YouTube Billion Views Club: Gangnam Style, J Balvin, Bieber and more


This Friday, July 15 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video – and the Korean artist’s combination of stylish whimsicality, signature dance moves, synth hooks and satirical edge made it the first video to go viral over 1 billion views Youtube.

Less than six months after its release, “Gangnam Style” became the first award winner in YouTube’s Billion Views Club on December 21, 2012. And today, with 4.47 billion views (and counting), it remains on YouTube’s top 5 list of most viewed music videos of all time.

In a statement from YouTube, Psy commented, “Being the first artist to hit 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 push boundaries is a true honor.”

Fun historical note: In 2014, YouTube joked that “Gangnam Style” broke its video views count when it surpassed 2.147 billion views; The software was originally limited to 32-bit integer support (lol!).

Since Psy’s milestone a decade ago, dozens of other music videos have surpassed 1 billion YouTube views spanning genres and generations.

J Balvin and Justin Bieber both have 11 official music videos on YouTube’s Billion Views Club (on which they are the lead/featured artist or collaborator) – tying the most of any artist. Just behind is Ozuna with 10 and Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Maluma with eight each.

The YouTube Billion Views Club includes Luis Fonsi’s record-breaking hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Blackpink’s “How You Like That.” ‘, BTS’ ‘Boy With Luv’ featuring 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 most viewed music videos of all time

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee – 7.8B
  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

Fastest music videos to reach 1 billion views by number of days after release

  • 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 – Wed Gente – 103 Days
  • Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – Echame La Culpa – 111 Days

Fewer videos from the pre-YouTube era have surpassed the billion views mark. The only song from the 1970s to be included in the club is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. 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 – Struck by lightning
  • Backstreet Boys – That’s the way I want it
  • dr Dre – Still DRE ft. Snoop Dogg
  • Aqua – Barbie girl
  • Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. LV) YouTube Billion Views Club: Gangnam Style, J Balvin, Bieber and more

Charles Jones

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