The Billion Views Club – YouTube

Valentine’s Day. Feb 14th 2005. YouTube was born. Three ex-employees of PayPal started this platform, that has changed the way we consume media. Their first video was titled ‘Me at the Zoo’ which features co-founder Jawed Karim describing the length of an elephant’s trunk set in the San Diego zoo! Little did he realise the magnitude of the elephantine revolution he had kickstarted! YouTube now has over a billion users, which is almost a third of the official number of people on our planet who access the Internet.

What do people do on YouTube? 

To answer this question I looked at the most popular videos on Youtube and here are  my Top Ten observations:

1. Nine videos have so far crossed the magic billion views mark.

2. It’s not surprising that all nine are music videos.

3. Girl Power is on full display here with five videos making the cut. Both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have two videos each in the billion club to their credit. Wow!

4. Men seem to have been a bit caught out with two videos featuring  out-of-shape blokes dancing to their own tunes. Refer PSY in  Gangham Style and ‘All about that bass’ to discover the truth!

5. Gangham style with 2.4 billion views leads the pack. It’s interesting to note that the world has approx 80 million Koreans. It’s evident that music seems to transcend language barriers. It is also interesting to note that the No (1) on the charts has more views than the sum of No (2) and (3)! The winner takes it all..

6. The English language rules with 7 out of the 9 videos. Korean and Spanish (Enrique) are the other two languages making the list. A wake up call for the Chinese and the Indians!

7. ‘See you again’ is all set to make the fastest entry into the billion club. It was uploaded in April, 2015 and has been seen 970M+ times already. It’s no surprise since its from the soundtrack of ‘Fast & Furious’.

8. The ‘oldest’ song in the club is called ‘Baby’ by Justin Beiber and was uploaded in Feb 2010. Uncanny to say the least!

9. November 2014 was a block buster month with the upload of ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift and ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

10. Gangham style tripped YouTube up by crossing the limit of 2,147,483,647 views. The new upgraded view limit is a little more than 9 quintillion! That’s the next big challenge for the world!

I wonder if the founders Chad, Steve and Jawed could have ever imagined the staggering scale of their creation! They started off from a small pad located above a pizzeria. It’s surprising how ubiquitous pizzas are across the world too. But that’s another story …

The Billion Views Club



Video name

Uploader / artist



Gangnam Style





Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris



Blank Space

Taylor Swift



Dark Horse

Katy Perry featuring Juicy J




Katy Perry



Shake It Off

Taylor Swift




Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona



All About That Bass

Meghan Trainor



Uptown Funk

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars



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