“Baby Shark” became the first YouTube video to reach 10 billion views, a phenomenon for children.
Pinkfong’s eye-catching hit became the most-watched YouTube video of all time in November 2020. Just a year later, the video hit another milestone as the first video to hit ten billion views. Previous videos to reach these milestones were pop music videos, not kids’ videos.
The Baby Shark phenomenon has expanded to a show in Nickelodeon, a Baby Shark movie, and even Baby Shark NFTs. Baby Shark may be the first YouTube video to hit 10 billion views, but others are following close behind.
A quick look at Wikipedia’s rankings shows that the second most popular video is over three million behind at the time of writing. These rankings change, but as of January 2022, here are the most popular videos on YouTube.
- Pinkfong – “Baby Shark Dance” | 10 billion views
- Luis Fonsi – “Despacito” | 7.70 billion views
- LooLoo Kids – “Johny Johny Yes Daddy” | 6.10 billion views
- Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” | 5.58 billion views
- Wiz Khalifa – “See You” | 5.38 billion views
- Cocomelon – “Bath Song” | 4.86 billion views
- Miroshka TV – “Learning Colors” | 4.55 billion views
- Get Movies – “Masha and the Bear” | 4.48 billion views
- Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” | 4.42 billion views
- ChuChu TV – “Phonetic Song with Two Words” | 4.41 billion views
Among the ten most watched videos on YouTube, children’s videos occupy six of the ten spots. The first video to hit a billion views, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” isn’t even in the top 10 anymore. It sits at No. 11, trailed by songs designed to teach kids about their colors or how to say several syllables.
YouTube Billion Views Club
The billion-view club was one of the first metrics to gauge a video’s viral success. It took three years after Psy’s “Gangnam Style” hit one billion views for another video to reach that milestone. Since then, here are some interesting facts about the Billion Views Club.
Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” music video was the first video shot before the creation of YouTube to join the club in July 2018. Linkin Park’s “Numb” was the first video of the 2000s to reach one billion views later that year, in November 2018. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the first 1970s video to join the club in July 2019. And Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” is the first music video 80s to join the club in October. 2019.