10. Maroon 5 – Sugar
| Published on: Jan 14, 2015 | Views: 2,385,347,704 | Likes: 7,655,913 | Dislikes: 359,340 |
“Sugar” is a song recorded by American pop rock band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album, V (2014). It was written by Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the third single from the album on January 13, 2015. “Sugar” is a disco, funk-pop and soul song that features a wide range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and guitars.
Commercially, “Sugar” peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s third top 10 single from V, and eighth consecutive top 10 entry. “Sugar” is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.
9. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)
| Published on: Mar 22, 2015 | Views: 2,207,681,831 | Likes: 8,296,119 | Dislikes: 401,540 |
“Lean On” is a song recorded by American electronic music group Major Lazer and French producer DJ Snake featuring vocals from Danish singer MØ, released as the lead single from Major Lazer’s third studio album, Peace Is the Mission, on March 2, 2015. It was produced by Major Lazer and DJ Snake, and written by MØ, Major Lazer member Diplo, and DJ Snake. It is a dance and electronic songbeing also described as a house ballad.
“Lean On” was a critical and commercial success, peaking at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It reached number one in several other countries including Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. In November 2015, “Lean On” was named by Spotify as the most streamed song of all time, and has over 1 billion streams globally as of June 2017; however, it has since been overtaken by Drake’s “One Dance” (2016).
The accompanying music video for “Lean On” was filmed in ND Studios, Karjat (India), Kaul Heritage City, Vasai in Maharashtra (India). The video premiered on March 23, 2015 and has over 2.2 billion views on YouTube as of October 2017. According to IFPI, “Lean On” was the fifth best selling song of 2015 worldwide, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, with global sales of 13.1 million.
8. Alan Walker – Faded
| Published on: Dec 3, 2015 | Views: 1,363,768,570 | Likes: 8,784,962 | Dislikes: 227,811 |
“Faded” is a song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker. Incorporating uncredited vocals provided by Norwegian recording artist Iselin Solheim, the release of the single was originally set to be on 25 November 2015, but was delayed to 3 December. The song was highly successful, peaking in the top ten in most of the countries it charted in, and reached the summit in more than ten.
The progressive house song “Faded” is a revamped version of Walker’s past electro house track “Fade”, which was released via the record label NoCopyrightSounds in 2014. Its music video on YouTube reached 1 billion views on 26 March 2017, and has received over 1.3 billion views to date, making it the 40th most viewed YouTube video. It is also one of the 10 most liked YouTube videos with over 8.3 million likes, along with having the highest like-to-dislike ratio at the moment of 97.49%.
On Spotify, “Faded” has over 720 million streams as of September 2017, and is one of the 30 most streamed songs.
7. Justin Bieber – Sorry
| Published on: Oct 22, 2015 | Views: 2,811,319,143 | Likes: 9,493,575 | Dislikes: 1,247,593 |
“Sorry” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015). Written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore, Michael Tucker and Bieber; the song was produced by Skrillex and Blood. It was released on October 22, 2015, as the second single from the album. A dancehall-pop and tropical house song, “Sorry” contains in its instrumentation “brassy horn bleats”, warm island rhythms and a dembow riddim beat. Lyrically, “Sorry” is a plea for a chance to apologize to a lover, with Bieber asking forgiveness and a second chance to redeem himself.
The video, which features the New Zealand dancers of ReQuest Dance Crew and The Royal Family dance crew, was directed and choreographed by New Zealander Parris Goebel, who also appears as a dancer. The video was initially intended to be a lyric video and was eventually kept as a dance video. Describing it as “colorful, fun, and upbeat”, Goebel said: “[We wanted to] just bring more life to it. We were going for a vintage ’90s vibe. Me and two of my friends pretty much styled everyone. We all did our own makeup and were spontaneous… Most of it was my wardrobe, actually. We just kind of put together what we had.” As of November 2017, the music video has received 2.8 billion views on YouTube, making it the fourth most viewed video on the site, the 22nd to reach 1 billion, the fourth fastest to reach 1 billion (behind Adele’s “Hello”).
6. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk Ft. Bruno Mars
| Published on: Nov 19, 2014 | Views: 2,708,972,360 | Likes: 9,481,330 | Dislikes: 585,480 |
“Uptown Funk” (stylised as “UpTown Funk!”) is a song recorded by British record producer Mark Ronson and American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in co-writing and co-producing the track, with additional writing from Philip Lawrence. The song became a worldwide phenomenon with its major impact on pop culture. According to Billboard, the song remains the biggest hit of the 2010s.
“Uptown Funk” spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, seven non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and topped the charts in several other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand. It became the second best-selling single of 2015 and one of the best-selling of all-time. The song won two Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. Its music video stars Ronson, Mars, and Mars’ backing band the Hooligans dancing in a city street, and accumulated 2.7 billion views on video sharing website YouTube as of October 2017, making it the fifth most viewed YouTube video of all time.
5. Adele – Hello
| Published on: Oct 22, 2015 | Views: 2,107,792,728 | Likes: 12,442,342 | Dislikes: 679,915 |
“Hello” is a song by English singer Adele, released on 23 October 2015 by XL Recordings as the lead single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with her producer, Greg Kurstin. “Hello” is a piano ballad with soul influences, and lyrics that discuss themes of nostalgia and regret. Upon release, the song was well received by music critics, who compared it favourably to Adele’s previous work and praised the song’s lyrics and Adele’s vocals. It was recorded in London.
