We seem to be spending more and more time on the World Wide Web. Created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, this worldwide phenomenon has now seen us share, poke watch more video content than ever. Nothing could be more evident than the influence of YouTube. This Google owned video sharing site started out in February 2005, thanks to three employees who were working at PayPal. Whether you are sharing content, uploading or viewing video clips, there is no doubt that YouTube is one of the most popular sites out there. In fact, it has made stars out of celebrities that are now more popular than ever.
This includes the likes of Justin Bieber, who originally uploaded a host of clips to this particular site back in 2007. It was just a matter of time before manager, Scooter Braun discovered the pint-sized pop impresario. It was thanks to YouTube that Bieber was discovered, where he later went on to have a chance to meet with singer, Usher. The rest, as they say, is history. With hundreds of videos being viewed and uploaded every day, here is the roundup of the most popular YouTube videos of all time.
10 Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michael Teló, 573.5 million views
Produced in 2008, Ai, se eu te pego! Is better known as Oh, If I Get You. This incredibly popular hit was originally sung by Sharon Acioly and Antônio Dyggs. An overwhelming success across Quebec, not to mention Latin America, the Brazilian group Cangaia de Jegue are responsible for this YouTube smash. It was not until 2011 that it grew, thanks to Brazilian singer, Michel Teló which has gone on to record more than 573 million views.
9 Bad Romance by Lady Gaga 589 million views
The top 10 would not be right without an appearance from Lady Gaga. Known for her myriad of controversial outfits and catchy lyrics, it seems everyone has gone goo goo for Gaga. With nearly 600 million views to her name, Bad Romance is certainly up there in terms of iconic videos.
8 Waka Waka (This time for Africa), Shakira, 687 million views
Her hips may not lie but Colombian pop princess, Shakira has blasted her way into the Top 10 with Waka Waka. The official 2010 FIFA World Cup song has been seen by nearly 700 million people around the globe. The soccer genes seem to have rubbed off on Shakira, as she is currently dating FC Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique.
7 Gentleman, Psy 699 million views
Psy features twice on the top 10 list and this first track, Gentleman, has been viewed an incredible 698 million times. His flamboyant style, techno led tunes and infusion of South Korean lyrics has seen this cheeky singer reach unimaginable heights of fame. Better known as Park Jae-sang, Psy has been seen all around the world and even performed a New Year’s Eve live concert to over a million people in Times Square, New York City.
6 Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO, 700 million views
Every day I'm shuffling, or so it goes. Party Rock Anthem has made everyone go crazy for their LMFAO track. Released in 2011, it has amassed an impressive 699 million hits which saw it reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo has made a string of hits since, and their addictive tunes ensure the dance floor is filled to the brim.
5 Love The Way You Lie, Eminem featuring Rihanna, 706 million views
Released in July 2010, Love the Way You Lie is collaboration between Rihanna and rap legend, Eminem. With a string of hits to his name, Marshall Bruce Mathers III or Slim Shady, is considered to be the biggest selling artist of this millennium. He has sold a staggering 45 million plus albums across the planet. At present, this particular video has now been viewed by more than 706 million times.
4 Charlie Bit My Finger, Harry and Charlie Davies-Carr, 726 million views
This may hurt a little if you decide to become one of the 726 million viewers that has already seen this clip. A cute little flick entitled 'Charlie bit my finger' has become one of the biggest internet sensations of recent time. What seems to be a tender moment between two siblings from the UK, turns into something far more sinister. It has of course spawned a host of copycat clips and has seen an app being developed as a result.
3 On the Floor, Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, 761 million views
This anthem by Jennifer Lopez has been causing waves across many clubs. It’s time to get your hand up in the air, as Pitbull joins the Latin American star on this track. In fact, Pitbull also joined forces again with Lopez in order to launch the official FIFA 2014 World Cup song in Rio in the past week.
2 Baby, Justin Bieber. 1.5 billion views
This baby faced assassin just misses out on the top spot in his quest for world domination. Canadian Justin Bieber is arguably one of the most recognizable faces in the world but he was not all cussing and speeding. On the contrary, Bieber was a fresh faced teenager once, as this video of Baby proves. With an incredible 1.5 billion views and counting since 2010, the monkey loving pop star has swept the charts and young teen’s hearts with this chat topping hit.
1 Gangnam Style, Psy, 2 billion views
There really is only one clear winner here, and that goes unsurprisingly to Psy for Gangnam Style. Weighing in with more than 2 billion hits on YouTube, the South Korean sensation has done it again. This out of the ordinary video enabled Psy to gain stardom with a host of television appearances and guest appearances. In only 50 days, Gangnam Style had attained 100 million views and has been seen by nearly half of the world’s population.