YouTube Billion Views Club: Gangnam Style, J Balvin, Bieber and more
This Friday, July 15 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video – and the Korean artist’s combination of sleek eccentricity, trademark dance moves, synth hooks and satirical edge. made it the first viral video to exceed 1 billion views on Youtube.
Less than six months after its release, “Gangnam Style” on December 21, 2012, became YouTube’s first Billion Views Club winner. And today, it remains on YouTube’s list of the top 5 most viewed music videos ever on the platform, with 4.47 billion views (and counting).
In a statement provided by YouTube, Psy commented, “Being the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube was an amazing feeling 10 years ago and it still is today. To have played a part in opening the path for music of all kinds to transcend borders is a true honor.
Fun historical note: In 2014, YouTube joked that “Gangnam Style” broke its video view count when it surpassed 2.147 billion views; the software was originally limited to supporting 32-bit integers (lol!).
Since Psy’s milestone a decade ago, dozens of other music videos have topped one billion views on YouTube, spanning genres and generations.
J Balvin and Justin Bieber both have 11 official music videos in YouTube’s Billion Views Club (in which they are the main/featured artist or contributor) – tied for most of all artists. Right behind them is Ozuna with 10, and Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Maluma with eight each.
YouTube Billion Views Club includes record hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, Blackpink’s “How You Like That”, “Boy With Luv” by BTS featuring Halsey, “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “Take on Me” by A-ha, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira, “Bodak Yellow ” by Cardi B, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “Se Preparó” by Ozuna, “Diamonds” by Rihanna, “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, “Felices Los 4” by Maluma and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in 1995.
Most-watched music videos on YouTube of all time, by recording artist
- Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. daddy yankee – 7.8 billion
- Ed Sheeran – Shape of You – 5.7 billion
- Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth – 5.5 billion
- Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars – 4.6 billion
- Psy – Gangnam Style (강남스타일) – 4.4 billion
Fastest music videos to reach 1 billion views, by number of days after release
- Adele – Hello – 88 days
- Ed Sheeran – Shape of You – 97 days [tied]
- Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee – 97 days [tied]
- J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente – 103 days
- Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – Échame La Culpa – 111 days
Fewer videos from the pre-YouTube era have crossed the billion-view mark. The only 1970s song to hit the club was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Here are the songs from the 80s and 90s that have surpassed one billion views on YouTube, according to the platform:
- Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
- Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
- The Cranberries – Zombie
- Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
- 4 Not Blondes – What’s New
- Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
- AC/DC – Blasted
- Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
- Dr. Dre – Still DRE with Snoop Dogg
- Aqua – Barbie Girl
- Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. LV)