• "Despacito" is the most-viewed video of 2010s and the all-time.
  • Ed Sheen is the only artist to have two singles in the list
  • "November Rain," "Thriller" are in top 10 of the 80s
  • "Numb," "Bad Romance" raked in big number during 2000s

Luis Fonsi’s gigantic hit “Despacito” has been named YouTube’s most-watched music video of the decade with more than 6.5 billion views on the video streaming service.

According to Billboard, the Spanish track featuring Daddy Yankee is also the most-viewed music video on YouTube ever. On the other hand, Ed Sheeran is the only musician to have multiple entries in the top 10 music videos of this decade.

Sheeran’s widely popular “Shape Of You” is at number two with more than 4.5 billion views while the slow romantic number “Thinking Out Loud” comes in at number ten with over 2.8 billion views.

PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” which was the first-ever music video to hit the billion mark, is on the fourth position with more than 3.4 billion views while “Sugar” from “Maroon 5” is on seventh place with 3.08 billion views on YouTube.

The other songs included on the list were “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth), “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars), “Sorry” (Justin Bieber), “Roar” (Katy Perry) and “Counting Stars”(OneRepublic).

Meanwhile, it was Guns N’ Roses who reigned over both the ‘80s and the ‘90s. In the ‘80s, their song “Sweet Child O’ Mine” came in at number one with little over a billion views while their highly-successful track “November Rain” accumulated more than 1.27 billion views.

Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, had two entries on the ‘80s list. “Billie Jean” (700+ million views) and “Thriller” (630+ million views) were two of the most popular songs in that decade.

Meanwhile, the 2000s were dominated by Linkin Park as they had two songs in the coveted list. “Numb” with over 1.2 billion views was at the second position while “In The End” was on ninth with more than 890 million views on the video streaming service.

The complete list of YouTube’s most-watched music videos by decade is found below:


“Sweet Child O’Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1,026,321,29 views)
“Take On Me” – A-Ha (966,018,153)
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper (797,474,019)
“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson (717,041,719)
“Every Breath You Take” – The Police (716,451,277)


“November Rain” – Guns N’ Roses (1,275,474,139 views)
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana (990,292,925)
“Zombie” – The Cranberries (976,606,183)
“I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (883,325,731)
“What’s Up” – 4 Non-Blondes (780,419,277)


“Crazy Frog” – Axel F (1,894,959,380 views)
“Numb” – Linkin Park (1,283,779,857)
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga (1,139,998,193)
“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift (1,012,792,172)
“Halo” – Beyonce (961,272,647)


“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (6,558,078,465 views)
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran (4,517,718,066)
“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth (4,320,523,808)
“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (3,732,564,526)
“Gangnam Style” – PSY (3,471,161,219)

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran should not be asked to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, says one writer. Pictured: Sheeran performs in concert on the opening night of his Australian tour at Optus Stadium on Mar. 2, 2018 in Perth, Australia. Getty Images/Paul Kane