It’s difficult to remember a time before YouTube, but on February 14, 2018, the internet video site turns 13. So yeah, it actually wasn’t that long ago when we actually had to try to remember the exact words from our favourite rom com and not just look up the scene.
It was only 13 years ago that you had to be home on time to watch daytime talk shows and stay up until the end of every awards show. You might as well not have even bothered going to work/school the next day if you missed a moment in TV history. Forget being part of the watercooler/waterfountain conversation. Now all it takes is a typing in ‘Britney kisses Madonna’ to see one of the most iconic moments in pop history. Would last year’s Best Picture mix up at the Oscars have *really* happened if the moment, which took place around midnight, wasn’t on YouTube within seconds? Well, yes, but you get the point.
Without YouTube, we would be stuck to our TVs 24/7 instead of stuck to our computers (ok, and our TVs, who are we kidding?). This is better? Yeah, it’s better. Thanks to YouTube, we get to cry at our own holiday commercials as well as commercials from around the world. We can make stars out of preteen singers, singers over 45, and singers who can’t sing. We can watch blooper reels from our favourite shows, show up late to movies because we’ve seen every new trailer online, and watch compilation videos anytime we need to have a good cry.
Over YouTube’s 13 years, there have been some huge successes on the video streaming site, with videos that have racked up views in the billions (that’s with a ‘b’). And with music videos making up the most viewed videos online, it’s clear that video didn’t kill the radio star, it just expanded its reach.
Here are the five most viewed YouTube videos of all time. We’re pretty sure you know them all.
5. “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Views: 2.9 billion
There’s a reason it felt like “Uptown Funk” was everywhere for two years and that’s because your co-workers kept watching the video on YouTube.
4. “Gangnam Style,” PSY
Views: 3.02 billion
Proving that listeners don’t have to understand a song to find it catchy, PSY’s five-year-old “Gangnam Style” is still sitting at number four. The music video was the first clip on YouTube to hit the billion mark.
3. “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
Views: 3.2 billion
Ed Sheeran’s glow up in his “Shape of You” music video was enough to earn him the number three spot…for now.
2. “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Views: 3.4 billion
Never underestimate how much people love sad things. See: compilation videos above.
1. “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
Views: 4.8 billion
What’s most surprising about “Despacito” and its current position as the most viewed video of all time on YouTube is that it’s only been online since January 12, 2017. In just over a year, the song has amassed 4.8 billion views.
As for the rest of the list, only five videos in the Top 100 list of most viewed YouTube videos are non-music videos. You may not be quite as familiar with these ones. Unless you have kids.
“Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster” sits at number seven with 2.82 billion views, while “Masha and the Bear: Bon appetit” is at number 87 with 1.04 billion views.
The next non-music video YouTube clip on the list sits at number 20, with “Wheels On the Bus” scoring 2.07 billion views.
“Johny Johny Yes Papa” is at 42 with 1.39 billion views, while “Huge Eggs Surprise Toys Challenge” is at 71 with 1.15 billion views.
Here’s to 13 more years YouTube.