The Most Viewed Music Videos From YouTube’s Inception, Year On Year

I thought about writing a bit on each of the songs below, and how each may have influenced society at large, and their individual fans - but I thought it would be more interesting to get your viewpoints on this. So in the spirit of reflection, let us know on the forum, or wherever, --- what effect did these songs have on you and those around you? What memories do these songs bring up for you?

It will be a great insight into the pop music genre and its influence over the last decade and a half!

I find this list a very interesting indicator of our society's supra mind throughout the years - you can really see the ages evolving and morphing - and it makes you realize how what sort of themes billions of other people in the world are and were exploring in their lives at that time. This would be a very informative list to some aliens trying to understand the human being. Would they be impressed or perplexed?


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"Girls Like You" - Maroon 5

2018

2.25 billion views

"Te Boté (Remix)" - Flow La Movie

1.84 billion views
"Girls Like You" - Maroon 5
1.65 billion views

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi

2017

6.25 billion views!

"Hape Of You" - Ed Sheeran

4.24 billion views
"Mi Gente" - J Balvin
2.39 billion views

"Chantaje" - Shakira

2016

2.39 billion views

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers

2.32 billion views
"This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris
2.23 billion views

"See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa

2015

4.14 billion views

"Sorry" - Justin Bieber

3.14 billion views
"Sugar" - Maroon 5
2.98 billion views

"Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson (+Bruno Mars)

2014

3.58 billion views

"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift

2.79 billion views
"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
2.77 billion views

"Roar" - Katy Perry

2013

2.84 billion views

"Counting Stars" - OneRepublic

2.76 billion views
"Wake Me Up" - Avicii
1.83 billion views

"Gangnam Style" - Psy

2012

3.36 billion views

"Let Her Go" - Passenger

2.45 billion views
"Diamonds" - Rihanna
1.34 billion views

"Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO

2011

1.66 billion views

"The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars

1.63 billion views
"On the Floor" - Jennifer Lopez
1.39 billion views

"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" - Shakira

2010

2.24 billion views

"Baby" - Justin Bieber

2.11 billion views (this video is also the most disliked music video of all time at 10.49 million dislikes)
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem
1.79 billion views

"Axel F" - Crazy Frog

2009

1.66 billion views

"November Rain" - Guns N' Roses

1.18 billion views
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gag
1.07 billion views

"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen

2008

980 million views!

"Hot n Cold" - Katy Perry

690 million views
"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay
570 million views

"The Gummy Bear Song" - icanrockyourworld

2007

1.72 billion views + 640 million for the Spanish version

"Numb" - Linkin Park

1.17 billion views
"What I've Done" - Linkin Park
640 million views

"Ella y Yo" - JosephIngma

2006

460 million views

"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Fueled By Ramen

270 million views
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Andres Trevino
190 million views

"Tarzan Boy" - nailofgilead (Baltimore)

2005

130 million views

"Life Goes On" - fhearnoiz (2Pac)

120 million views
"Guitar" - guitar90 (Jerry Change)
90 million views

* I've excluded children's songs from this list.

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