YouTube's Billion Views Club
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The giant video-streaming and sharing platform Youtube is one of the most popular ways of entertainment, exploring and getting informed online nowadays.
Although no official chart of the Most Viewed Videos is being published by Youtube, reaching the top of the list is still considered a tremendous feat.
If you ever decide to search for a list of the most watched Youtube videos with up-to-date statistics on the web, you will be surprised - we did it and it is nowhere to be found! That’s how we decided to provide you with this extremely valuable, searched and wanted feature. Chart statistics are updated EVERY HOUR!
Believe it or not, we monitor in real time not only whole channels, the crazy number of 20 million channels in total by the way, but we exclusively provide detailed video statistics (still not available on the web, too!) for the even craziest number of 300 million videos! Three HUNDRED million, right, not thirty!
When you take a look at the most streamed videos chart, what you will probably notice at first glance is that vast majority of the most viral videos are related to music. Yes, for quite some time now every video that has hit the top of the list of Most Viewed Videos on Youtube is a music video, mostly pop hits. Shining bright on the top positions are famous artists like Adele, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Shakira and many other well-known and rising stars.
In top 100, among music hits like Adele’s “Hello”, Maroon 5’s “Sugar”, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and “Roar”, Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off”, or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”, Enrique Iglesias’s “Bailando”, Megan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Carly Rae Jepsens’s “Call Me Maybe”, there are few strange exceptions. Two episodes of the Russian children’s cartoon “Masha and The Bear” has plenty of millions of views on YouTube, a version of the kids song “Wheels on The Bus” is another example, plus worth to mention a nursery rhyme posted by an Indian channel, called “Johny Johny Yes Papa”, which is another of the most streamed non-music videos on the platform.
When talking of video charts, to those who think that MILLION views is COOL, we have news for you! What if we tell you that there’s something that will make you go really “WOW”? Welcome to the BILLION views era now!
It’s already a fact that lately the number of the videos hitting once unimaginable billion views is growing more and more every day.
Not so long ago the Billion Views Club was a lonely and exclusive territory.
Youtube was launched in February 2005 and it took almost a decade for it to become reality.
First video to hit a billion views was the South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” who had become a modern-time phenomenon with his unique horse trot dance style in sunglasses and a tuxedo, which happened yet in 2012.
Youtube’s Billion Views Club’s single member reigned for about 2 years solely and by mid 2015 only one other video had reached the most desired heights of view billionaires and that was Justin Bieber’s “Baby”, which had extended the number of the members to two, but it took three and half months only for 8 other videos to follow, so by the end of 2015 in total 10 videos had done so and surpassed a billion views.
As of January 2018, 90 videos have passed the billion views milestone, 20 of them exceeding 2 billion views and only handful of the videos surpassing the 3-billion views mark.
Vevo and YouTube announced an interesting fact lately - latin performers are among the highest ranked on lists for the most music video views.
With reggaeton and pop taking YouTube by a storm, many of the most viral videos on the world's most popular streaming music platform are sung in Spanish (at least in some ways), which shows that music lovers in latin countries all around the world turn to YouTube to hear the music they love.
According to YouTube, the Colombian singer Maluma, one of the latest rising stars, along with other artists like Nicky Jam, Shakira, J Balvin and Brazilian superstars Henrique e Juliano and Jorge e Mateus, are among those whose Youtube channels have become the most popular around the world, each with more than one billion views.
So no wonder that the current ruler of the Billion Views Club is the latin mega-hit “Despacito” - another modern-time phenomenon, which reached 1 billion views in record time and it was the first video to hit the 2 and 3-billion views benchmarks (the latter reached on August, 2017). Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s catchy song has overtaken Whiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See you again”, outstripping the recent owner of the “Most Watched Youtube Video of All Time” title and landing atop the chart.
“Despacito” means “slowly” in English but video’s performance is far from its meaning! It’s still outrunning with the speed of light every other video on the planet not only by staying for months on top of Billboard Hot 100, mostly as a No. 1 single, equaling the reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day”, which ruled for a long stretch in 1995-96, and wrecking a long list of records, including one that stood for two decades, but with having broken the 4-billion barrier in just six months time and getting closer and closer to the staggering 5-billion streams mark. Amazing, right?!
Above mentioned huge number of views tells us that despite the increased competition, Youtube is still the most preferred website for watching clips online and a major player on the music streaming market as a whole. The last announcement of Youtube states that the video platform has more than 1 billion logged-in users monthly watching averagely one hour per day of mobile video - a lot more than services like Spotify and Apple Music, which essentially makes Youtube the biggest music streaming platform in general in the world.
As Youtube videos with streams in the hundreds of millions grow fast with the growth of the platform, it’s getting more and more easy to join the Billion Views Club, so it might not have the charm that it owned before but it’s still the biggest compass for the ever-curious audience and many industries all around the world.