. The sleeper hit shot up the charts and became a massive success on YouTube.
7.5/104 ratings
2017
The music video for Mi Gente premiered on Vevo the same day as the single release. Leila Cobo from Billboard magazine described the video as "an explosion of color and dance" which features people from around the globe, and that is all about unifying through music. It has many cameo appearances, including Italian millionaire Gianluca Vacchi.
7.25/104 ratings
2010
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) features Shakira and a group in various dance sequences. Interspersed are scenes from previous football (soccer) matches and appearances by footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Idriss Carlos Kameni, Lionel Messi, and Rafael Marquez. Waka Waka was one of the first music videos to be released in a 3D format.
8.33/103 ratings
2014
Taylor Swift approached director Joseph Kahn with the idea for Blank Space. She wanted the video to portray her self-deprecation as a "crazy villain" akin to the lyrics. According to Kahn, Swift envisioned Blank Space as "a video addressing this concept of, if she has so many boys breaking up with her maybe the problem isn't the boy, maybe the problem is her"
8.5/106 ratings
2015
Hello features Adele performing the song in a small house and outside in a wooded forest, interspersed with scenes of her recently as a broken-up woman recalling a younger version of herself with actor Tristan Wilds.
6/102 ratings
2017
The video for Perfect stars Zoey Deutch and was directed by Jason Koenig, who also directed the video for "Shape of You." The video was filmed at the Austrian ski resort of Hintertux and shows Sheeran and Deutch going on a ski trip with friends, with the two dancing in the snow and ending up in a cabin together.
8/102 ratings
2016
At the beginning of the music video, as described by Rolling Stone's Sarah Grant, "Shakira strolls through a bodega with her pet pig on a leash and her wild mane of hair hidden under a pink wig." "She then lures him into an underground bar," as Billboard added, while also "swivel[ing] her hips from the top of the bar to the men's bathroom, where she winds, kicks, and grinds solo amid the urinals.
6/103 ratings
2016
The video for Closer begins with The Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart looking at Halsey while at a party. It then flashbacks to an early time where Taggart and Halsey's characters met for the first time in a party where they eventually ended up kissing in a kitchen.

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