Old Music Hits that have Surpassed 1 Billion Views on Youtube

Getting a decent number of audiences on the largest video streaming platform in the world is not as hard now as it was before. While getting a million YouTube views is still a triumphant feat, it’s not an uncommon milestone to reach nowadays. According to the latest statistics, YouTube has over 2 billion users from across the world– that’s about a third of the entire internet population.

That is why our collective metrics for what video is the most “Youtube popular” continues to expand. It was such a big deal when, in 2012, “Gangnam Style” by PSY became the first-ever Youtube video to have crossed the threshold to billion views. However, as years went by, more and more videos were able to catch up and earn their spot in Youtube’s so-called Billion Views Club.

“Despacito,” the website’s most-viewed video to date, has a whopping 6.95 billion views. In the elite list, the work of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is currently followed by the “Baby Shark Dance” and “Shape Of You” with 6.77 and 5.01 billion views, respectively. The ‘Billion Views Club’ is a long list made up mostly of commercial music videos, along with some other types of content.

True enough, it’s nothing new to see our current music superstars dominating the list with their masterpieces. So when you see songs created from way, way back– as in the time before Youtube even came to life in 2005, it’s considered a monumental achievement for those artists of the previous era– proof that they are timeless legends.

Check out these oldies-but-goodies and their respective music videos that have reached a billion views since their initial upload.

November Rain- Guns and Roses

Upload Date: Dec 25, 2009

Current View Count: 1,443,052,989


Numb- Linkin Park

Upload Date: Mar 5, 2007

Current View Count: 1,463,123,633


Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

Upload Date: Aug 1, 2008

Current View Count: 1,210,880,606


Sweet Child o’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses

Upload Date: Dec 25, 2009

Current View Count: 1,137,407,937


Take On Me- a-ha

Upload Date: Jan 7, 2010

Current View Count: 1,131,496,504


Zombie- The Cranberries

Upload Date: Jun 17, 2009

Current View Count: 1,049,549,113


Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

Upload Date: Jun 17, 2009

Current View Count: 1,132,001,166


Do I Wanna Know?- Arctic Monkeys

Upload Date: Jun 19, 2013

Current View Count: 1,051,992,971


*The view count indicated for each video is the latest as of October 7, 2020, at 4:25 PM.

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