The 10 most listened songs in history

In a not too distant time, the record sales certification was the system used to recognize the success of an artist. The Silver, Gold, Plantino and Diamond Records marked the triumph of a certain album or single. But, gradually, the number of candidates needed to determine such a distinction was diminishing. Originally, in Spain it was necessary to sell 50,000 and 100,000 copies to reach the Gold and Platinum Records respectively. The figure decreased to 20,000 and 40,000 units. But not all the numbers related to music have decreased. In fact, the number of views of some musical themes has only grown. The video clips do not reach the figures of another dimension of some publications on YouTube, butthey can boast of billionaire figures . As of today (because the list can change in the blink of an eye) this is the top ten most listened to songs on the platform. Click on the title to listen to them.

Baby Shark Dance (Pinkfong Songs for Children) – 7,206,570,914 views

There are probably people on this planet Earth who have not heard Baby Shark , a nursery rhyme about a family of sharks . But what there is no doubt is that there are families with young children in their midst who have made it their soundtrack for hours and hours. Hence, it recently reached number one with more than 7.2 billion views.

Despacito (Luis Fonsi – ft. Daddy Yankee) – 7,063,375,201 views

There was a time, not so distant, in which people could listen to a song on their computer, mobile or radio and later dance it in bars and discos. And in them, this song was the queen. It was presented by the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi in 2017 and it was still being heard strongly before the pandemic.

Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) – 5,069,943,360 views

Originally written to be performed by Rihanna , British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran decided to keep it to himself. What I did not expect is that it would become one of the most famous songs of the decade, a leader in 34 countries and a phenomenon on YouTube.

See You Again (Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth) – 4,821,058,067 views

The death of Paul Walker destroyed all the fans of the full throttle movie saga . For the farewell to his character, Brian O’Conner, in Fast & Furious 7 , the Atlantic Records label and the Universal Pictures studio made an appeal that won Charlie Puth , who along with Wiz Khalifa broke all imaginable records in 2013.

Johny Johny Yes Papa (LooLoo Kids) – 4,245,028,767 views

Johnny his father has caught him eating sugar. You don’t need to know more to get caught up in this Kenyan lullaby, although other sources place its origin in India in the 60s.

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson in the video for 'Uptown Funk!'.

Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars) – 4,009,229,462 views

British musician, DJ, songwriter and producer Mark Ronson played it safe and, for his fourth studio album, enlisted the collaboration of his friend Bruno Mars . The result was the most-listened track of all time in the UK after being streamed 2.5 million times in a single week. And in terms of visits on YouTube it has not done badly either.

Gangnam Style (PSY) – 3,860,837,574 views

No one doubted that he would be a “one hit” author, at least worldwide … But what a success! South Korean rapper PSY broke all the rules with a song in which he parodied the luxurious lifestyle of Gangnam, a district in southern Seoul known for its crazy nightlife and the high purchasing power of its neighbors. At its peak of popularity, it was viewed 19 million times a day on YouTube, which was about 116 views per second.

Sorry (Justin Bieber) – 3,362,988,316 views

Color, fun and optimism. Canadian singer Justin Bieber apologized by seducing critics and audiences with a mix of house and tropical rhythms that became one of the most popular songs of 2015.

Sugar (Maroon 5) – 3,325,566,664 views

Inspired by the movie From Wedding to Wedding , starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn , the third single from the band’s fifth album Maroon 5 shows its members appearing by surprise at various banquets.

Roar (Katy Perry) – 3,212,573,313 views

Katy Perry’s leap to maturity was staged by this catchy song she composed after undergoing therapy to overcome her divorce with Russell Brand and in which she ends up becoming a queen of the jungle.

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