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Billions Served: In honor of YouTube’s 10th anniversary, here are the 10 most viewed music videos ever

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Yesterday online video website YouTube, the third-most trafficked website in the world according to Alexa, celebrated its 10th anniversary. On April 23, 2005, a 19-second video of co-founder Jawed Karim talking about his day at the San Diego Zoo was posted, and a revolution was underway.

While pretty much everyone uses YouTube to view home videos, movie trailers, breaking news, and cat videos (oh, so many awesome cat videos), the site has also brought the music video back from the dead, re-instilling its art form ideology that became lost in the early 2000s.

According to Parade, it’s estimated that “YouTube has over 1 billion unique visitors every month and that over 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute.”


It got us thinking: What are the most-viewed music videos of all time? Here’s the Top 10, according to recently YouTube Charts. There are some familiar names, some WTFs, and only two videos that crossed the billion-view mark — but some are fast approaching that milestone.

10. “Gentleman”, Psy

Views: 824,572,074
Uploaded: April 13, 2013


9. “On the Floor”, Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

Views: 824,595,444
Uploaded: March 3, 2011

8. “Bailando”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

Views: 827,687,633
Uploaded: April 11, 2014


7. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, Shakira featuring Freshlyground

Views: 837,847,531
Uploaded: June 4, 2010

6. “Love the Way You Lie”, Eminem featuring Rihanna

Views: 847,790,993
Uploaded: August 5, 2010

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