my last knowledge update in September 2021, the most viewed YouTube video is “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong. The top 20 most viewed YouTube videos of all time it has garnered billions of views since its release in 2016 and became a viral sensation, particularly among young children.
Please note that YouTube view counts are subject to change, and there may be new videos that have gained significant views since my last update. To find the most viewed YouTube videos at any given time, you can visit the YouTube website and check the “Trending” or “Most Popular” sections.
Baby shark dance – 12.85 Billion
Good luck finding someone who escaped the past decade without hearing this song. (If you did, we salute you.) Those who have kids, and even those who don’t, know Baby Shark. Do do, do-do-do-do. The version of the song that most of us know is the work of Pinkfong.
Despacito – 8.16 Billion
Are you still jamming to Luis Fonsi (Fonsi!) and Daddy Yankee’s Spanish-language slapper in 2022? So are we. Despite having its own Bieber remix, it’s the OG version that long held the most-viewed crown (before being unseated by “Baby Shark Dance”). Can we say it’s the top real song on the list? The 2017 record — it’s playing in your head right now — became a global hit, and five years later, continues to be one the biggest pop songs worldwide.
Johny Johny Yes Papa – 6.70 Billion
This one is weird, and it only gets weirder from here. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” turns the familiar “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” melody into a tale of family lies and sugar abuse. Naturally, it was destined for the meme treatment, which it got plenty.
Bath Song – 6.20 Billion
The bottom five of the most-viewed YouTube videos of all-time is a strange journey into the uncanny valley. Ready? “Bath Song” flips a couple of tracks — “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and, yes, “Baby Shark Dance” (Washmy arms doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo) — to the tune of over five billion views. It’s a song about hygiene, which, great message.
Shape of You – 6.00 Billion
Breathe a sigh of relief, it’s a real song. Hi, Ed Sheeran! From his 2017 album, Divide, this track’s a hit wherever it’s played, and the singer’s grasp on social media makes it no surprise that he’d do massive numbers on YouTube as well.
See You Again – 5.89 Billion
Even if you haven’t watched your way through the entire Fast and the Furious franchise, you ought to be familiar with “See You Again”. The emotional final track from Furious 7 was a tribute to the film’s late star, Paul Walker.
Phonics Song with Teo Words – 5.30 Billion
The same video that once edged our old friend Psy and “Gangnam Style” out of the top ten is skyrocketing to the top. Yes, it’s another children’s video.
Wheels On The Bus – 5.24 Billion
Uptown Funk – 4.92 Billion
Justice for music! Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ unmistakable hit “Uptown Funk” continues to climb up the ranks, offering some hope for the future.
Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm – 4.89 Billion.
Gangnam Style – 4.80 Billion
The music video for “Gangnam Style” by South Korean rapper and singer Psy premiered on July 15, 2012 on the video-sharing website YouTube and was later made available to download digitally on October 19. It was directed by Cho Soo-hyun and was filmed in Seoul in July 2012 over the course of 48 hours. In the video, Psy “pokes fun at the style of Seoul’s Gangnam District, a flashy district known for its affluence, high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle”.
Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster – 4.55 Billion
Dame Tu Cosita – 4.35 Billion
Axel F – 3.91 Billion
Sugar – 3.87 Biliion
Roar – 3.80 Billion
Counting Stars – 3.79 Billion
Sorry – 3.66 Billion
Baa Baa Black Sheep – 3.64 Billion
Thinking Out Loud – 3.60 Billion