The Top 40 Most Popular Songs of All Time, According to YouTube [Updated for 2020]

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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. Korean girl group Blackpink isn’t in the list yet, but don’t count them out in 2020. “How You Like That” has already achieved over 500M views this year.

40. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”

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

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

37. Aqua – “Barbie Girl”

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

35. The Police – “Every Breath You Take”

34. Europe – “The Final Countdown”

33. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

32. Scorpions – “Wind of Change”

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

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

29. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

28. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up”

27. 50 Cent – “In Da Club”

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

25. System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”

24. Linkin Park – “In The End”

23. Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold”

22. Chris Brown – “Loyal”

21. Beyonce – “Halo”

20. The Cranberries – “Zombie”

19. A-ha – “Take On Me”

18. Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”

17. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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

15. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

14. Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”

13. Linkin Park – “Numb”

12. Axel F – “Crazy Frog”

11. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

10. OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”

9. Katy Perry – “Roar”

8. Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

7. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

6. PSY – “Gangnam Style”

5. Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk”

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

3. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

2. Pinkfong – “Baby Shark”

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