2019 isn’t the only thing ending this December 31. The new year will also mark the new decade. The world will once again witness the 20s, this time, however, it will be the 2020s. But before everyone bids the 2010s goodbye, YouTube came out and reminded people what went down this past decade. They already revealed the top trending music videos of 2019. Now, they’ve listed down most-watched music videos of the decade. It’s got some heavy favorites, songs that have since become iconic, and a few surprises.
Without further ado, here are YouTube’s most-watch music videos of the 2010s:
1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
Was there ever any doubt that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” will make it? Let alone top this list? At a time, it was the biggest hit in the world. It almost broke the record for the most consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart.
2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]
Surely this song got stuck in your head at some point. “Shape Of You” remains one of Ed Sheeran‘s biggest singles to date. And its compelling music video, starring the ginger-haired crooner himself, helped it soar in the charts. It’s no wonder it came second on this list of most-watched music videos of the decade.
3. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
“See You Again” not only became the biggest soundtrack hit from the “Fast & Furious” franchise, but it also catapulted Charlie Puth to worldwide fame. But perhaps, part of what helped the music video make it on this list was the bittersweet moment in the franchise, and in the industry, with the passing of Paul Walker.
4. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars
The song that resurrected funk for the new generation. And with Bruno Mars‘ expert showmanship, the music video for “Uptown Funk” really made it big. Of course, fans appreciated Mark Ronson‘s cameo also. It’s always great seeing producers, especially those as handsome as Ronson, take the spotlight from time to time.
5. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE(강남스타일) M/V
At some point in YouTube history, Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” music video became the most-watched video of all time. It even became one of the first uploads on the platform to reach a whopping billion viewers. And to this day, there are still people who do that iconic dance to this now iconic song.
6. Justin Bieber – Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)
Justin Beiber‘s “Purpose” album will go down in the history books as the record that made him a man. It was at this point in his career that he went from being a teen idol to a mare superstar. “Sorry” became the album’s biggest hit, thanks, in part, to his colorful and comedic music video for it.
7. Maroon 5 – Sugar (Official Music Video)
Who wouldn’t want to get surprised by Maroon 5 by suddenly performing at your wedding? It’s those feel-good surprise moments that got the “Sugar” music video on this list. Unfortunately, however, some of the people in the video have confirmed that the surprises were all fake. Still, that doesn’t take the feels away from the music video!
8. Katy Perry – Roar (Official)
Well, the ‘Katy-cat’ wanted to roar and the world listened and watched her do it. Coming back to her quirky roots, Katy Perry‘s “Roar” music video has achieved almost three million views in the past few years. It only goes to show how much fans really love the pop star when she’s at her best.
9. OneRepublic – Counting Stars (Official Music Video)
Not since “Apologize” has a OneRepublic song done so well on the charts like “Counting Stars”. And with a compelling (and slightly disturbing) storyline to match, it makes sense the music video for this single made it on this list. Oh, the power of a great story in a great song!
10. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud [Official Video]
Ed Sheeran makes another appearance on this list with what’s probably his biggest slow song hit. Surely, many people have been to at least one wedding where they played “Thinking Out Loud”. That’s how big of an impact this song, as well as the music video, left on fans.
What do you think of YouTube’s list? Do you agree with the music videos on here? Which ones do you think did not deserve to be as popular? Share your thoughts and reactions in our comments section below!
- YouTube Most-Watched Videos 2010 – Forbes.com