Videos having 1 billion views doesn't necessarily mean 1 billion discrete people have watched the video. If you factor in all the grown ups who don't care, the people too young to be interested, the people without access to internet (let alone wi-fi) and the people who have never even heard of some of these artists, you aren't really left with all that many people. I personally must have seen the "Blank Space video" at least 25 times, and I don't even consider myself a die-hard Taylor Swift fan. I just really like the song. Imagine how many times people who REALLY like Taylor Swift must've watched it. 100? 200? 1,000?
I believe YouTube streams are the "box office earnings" of the future. People aren't purchasing songs anymore. It would be ludicrous to even suggest that someone go out and buy an album (except for Adele's 25, a weird aberration that somehow got people back into fyi or Barnes and Noble or wherever music is sold). You can see the number of streams on Spotify (and, doubtlessly, it's calculated into the Nielsen "streaming" rating, along with YouTube and Apple Music, among others), but YouTube is still the one that represents a song's popularity to the national consciousness.
To give you an example: in researching this article, I stumbled across a song, "Princess of China", by Coldplay featuring Rihanna. I had never heard of it, but it had over 100M views on YouTube." How could a song be so popular, and yet unknown to me?" Its YouTube views represented its popularity.
With that all said, let's jump right in to the 18 mega-hits with over 1 BILLION views on Vevo.
18 Love The Way You Lie - Eminem & Rihanna
17 Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) - Shakira
16 Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat. Goon Rock and Lauren Bennett
15 "Sugar" - Maroon 5
14 "Lean On" - Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ
13 Chandelier - Sia
12 Counting Stars - OneRepublic
11 Hello - Adele
10 Roar - Katy Perry
9 "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
8 Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
7 Bailando - Enrique Iglesias feat. Descember Bueno and Gente de Zona
6 Baby - Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris
5 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
4 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
3 See You Again - Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
2 Blank Space - Taylor Swift
1 "Gangnam Style" - Psy
Much like James Cameron's Avatar made like twice as much money at the box office as the next highest-grossing film of all time, Psy's "Gangnam Style" has literally over a BILLION more views than Taylor Swift's "Blank Space". If you thought that the "Lean On"/ "Jealous" comparison was meaningful, think about that. Essentially, "Gangnam Style" has 1000 million more views than "Blank Space". That sounds like the parodic number a child uses to explain to a mother how long she's been detained at a boring dinner party. ("Come on mom, let's go! We've been here for a thousand million hours!" - "You idiotic little brat, a thousand million is a billion!" -- the mom's had a little too much to drink...)
Sources: wikipedia.org, billboard.com
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