YouTube Billion Views Club: Gangnam Style and J Balvin. Bieber and More


This Friday, July 15, marks the 10th anniversary of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video release — and the Korean artist’s combo of stylish quirkiness, trademark dance moves, synth hooks and satirical edge made it the first viral video to top 1 billion views on YouTube.

It was released less than six months later. “Gangnam Style” on Dec. 21, 2012, became the first honoree in YouTube’s Billion Views Club. And today, it remains on YouTube’s Top 5 list of the most-viewed music videos ever on the platform, with 4.47 billion views (and counting).

Psy stated in a YouTube statement that: “Being the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube was an extraordinary feeling 10 years ago and it still is today. To have played a role in paving the way for music of all kinds to transcend borders is a true honor.”

Fun historical note “Gangnam Style”Had broken its video-views count when it exceeded 2.147 billion viewers; originally, the software only supported 32-bit integers (lol!)).

Since Psy’s milestone a decade ago, dozens of other music videos have topped 1 billion YouTube views, 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 lead/featured artist or collaborator) — tied for the most of any artist. Right behind them is Ozuna with 10, and Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Maluma with eight each.

The YouTube Billion Views Club includes Luis Fonsi’s record-breaking smash “Despacito” ft. Daddy Yankee, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” ft. Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” ft. Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Blackpink’s “How You Like That,” BTS’ “Boy With Luv” ft. Halsey, Drake’s ”Hotline Bling,” A-ha’s “Take on Me,” Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” Ozuna’s “Se Preparó,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Maluma’s “Felices Los 4″ and Coolio’s 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

YouTube Music Videos Most Viewed on YouTube

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee – 7.8 billion
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You – 5.7 billion
  3. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth – 5.5 billion
  4. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars – 4.6 billion
  5. Psy – Gangnam Style (강남스타일) – 4.4 billion

By No. Published in a matter of days

  • 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 before YouTube reached the billion-views mark. The only song from the 1970s to join the club is Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Here are the songs from the ’80s and ’90s that have surpassed 1 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 Non Blondes – What’s Up
  • Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
  • Dr. Dre – Still D.R.E. Snoop Dogg
  • Aqua – Barbie Girl
  • Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. L.V.)


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