“Hello” reached number one in almost every country it charted in, including the United Kingdom, where it became her second UK number-one single, following “Someone like You”, and has the largest opening week sales in three years. In the United States, “Hello” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, reigning for 10 consecutive weeks whilst becoming Adele’s fourth number-one on the chart and breaking several records, including becoming the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week. By the end of 2015, it had sold 12.3 million units globally (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) and was the year’s 7th best-selling single.
The music video for the song broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span, held previously by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” which accumulated 20.1 million views in that timeframe.
“Hello” also broke the record for shortest time to reach one billion YouTube views (88 days). The clip received seven nominations at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video. Adele promoted the song with a live performance on a BBC one-hour-long special, entitled Adele at the BBC. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, “Hello” won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.
4. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
| Published on: Jan 30, 2017 | Views: 2,634,188,207 | Likes: 13,161,272 | Dislikes: 713,483 |
“Shape of You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with “Castle on the Hill”.
On 30 January 2017, the song’s official music video, starring American dancer and model Jennie Pegouskie and retired professional sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryūta (credited as “Yama”), was released on Sheeran’s channel. It was shot on location in Seattle, and was directed by Jason Koenig.
On 8 May 2017, 97 days after its release, it became one of the fastest music videos to reach 1 billion views on YouTube, and as of November 2017, the music video has amassed over 2.6 billion views on the site and is the site’s seventh most-watched video.
3. Psy – Gangnam Style
| Published on: Jul 15, 2012 | Views: 2,983,694,903 | Likes: 13,508,606 | Dislikes: 1,918,612 |
The music video of “Gangnam Style” by recording artist Psy is currently the third most viewed and the third most liked video on YouTube. It was directed by Cho Soo-hyun. The music video was filmed in Seoul for 48 straight hours. The video was premiered on July 15, 2012 and was later made available to download digitally on October 19. In the music video Psy “pokes fun at the style of Seoul’s Gangnam-gu, a flashy district with high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle”. In December 2012, the music video was the first to hit 1 billion views on the video-sharing website YouTube and in June 2014 the video had surpassed 2 billion views. By July 2017, the number of views had grown past 2.9 billion.
Following its July 15 release, “Gangnam Style” overtook Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” to reach the number one position on the YouTube Top 100 Music Videos during the week of August 28, 2012. On September 1, it overtook Girls’ Generation’s “Gee” to become the most viewed K-pop video on YouTube. Although “Call Me Maybe” has had unusually strong staying power, averaging over 1.5 million views each day, “Gangnam Style” increased to an average of over nine million views per day within just two months.
2. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again Ft. Charlie Puth
| Published on: Apr 6, 2015 | Views: 3,194,085,256 | Likes: 17,543,493 | Dislikes: 580,658 |
“See You Again” is a song recorded by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, featuring American singer Charlie Puth. The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013 in Valencia, California. “See You Again” became both Khalifa’s and Puth’s biggest single to date. The song holds the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States. It set the record for most streams in a single week worldwide, and in the United Kingdom also in a single week.
The most viewed video on YouTube from July 10 to August 4, 2017 and the most liked video on the site from August 28, 2016 to July 25, 2017.As of October 13, 2017, it has received over 3.1 billion views and 17.3 million likes, making it the site’s second most viewed and liked video. It is one of 81 videos to exceed one billion views, 16 videos to exceed two billion views, and two videos to exceed three billion views. It was the second video ever to record two billion and three billion views.
1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito Ft. Daddy Yankee
| Published on: Jan 12, 2017 | Views: 4,220,220,221 | Likes: 23,297,168 | Dislikes: 2,496,000 |
“Despacito” (English: “Slowly”) is a single by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee from Fonsi’s upcoming studio album. On January 12, 2017, Universal Music Latin released “Despacito” and its music video, which shows both artists performing the song in La Perla neighborhood of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and the local bar La Factoría. The song was written by Luis Fonsi, Erika Ender and Daddy Yankee, and was produced by Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo.
The music video Receiving 5.14 million views within its first 24 hours, breaking J Balvin’s previous record with “Bobo” for a Spanish-language Vevo clips. It was filmed in December 2016 in La Perla neighborhood and the popular bar La Factoría in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was directed and produced by Carlos Perez.
The music video has pending nominations for the 18th Latin Grammy Awards for Best Short Form Music Video and for the 45th American Music Awards for Video of the Year.
The clip amassed one billion views in 97 days, becoming the second-fastest video on the site to reach the milestone behind Adele’s “Hello”. The video received two billion views in 154 days, surpassing Justin Bieber’s record of 394 days with his song “Sorry” to become the fastest video on the site to reach the milestone. On August 4, 2017, the video became the first to receive 3 billion views on YouTube. It has received over 4 billion views as of October 11, 2017 and has been the most viewed video on the site since August 4, 2017, when it surpassed the music video of “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. It is also the site’s most liked video, with over 22 million as of October 4, 2017.