The Top 10 Most-Played Mu­sic Videos On YouTube

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Wiz Khal­ifa and Char­lie Puth’s “See You Again” has de­throned South Korean megahit “Gang­nam Style” to be­come the most pop­u­lar mu­sic video on YouTube. Since it took the in­ter­net by storm five years ago, Psy’s “Gang­nam Style” was YouTube’s most-played mu­sic video, amass­ing 2,147,483,647 views and break­ing the web­site’s play counter, forc­ing the com­pany to tweak its code.

“See You Again” was writ­ten for the movie Fu­ri­ous 7, play­ing in the clos­ing cred­its as a trib­ute to the late ac­tor Paul Walker. It was the best­selling song world­wide in 2015 and it sur­passed 2 bil­lion YouTube views last Septem­ber. With 2,901,258,827 views at the time of writ­ing, it has over­taken Gang­nam Style’s 2,896,057,465. How­ever, its reign as the mostviewed video on YouTube is likely to be short-lived. “Des­pac­ito,” by Luis Fonsi, has al­ready got­ten 2.5 bil­lion views in six months while Khal­ifa and Puth’s song was viewed 1 bil­lion times dur­ing its first half year on YouTube.

The fol­low­ing in­fo­graphic shows the 10 most viewed mu­sic hits on YouTube at the time of writ­ing. “Des­pac­ito” has al­ready sky­rock­eted up to fifth place and it shows no signs of slow­ing down. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber is in third place with 2.64 bil­lion views, while Tay­lor Swift is present in the rank­ing twice. Her songs “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” have 2.25 and 2.10 bil­lion views, plac­ing them 6th and 10th re­spec­tively.

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