Posted by:Rae Kiragu
These are the songs that got played so much you pretty much wished you had earplugs each time they came on.
You know the feeling right?
Well since the dawn of YouTube, musicians from all across the world have been able to marvel at having their work get viewed by an increasing number of people, and getting to an unexpected large audience is always cause to celebrate.
We saw it happen to Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and more recently to Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’.
Before we get to the subject of this article (which is to list YouTube’s most viewed videos), let me start by explaining that having a music video reach one billion views was considered to be a big deal…. until June 2015.
You see at that time, it was only Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and (believe or not) Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ videos that had achieved this success but quickly after, other YouTube videos attained the same success. Today, a record 78 videos have got over a billion views.
What is now used as a measure of impressive achievement, is ‘how fast’ a video can attain the most number of YouTube views and how many YouTube videos a person can have, that have billions of views.
So with that said, YouTube continues to prove consistent in making superstars out of people and here is a list of what are currently (as at this month, September 2017) the world’s most viewed videos.
(As reported and confirmed by Wikipedia)
The five fastest videos to reach two billion views are “Despacito” (154 days), “Shape of You” (188 days), “Sorry” (394 days), “See You Again” (515 days) and “Hello” (620 days).
As of September 2017, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry each have four videos exceeding one billion views, while Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, Shakira and Ariana Grande each have three, and Fifth Harmony, Psy, Adele, Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Nicky Jam and Eminem each have two. Swift and Perry are the only artists to have two videos exceeding two billion views.