Some songs can hit million views but not all can hit two billion views! Let’s see the songs that manage to reach this milestone. Is your favorite song listed down below? Let’s find out together.
1. Sugar – Maroon 5
Released: January 13, 2015
Genre: Disco, Funk pop, Soul
Maroon 5 is a popular band but the song Sugar is particularly special because it reaches 2 billion views! The song is written by Mike Mike Posner, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin along with two other producers, Ammo and Cirkut. Sugar ranked number 2 on the US billboard chart. Another achievement of this song is a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. I think the meaning of this song is pretty clear. It’s about how much he loves a man and how he is hurting every time she is away. The music video features the band crashing the weddings. Of course, it is a real wedding which makes the video fun to watch. Only the grooms are informed that there would be a band performing. However, they are not informed the band that would be performing. I’ve attached the video down below. It’s very interesting to see the reactions of the people at wedding! I mean, I’d be surprised too if Maroon 5 is crashing my wedding.
2. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Released: November 10, 2014
Length: 4:30 (studio version), 3:58 (radio edit)
Who doesn’t know Uptown Funk? The song is upbeat, catchy and we heard it pretty much everywhere after it was released. Also, listening to the song makes you feel happy. Guess what? Uptown Funk stayed number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. The song topped on the UK Charts for 7 weeks as well. Uptown Funk also won two Grammys, including Record of The Year. This song is one of the best-selling of all-time. 2.5 Billion people have viewed this and it’s the fourth most viewed video on Youtube. Well, it is said that there’s no definite meaning. The lyrics are mostly a play of words to match the music. Why does everything has to have a meaning, anyway? Having no meaning can mean something too, if that makes any sense.
3. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Released: August 18, 2014
Label: Big Machine, Republic
Shake it off, shake it off off off. The lyrics are catchy and easy to remember. Taylor Swift is well known in the music industry to write a good song. Once again, she proved it by writing Shake it Off which is the 6th most watched video on Youtube. This is her breakaway from country music to pop. Well, sometimes, a change is a nice thing. There’s no telling what her next album would be. Shake it Off stayed on the Billboard for 50 weeks too. Isn’t that an amazing achievement? Taylor is known to make songs about her exes but this time, it’s not. It’s about haters and to just, shake them off. After all, who cares about haters? Hater’s gonna hate anyway. So, why bother?
4. Despacito - Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
Released: January 13, 2017
Label: Universal Latin
Despacito is the new black right now. You’re probably wondering what this song means since it’s sung in Spanish. Well, Despacito means slowly. As for the rest? It’s about someone being attracted to someone physically, I suppose. It’s number 8th most viewed video on Youtube. Isn’t that awesome? Despacito also charted on 45 countries. Another fun fact? The first song in Spanish to rank on Billboard Hot 100. Haven’t seen this awesome Spanish song? Check it out down below on the video I’ve attached.
5. Sorry - Justin Bieber
Released: October 13, 2015
Genre: Dancepop-hall, tropical house
Label: Def Jam
Sorry is a single of Purpose Album. Like the title said, it’s a song about apology and second chances. Well, it’s never too late to say sorry. It’s better to say it rather than not saying it all. Sorry topped the chart on the Canadian Hot 100 for 7 weeks. It also stayed number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, as expected of Justin Bieber. The song is about an apology to people and media. Later on, he admitted that the speculation about this song being about Selena Gomez, Justin’s ex, is a little bit true.
6. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Released: November 10, 2014
Label: Big Machine, Republic
Yet another song from Taylor Swift that reached 2 billion views! The song also won Grammys for Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Song of The Year. Another amazing fact about this song? Taylor Swift is the first woman to top the Billboard in the Hot 100’s 56-year history. Now, onto the next question, what is the song trying to say? In the video, Taylor is acting like a mad woman with obsession of boys. You can watch it the video I’ve attached. The song Blank Space is meant to poke fun at the way media portrays her. Media always makes her seem like a crazed, men obsessed woman so she’s just making a song about it. I think it’s very clever and brilliant. You go girl, Taylor!
7. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
Released: March 10, 2015
Genre: Hip hop, pop rap
Album: Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
This song is on the soundtrack of Fast & Furious 7. See You Again is also meant as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, who passed away in a car accident on November 30, 2013. As the lyrics said, they’re sad that he’s gone and they’re going to be reunited again. It tells about the good times they’ve shared together and how they wanted him back. Losing someone is never easy. It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 along with Lose Your by Eminem and Black Eyed Peas’s Boom Boom Pow. The song is the 2nd most viewed Youtube Video.
8. Roar - Katy Perry
Released: August 10, 2013
Roar is another popular song that managed to get 2 billion views. It’s currently the 10th most viewed video on Youtube. It spent 8 weeks topping the US Billboard Hot 100. Other countries like France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Switzerland music charts are topped by Roar as well. It’s notably the most famous song on Prism Album.
9. Gangnam Style - PSY
Released: July 5, 2012
Label: YG entertainment, Universal Republic, School Boy
Album: PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1
Okay, now we’re talking. Gangnam Style is a sensation before. Everyone talked avout it before. A lot of popular singers claimed that they love the song, such as Britney Spears. It’s also the first song to reach 1 billion views! That’s how popular Gangnam Style is. It even surpassed the MV by Justin Bieber, Baby. The dance moves are awesome as well. It inspired lots of parodies out there. The song is about the lifestyle of a district called Gangnam, hence the song’s name. It’s meant to be some kind of a satire for that lifestyle. By the way, guess the first most viewed Youtube video. Yup, it’s Gangnam Style. It even topped the music charts of more than 30 countries.
10. Lean On - Major Lazer
Released: March 2, 2015
Label: Mad Decent, Because, Warner
Album: Peace is the Mission
Dubstep is all the rage right now. There are lots of DJs appearing from Marshmallow to Skrillex. Well, dubstep makes you feel like dancing. It’s a good type of music to dance to. Major Lazer’s Lean On is one of the upbeat songs that makes you feel like moving your body. It ranked 4th on the US Billboard Hot Chart. As for UK chart, it peaked number 2. Like the song said, we need someone to lean on. Being independent is a good thing but we sometimes need someone to lean on, no? The MV is filmed in India. Care to take a look? Here it is.
Is your favorite song listed here? Well, all the songs above are great so it’s no wonder that they managed to reach 2 billion views.
Agathe L (author) on September 16, 2020:
Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on September 29, 2018:
The above collection is perfect and those are some of my favorite. A great article perfect !!!!!
Agathe L (author) on July 26, 2017:
Yeah, not everyone likes him. I also like Taylor! As for Katy Perry, I like some of her songs but not all. Thank you for dropping by!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 25, 2017:
Ugh, Justin Bieber..not my cup of tea at all. But I do like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.