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YouTube Top-20 all-time most popular videos as of May 1, 2014
YouTube Top-20 all-time most popular videos as of May 1, 2014
Alexander Bell

YouTube Top-20 videos of all time

# Views Performer-Title

  • 1 1,980,264,498 PSY-GANGNAM STYLE
  • 2 1,028,657,638 Justin Bieber-Baby
  • 3 750,104,955 Jennifer Lopez-On The Floor
  • 4 702,046,785 "Charlie"-Charlie bit my finger - again!
  • 5 691,764,628 Eminem-Love The Way You Lie
  • 6 678,835,363 LMFAO-Party Rock Anthem
  • 7 677,515,664 PSY-GENTLEMAN M/V
  • 8 651,920,647 Shakira-Waka Waka (Africa, 2010 FIFA)
  • 9 629,245,240 MIley Cyrus-Wrecking Ball
  • 10 581,447,083 Lady Gaga-Bad Romance
  • 11 566,023,070 Michel Teló-Ai Se Eu Te Pego
  • 12 550,418,727 Carly Rae Jepsen-Call Me Maybe
  • 13 550,321,849 Don Omar-Danza Kuduro
  • 14 526,463,126 Macklemore-Thrift Shop
  • 15 512,483,457 One Direction-What Makes You Beautiful
  • 16 507,992,553 Eminem-Not Afraid
  • 17 501,695,990 Gotye-Somebody That I Used To Know
  • 18 495,268,683 Adele-Rolling In The Deep
  • 19 493,297,884 Bruno Mars-The Lazy Song
  • 20 477,861,360 Katy Perry-Roar

YouTube Top5 of all times

1. PSY “Gangnam Style” music video remains an absolute popularity champion currently totaling almost surreal 1.980+ GigaViews (reminder: prefix Giga stands for a billion). This astronomical number, well exceeding the population of both Americas (North and South) and Europe combined is getting close to the entire global Internet users’ base (about 2.267 billion [2]).

2. Justin Bieber, another “GigaMan” on the list remains a second most popular entertainer on the planet - his iconic musical video clip "Baby" crossed the1 billion mark totaling now 1.028+ GigaViews. The stratospheric popularity index of this single hit far exceeds the entire population of USA, Canada [1] and Mexico combined, accounting for approx. half of the global Internet users’ base [2].

3. “On The Floor” music video featuring Jennifer Lopez is going figuratively through the roof accounted for 750+ MegaViews, thus outnumbering the entire population of North America.

4. The most popular Charlie on the Internet featured in that iconic video “Charlie bit my finger - again!” that is scoring now 702+ MegaViews.

5. Eminem and Rihanna’s collaborative music video “Love The Way You Lie” currently attracted more than 691 MegaViewers.

The entrance level to YouTube Top-lists

  • Top10 popularity club is currently raised to approximately 581 MegaViews
  • Top20: approx. 477 MegaViews
  • Top50: approx. 293 MegaViews
  • Top100: approx. 216 MegaViews

Note: all MegaViews numbers are rounded to nearest integer.


As it’s been for many years, 19 items in YouTube Top20 are of music-video genre and only one represents Internet humor category (“Charlie bit my finger - again!”). Notably, not a single hit but neither by Michael Jackson, nor Madonna made it to YouTube Top-100 (this reminds us how soon the once so-popular entertainers are forgotten; well, sic transit gloria mundi...). Also notable is Katy Perry’s debut in the YouTube Top-20 list: we can clearly “hear her roars” (LOL, currently #20). The grand total number of views calculated for Top100 most popular YouTube videos currently exceeds 36.9 GigaViews, which is more than 5x of entire world population [3].


  1. World Stat Info, North America
  2. Internet World Stats
  3. World population wiki

Disclaimer: All data in this article is provided on “AS IS” basis without warranty of any kind.