Many artists make their mark on the industry by posting their music videos on YouTube. And, the list is growing since it is so easy to post on the site. From Justin Bieber to Ed Sheeran, the list goes on and on. These artists have grown in popularity thanks to YouTube and the number of views they’ve received. So keep reading to find out about the top 10 most-watched music videos on YouTube.
From One Hit Wonders to Music Classics
If you go to YouTube, there are certain songs that will keep showing up on the main page, such as Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee or Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. These are the two most-watched songs on YouTube, along with Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Gangnam Style by Psy, Sorry by Justin Bieber and Sugar by Maroon 5. Katy Perry’s, Roar and Taylor Swift’s, Shake it Off are not far behind.
Why These Music Videos Are So Popular
What do these songs have in common? Sure, many of them are written by people who are quite popular, such as Sheeran, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry. However, you may never have heard any other songs by Luis Fonsi or Psy.
In fact, Psy’s song, Gangnam Style was the first one to get a billion views even though it’s in Korean and most of the people listening to it don’t speak Korean. The same goes for Despacito which is being listened to by people who don’t speak Spanish and don’t even understand what the title means, which is “slowly.”
One Common Denominator: A Fast Beat
So why have these songs become so popular? One of the main reasons is because they have a great beat. Many of us like to listen to music while we’re walking, jogging or dancing, not just when we’re sitting around. So, we tend to go for songs which make us want to move and Despacito and Gangnam Style definitely do that.
In fact, if you go through this entire list of top 10 songs, you’ll find that they’re all quite fast and dance-worthy, except for See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, which alternates between a slow melody and a fast rap section.
It’s Not Just the Music, It’s the Videos
Another thing that you’ll find in these top 10 songs is that they all have appealing music videos. Despacito has an exotic feel, since they shot it in Puerto Rico, with undertones of sex appeal. Shape of You, however, breaks the mold by featuring a romance between two characters who meet while boxing.
Justin Bieber’s, Sorry is also essentially a humorous video even though it features attractive women twerking. There’s a certain relatability about these videos that might be appealing to viewers. They don’t always feature people who look perfect but rather people that viewers can relate to easily.