There Are Now A Dozen Music Videos With At Least 2 Billion Views On YouTube – Forbes

Meghan Trainor attends the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Recently, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” music video joined a very small group of other official clips that have been established by music lovers around the globe as the most beloved and most watched of all time. “Bass” is now one of just a dozen music videos that have managed to blow past the two billion view mark on the world’s most popular video hosting platform. Having a track accumulate several billion views is an incredible accomplishment for any artist and any song, and it confirms that each of the clips that have done so truly are some of the songs that the public simply can’t get enough of, even years after they first watched what would turn out to be a new favorite treatment.

The near-unbelievable number of views these 12 music videos have been able to collect (it is well over 25 billion by this point) also shows just how valuable YouTube has become, both to major players in the music industry and to those who are looking for an easy way to access their favorite tunes anywhere in the world. It’s difficult to believe that any of the dozen visuals that have collected two billion views have done so by reaching two billion different people, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to guess that tens of millions, or perhaps even well over 100 million people have contributed to the billions of YouTube streams these hits have racked up. Those billions of clicks come from every city, state and country, which makes YouTube a truly global streaming service, at least in some regards. 

Psy continues to lead the way by a wide margin with his standout hit “Gangnam Style,” which remains far and away the single most popular upload on YouTube. The song currently has 2.88 billion views, and that figure climbs every single day, sometimes by more than a million clicks. The breakout surprise hit is even approaching a point when that two will become a three.

Trainor and Psy are joined by fellow superstars like Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Maroon 5, all of whom have sent at least one of their videos into the stratosphere. Only Swift has seen two of her music videos (“Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”) pass two billion views.

What video will become the lucky thirteenth to be included in this group? At the moment it looks like Adele’s “Hello,” which may only be days away from the honor.

Here is the full list of music videos that have passed the two billion view mark on YouTube:

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