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'Baby Shark' is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time ... but what else is in the top 10?

From music tracks to videos for children, we round up the most-watched uploads on the platform

'Baby Shark Dance' is now the most-viewed video on YouTube. 
'Baby Shark Dance' is now the most-viewed video on YouTube. 

Just when you thought you could escape Baby Shark, it's back in the news. This time, it's because the music video for the ridiculously catchy children's track about a shark family has just been named YouTube's most-viewed video of all time, surpassing Spanish track Despacito on the platform.

For those curious, here are the other videos that make up the top 10 most-viewed uploads on YouTube.

10. 'Sorry' by Justin Bieber, October 2015 (3.35 billion views)

Justin Bieber became the second musical artist ever to reach the one billion view club on YouTube, but did so with Baby – although that’s not currently in the top 10. Instead it’s Sorry, the second single from his album Purpose, which was released in October 2015. The music video is Bieber’s most watched and became one of the fastest uploads to reach two million views.

9. 'Learning Colours – Colourful Eggs on a Farm' by Miroshka TV, February 2018 (3.65 billion views)

This five-minute video, uploaded by Russian-language, child-orientated animation channel Miroshka TV, helps children learn the names of different colours in Russian. Strangely, there’s also the tune of English nursery rhyme Old MacDonald Had a Farm playing in the background.

8. 'Gangnam Style' by Psy, July 2012 (3.84 billion views)

This mega hit by the South Korean artist has the honour of being the first YouTube video to be viewed more than a billion times – reaching the milestone fewer than six months after its release. It also became the first video to reach two billion views. But for a track that’s been out since July 2012, it’s enjoyed an impressive stay in the top 10 most-watched YouTube videos.

7. 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, November 2014 (3.99 billion views)

The earworm was a chart-topping hit when it was released in 2014 and became one of the most popular YouTube videos, with fans repeatedly listening to the track on the platform. Uptown Funk charted in 19 countries and reached the top 10 in 15 others.

6. 'Johny Johny Yes Papa; by LooLoo Kids, October 2016 (4.15 billion views)

Another video created for children, Johny Johny Yes Papa is a short, animated music video about a mischievous baby and his father. It’s a song about a baby trying to eat sugar cubes even though his Papa doesn’t approve. The song is short, simple and, maybe more importantly, quite catchy.

5. 'Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster' by Get Movies, January 2012 (4.36 billion views)

Recipe for Disaster is an episode from the Russian CGI-animated TV show Masha and the Bear. The show is also widely popular outside of Russia (it’s also on Netflix) and many episodes have high view counts on YouTube, although none as high as this particular video. It’s also the highest viewed non-music video of all time on YouTube.

4. 'See You Again' by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, April 2015 (4.79 billion views)

The music video of the track from the Furious 7 soundtrack debuted in April 2015 and serves as a tribute to Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013. At one point in 2017, it was the most-viewed YouTube video before being eclipsed. See You Again was also the second video to pass the two billion view mark.

3. 'Shape of You' by Ed Sheeran, January 2017 (5.04 billion views)

It’s not a surprise to see an Ed Sheeran track in the top 10. Shape of You is undeniably catchy and holds the record for being the third-fastest video to reach one billion views and the second fastest to the reach two and three billion mark as well. It was also named Billboard Mainstream Top 40’s number one song of the 2010s.

2. 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, January 2017 (7.03 billion views)

For a while, no one could escape Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's collaboration. The Spanish track debuted on YouTube in January 2017 and racked up more than one billion views in just 97 days (the second fastest to ever do so). It then garnered more milestones including becoming the first video to exceed four, five, six and seven million views on the platform.

1. 'Baby Shark Dance' by Pinkfong! Kids’ Songs & Stories, June 2016 (7.04 billion views)

This is yet another track for children that also somehow became an inescapable tune for adults as well. The ridiculously catchy song about a shark family, produced by Korean educational entertainment company Pinkfong, this week surpassed Despacito to become the new most-viewed YouTube video, reaching more than seven billion views and counting.

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Updated: November 3, 2020 02:33 PM

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