The Top 40 Most Popular Songs of All Time, According to YouTube

YouTube Most Popular Songs

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The 40 most popular songs on YouTube have been revealed. Unsurprisingly, songs released in the 2010s took the top spots for ‘most popular songs’ on the list.

Interestingly enough, only one song from the ’80s and ’90s crossed the one billion YouTube streams threshold ⁠— both songs by Guns N’ Roses. Every single song on the list in the 2010s achieved at least two billion streams.

Guns N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, Katy Perry, and Ed Sheeran all have at least two songs in this most popular songs list. The most popular song on the entire list was Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” which has achieved over six billion streams since it released in 2017. That’s a powerful boost from the “That’s So Sad” meme.

40. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”

39. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

38. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”

37. Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

36. Aqua – “Barbie Girl”

35. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – “Still D.R.E.”

34. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”

33. Europe – “The Final Countdown”

32. The Police – “Every Breath You Take”

31. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

30. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

29. Scorpions – “Wind of Change”

28. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up”

27. Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

26. 50 Cent – “In Da Club”

25. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”

24. Linkin Park – “In The End”

23. System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”

22. Chris Brown – “Loyal”

21. Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold”

20. Beyonce – “Halo”

19. A-ha – “Take On Me”

18. The Cranberries – “Zombie”

17. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

16. Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”

15. Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child of Mine”

14. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

13. Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”

12. Linkin Park – “Numb”

11. Axel F – “Crazy Frog”

10. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

9. OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”

8. Katy Perry – “Roar”

7. Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

6. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

5. PSY – “Gangnam Style”

4. Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk”

3. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

2. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – “Despacito”

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