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Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of All Time

As both the second-most popular social media platform and the second-most visited website in the world, YouTube has had a major impact on the internet. Particularly when it comes to the entire concept of video sharing. YouTube has around 2.6 billion active users and is visited around 35 billion times monthly on average. YouTube videos are hence by far the most watched videos on the internet.

But while most of the over 800 million videos on YouTube usually fail to gather more than a few thousand views, there are those special “viral”, most viewed YouTube videos that generate hundreds of thousands and millions of views. And then there are the *extremely* special most viewed YouTube videos that even manage to get viewed billions of times by millions across the globe.

The following ranking lists the top ten most viewed YouTube videos of all time by the number of times they have been viewed. Needless to say, each of these following videos has been watched several billions of times.

Note: The following ranking lists the ten most viewed YouTube videos of all time. For the ranking of the ten biggest YouTubers, click here.

The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of All Time

top 10 most viewed youtube videos of all time ranking

1. “Baby Shark Dance”

“Baby Shark Dance”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 14.0 billion

Date of Upload: June 17, 2016
Uploaded by: Pinkfong Baby Shark – Kids’ Songs & Stories

Type of Video: Children’s Song

Baby Shark Dance is the, by far, most viewed YouTube video of all time. The children’s song has a catchy tune and the video features vibrant animations, which makes the video incredibly popular among children around the world, and which in turn has propelled Baby Shark Dance to the pinnacle of YouTube’s view counts. The video was made and uploaded in 2016 by Pinkfong Baby Shark – Kids’ Songs & Stories, a channel owned by Pinkfong TV, a South Korean media company focused on children’s education that is known for creating content for children watched all around the world. This children’s song about a family of sharks has truly become a global phenomenon, enchanting children and parents alike.


2. “Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee”

“Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 8.37 billion

Date of Upload: January 12, 2017
Uploaded by: Luis Fonsi

Type of Video: Music Video (for Luis Fonsi’s song “Despacito”)

Luis Fonsi’s Despacito (ft. Daddy Yankee) music video is the second most viewed YouTube video of all time. The video is the official video for “Despacito”, one of the most popular songs of all time. The Latin pop sensation song was released in 2017 by Puerto Rican singer Luis Rodriguez a.k.a. Luis Fonsi, and dominated the summer charts for that year, not only in Latin America, but the world over. The song has been a real game-changer for Latin Pop and the video is the most viewed music video of all time. It’s blending the song’s irresistible rhythms with a memorable music video that makes most viewers hit replay, usually more than once.


3. “Johny Johny Yes Papa”

“Johny Johny Yes Papa”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 6.87 billion

Date of Upload: October 8, 2016
Uploaded by: LooLoo Kids – Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs

Type of Video: Children’s Song

Johny Johny Yes Papa is the third most-viewed YouTube video of all time. Another children’s favorite, the video was made and uploaded in 2016 by LooLoo Kids – Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs, a channel owned by Romanian media company Mora TV, which specializes in producing audio-visual content for children around the world. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” tells the tale of a little boy named Johny in a simple call-and-response format that has resonated extremely well with young children and their parents across the globe.


4. “Bath Song”

“Bath Song”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 6.59 billion

Date of Upload: May 2, 2018
Uploaded by: Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes

Type of Video: Children’s Song

The “Bath Song” is the fourth most viewed YouTube video of all time. The song was made and uploaded in 2018 by Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes, a channel owned by Candle Media, an American media company that produces children’s entertainment content through its subsidiary Moonbug Entertainment. As yet another children’s song and video, it is teaching kids about bathing in a fun and engaging way, valuable both for children and their parents across the globe.


5. “Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You”

“Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 6.19 billion

Date of Upload: January 30, 2017
Uploaded by: Ed Sheeran

Type of Video: Music Video (for Ed Sheeran’s song “Shape Of You”)

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is currently the fifth most viewed YouTube video of all time. The song also belongs to the most popular ones ever created. It was released and uploaded to YouTube in 2017 by the British singer and instantly went viral. Both the song and the music video are a pop phenomenon that combines a catchy hook with a visually engaging video, making it still a favorite for listeners and viewers around the world.


