Top 20 highest views on YouTube This Year

YouTube is one of the best entertainment online platforms. And with over two billion users worldwide, it fetches millions of views depending on the content. And to put that into perspective, here are the top 20 videos with the highest views on YouTube. 

1. Baby Shark

This viral kids’ song is the most-watched video on YouTube with 7.8 billion views! It has a catchy tune, lyrics, and a colorful video with some fun dance moves.

2. Despacito

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Despacito is a song by Luis Fonsi, a Puerto Rican actor, singer, and songwriter. The song also features prominent rapper Daddy Yankee. It was released in 2019 and quickly became a hit song that went viral. Currently, it stands at number two in the all-time most viewed on YouTube with over 7.1 billion views.

3. Shape of you

This song by the Grammy award-winning artist Ed Sheeran became one of the chart-topping hits. After the song’s release in 2017, it quickly became a viral sensation worldwide, garnering billions of YouTube views. It stands third in the all-time list and currently has about 5.1 billion views on YouTube.

4. See you again

‘See you again’ is a song by the artist Wiz Khalifa dedicated to the late actor Paul Walker from the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. It also features Grammy award winner Charlie Puth and the song instantly became a hit in 2015 after releasing it. The timing was perfect, and the song was a fitting tribute to the late actor. Currently, it has over 4.9 billion views on YouTube.

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5. Uptown funk

Uptown funk is a song by Mark Ronson, a British-American producer. The song also features Grammy award-winning artist Bruno Mars and released in 2015. The catchy tune with vintage style funky video quickly became a viral hit, and it currently stands at 4 billion views on YouTube.

6. Gangnam style

Gangnam style is a song by the Korean artist PSV, which exploded in 2012. It became a viral sensation. The song has a catchy beat and tune, and the video has some hilarious moves that drew people’s attention. It stands at number seven on the list with 3.9 billion views on YouTube.

7. Sorry

Justin Bieber is one of the top pop artists in the world. And in 2015, he released the song “Sorry,” which became a chart-topping hit. It got millions of streams on different platforms, and the song has over 3.3 billion views on YouTube.

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8. Sugar

Maroon 5 is a Grammy Award-winning band fronted by Adam Lavine. They have several hits released over the years, and in 2015, they released “Sugar,” which became another hit. And the music video features them crashing other people’s weddings and surprising them. It currently has 3.3 billion views on YouTube.

9. Roar

In 2013, Katy Perry released her hit song “Roar,” which made it to Grammy Awards for best pop solo performance. The song has a catchy tune, and the video on YouTube has garnered a staggering 3.2 billion views. It stands 10th on the list of all-time views.

10. Counting stars

2013 saw another artist breaking the YouTube view count. The American pop-rock band One Republic released the hit song “Counting stars” that topped the charts and quickly became viral on social media platforms. Currently, it has over 3.1 billion views on YouTube.

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11. Thinking out loud

Another song by Ed Sheeran makes it to the list of all-time views on YouTube. ‘Thinking out loud’ is a song released in 2014 by the artist that became another chart-topping hit going to win the Grammy Award for Song of the year. It has over 3.1 billion views on YouTube.  

12. Shake it off

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This song by the American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift topped the charts in 2014. The song went on to win the Grammy Award for best producer of the year and started trending worldwide. And with over 3 billion views on YouTube, it ranks 13th on the list of all-time views.

13. Masha and the Bear

Surprisingly, this Russian song for kids on YouTube ranks fifth in the list of all-time views. This animated TV series loved by kids around the world has millions of views. It already has a dedicated channel with 21 million subscribers and counting. And according to statistics, the series has racked up a staggering 2.9 billion views.

14. Faded

Allan Walker is one of the most famous DJ and producer in the world. In 2016, he released the song “Faded,” which became an instant success and went platinum in fourteen countries. And currently, the song has over 2.9 billion views on YouTube.

15. Lean on

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This song, released in 2015 by the artist Major Lazer, an electronic dance trio of Jamaican-American origin, became a hit. And one of the reasons for the success was the video shot in India. It has 2.9 billion views on YouTube and counting.

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16. Bailando

Enrique Iglesias, the famous Spanish singer, and songwriter released the song in 2014 and became one of the year’s hit songs. It currently has over 414 million views on YouTube.

17. Darkhorse

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In 2013, Katty Perry, the American artist, released her song ‘Dark horse,’ which went on to win the MTV Video Music Award for the best female video of the year. The song was a hit and already has over 2.9 billion views on YouTube.

18. Let her go

In 2012, Passenger released the hit song ‘Let her go,’ which soon became one of that year’s hits. It went on to win the Brit Award for Song of the Year. It has 2.9 billion views on YouTube and makes it to the top 20 most watched on YouTube.

19. Hello

Adele is an English singer and songwriter who is also a Grammy Award-winning artist. In 2015, she released the hit song “Hello” that also fetched her a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It has over 2.7 billion views on YouTube.

20. Blank space

And finally, another song by Taylor Swift makes it to the top 20 most views on YouTube. She released her song “Blank space” in 2014, which also got nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It has 2.7 billion views on YouTube.


That’s the list of YouTube videos with the highest views in 2021.

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