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The Billion View Club: YouTube’s Most Watched Music Videos

From “Gangnam Style” to “Despacito”

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YouTube’s Billion View Club is an elite group, but membership is growing fast. For a decade, very few videos ever even approached the milestone – in fact, as of the start of June 2015, only two clips could boast a billion-plus views. Then, over the course of 2015 alone, over 10 new clips crossed the mark, and more are likely to follow suit shortly. While the Billion View Club is still an exclusive circle, let’s look back at the videos that will likely stand as monuments of our time.

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Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, “Bailando”

Enrique Iglesias released two videos for his single "Bailando" — in Spanish and Spanglish — but it was the Spanish one that rose to the top and became the second non-English video to reach a billion views (following up Psy's massive "Gangnam Style"). According to YouTube Music Insights, one-third of the views on the warm and catchy 2014 clip — which features Iglesias, Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno traveling through scenes of flamenco dancers and soccer players — come from Mexico, Colombia and Argentina alone. 

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Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Katy Perry's foray into trap-pop was accompanied by an Egypt-themed video that may be one of the singer's most controversial clips. Not only were there accusations of cultural appropriation due to the Egyptian imagery, but Muslim viewers created a petition to have the video taken down due to the blasphemous action of Perry's character turning a pendant bearing the word "Allah" in Arabic to dust. The pendant scene has since been edited, and the controversies did little to slow down Perry from becoming the first female artist to reach a billion views. 

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Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Meghan Trainor's doo-wop-inspired tune"All About That Bass" not only gave the singer a Number One hit but also helped make her the only artist to have their debut single reach a billion views on YouTube. In the colorful clip for the body positivity chart-topper, Trainor and her pristinely dressed, hair bow-wearing crew booty bump alongside Vine-famous dancer Sione Marschino — who helped the clip spread across the web.

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Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are the only two artists who have more more than one video to reach a billion views. "Shake It Off" was the first single off Swift's total pop crossover album 1989, and the fun, free-spirited video shows Swift testing out all kinds of dance moves — from ballet to twerking — in her effort to just shake, shake, shake, shake it off. 

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Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' throwback jam was accompanied by a nostalgic video that is just as charming as the song itself, so it's little surprise that the clip has cracked the billion-view mark on the YouTube. On the charts, "Uptown Funk" spent a lengthy 31 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, being beaten by just one week by LeAnn Rimes, who set the record for the longest stay in 1997 with "How Do I Live."