6. “Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth”

“Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 6.16 billion

Date of Upload: April 6, 2015
Uploaded by: Wiz Khalifa

Type of Video: Music Video (for Wiz Khalifa’s song “See You Again”)

Wiz Khalifa’s music video for his song See You Again featuring Charlie Puth is the sixth most viewed YouTube video of all time. Written as an emotional homage and tribute to actor Paul Walker, who tragically died in a car accident in 2013, the song “See You Again” has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world, especially in the form of the music video which includes footage of Walker from his legendary role in the movie franchise “Fast & Furious”. The music video by Wiz Khalifa, which the American rapper uploaded in 2015, became the second video ever on YouTube to reach a billion views and it was the most viewed YouTube video until 2017.


7. “Wheels on the Bus”

“Wheels on the Bus”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 5.85 billion

Date of Upload: May 24, 2018
Uploaded by: Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes

Type of Video: Children’s Song

Wheels on the Bus is the seventh most viewed YouTube video in history. The video for the children’s song was also made and uploaded in 2018, also by Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes, only weeks after the channel released its “Bath Song”. This classic children’s rhyme song, brought to life by Cocomelon’s distinctive animation style, has also become a staple in households worldwide, teaching kids about the sounds and motions of a bus ride.


8. “Phonics Song with TWO Words”

“Phonics Song with TWO Words”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 5.68 billion

Date of Upload: March 6, 2014
Uploaded by: ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Type of Video: Children’s Song

Phonics Song with TWO Words takes eighth place among the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. The children’s song and video was uploaded in 2014 and became one of the first globally successful children’s songs on YouTube, in many ways starting what would become an incredibly successful branch on the platform. The hit was created by ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs, which belongs to the Indian media company ChuChu TV Studios. It helps children learn the sounds of the English alphabet in a fun and memorable way and is part of the channel’s ABC Alphabet Songs series.


9. “Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars”

“Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 5.14 billion

Date of Upload: November 19, 2014
Uploaded by: Mark Ronson

Type of Video: Music Video (for Mark Ronson’s song “Uptown Funk”)

Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk music video is the all-time ninth-most-viewed YouTube video. The song and the video by the American-British singer were released in 2014. While the song itself was a success, the music video became an even bigger global phenomenon. The retro funky vibes of the song and stylish dance shown in the video have inspired a worldwide dance craze, with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars delivering a hit that’s as stylish as it is catchy, both in audio and in video form.


10. “Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs On A Farm”

“Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs On A Farm”

No. of Views on YouTube: ~ 5.06 billion

Date of Upload: February 27, 2018
Uploaded by: Miroshka TV

Type of Video: Children’s Song

Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm completes the top ten ranking of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. The children’s song video was uploaded in 2018 by Miroshka TV, a Russian media company. Focused on teaching children about colors, “Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm” uses bright visuals, and simple yet very original and out-of-the-box concepts to engage its young audience, amassing an impressive count of viewers across the globe.



The 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of All Time:

Most Viewed YouTube Videos:Type of video:Views:
1. “BABY SHARK DANCE”
by Pinkfong Baby Shark – Kids’ Songs & Stories
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 14.0 billion
2. “DESPACITO”
by Luis Fonsi
Music videoYouTube Views: 8.37 billion
3. “JOHNY JOHNY YES PAPA”
by LooLoo Kids – Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 6.87 billion
4. “BATH SONG”
by Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 6.59 billion
5. “SHAPE OF YOU”
by Ed Sheeran
Music videoYouTube Views: 6.19 billion
6. “SEE YOU AGAIN”
by Wiz Khalifa
Music videoYouTube Views: 6.16 billion
7. “WHEELS ON THE BUS”
by CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 5.85 billion
8. “PHONICS SONG WITH TWO WORDS”
by ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 5.68 billion
9. “UPTOWN FUNK”
by Mark Ronson
Music videoYouTube Views: 5.14 billion
10. “LEARNING COLORS – COLORFUL EGGS ON A FARM”
by Miroshka TV
Children’s Song videoYouTube Views: 5.06 billion
Updated as of January 2024.

The ten most viewed YouTube videos of all time by the number of views generated on YouTube. Source: YouTube.com.


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