It felt like yesterday when the world was mesmerized by Psy’s “Gangnam Style”. The song took the world by storm, being the first video to reach a billion views on YouTube. It’s been ten years and while there are now hundreds of videos to have hit the one billion view mark. Despite the sheer volume of videos, it’s still something that’s considered exceptional and rare, accessible only to a select few. YouTube recognized these artists and inducted them into the “Billion Views Club”. YouTube marked the day to celebrate the billion-view milestone, ten years after Psy’s first billion-view video was uploaded to the platform.
Warning: contagious melodies
While Psy was the first, it didn’t take long for others to join him in the Billion Views Club (BVC). Justin Bieber would become the second artist to reach one billion views with his original hit, “Baby.” Bieber would go on to have hits on the platform and currently has 11. billion video views, sharing the honor with J Balvin. Adele takes home top honors for amassing a billion views in the shortest amount of time, in just 88 days. The video with the most views on YouTube by an artist at 9.7 billion? You guessed it, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi. We all know the song couldn’t be escaped in 2017. It was everywhere.
So if you want to spend some time on a nostalgic trip, YouTube has curated just over 200 videos that have at least a billion views. While you may not be able to watch them all, you will definitely want to at least watch some of the videos in the BVC Playlist. The playlist includes a variety of different artists, spanning all genres, as well as a variety of time periods.