Oh, Youtube. Who hasn’t spent one too many hours watching videos, hoping from their comedy videos to their commentary videos to their compilations? Youtube provides millions and millions of videos to their 2 billion users yet their most significant contribution might actually be due to the music industry – making it so that only one out of their 25 most like videos is not a music video. People love watching and listening to music on Youtube, so much so that some of our popular music artists of today started their career by posting their songs on Youtube.
Most of this list might not surprise you, but there are some of the most liked videos on Youtube that are certain to give you a chuckle. How many of these videos have you watched? How many of these videos have you liked? Which ones surprise you?
Without further ado, let’s get into it. So which are the most liked videos on Youtube of 2020?
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1. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (39.96m likes)
Unsurprisingly enough, Luis Fonsi’s 2017 global sensation song, “Despacito”, stands at the top of the chart with over 39 million likes, a whopping 9 million likes ahead of the second most liked video on Youtube. Who doesn’t remember hearing this song at every bar, every cafe, every restaurant, for several months at a time?
Aside from the thousands of amateur parodies that it inspired, it was also covered by the likes of Justin Bieber, an incredibly famous Canadian singer.
Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has been the most-liked video on YouTube for over 900 days, as well as has remained the most-watched video in YouTube history with 6.6b billion views and counting. Who’s ready to try and catch up?
2. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (30.15m likes)
At one point the most-liked video on YouTube, this Wiz Khalifa video instead now sits in 2nd place, with over 30 million likes.
“See you again” was a collaboration between Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, who wrote the song for the 2017 movie “Furious 7”. The song was meant as a tribute to the franchise’s late star Paul Walker, who had died in a car crash only two years prior in 2013. This was an important song for both Paul Walker fans and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth fans.
It is a deeply sad and emotional song and it is appreciated by millions. Here is the link to an article describing the Paul Walker connection.
3. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (24.33m likes)
Ed Sheeran, the charming, red-headed, love song singing British artist – it is no surprise he has made it to the top 3 of most liked videos on Youtube. His 2017 hit was one of the fastest-growing videos in terms of popularity, hitting 1 billion views. To this day, “Shape of You” remains the second most-watched video on the entire platform.
4. “Faded” by Alan Walker (20.81m likes)
Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker stands at number 4 with his 2015 hit “Faded”. Norwegian singer Iselin Solheim produced the vocals for the song.
“Faded” is an EDM track. It managed to reach the top ten in countries all over the world in 2015. This commercial success translated into over 20 million YouTube likes and helped make Alan Walker’s career.
5. “Baby Shark Dance” from Pinkfong (20.62m likes)
This is likely the strangest entry on this list so far. “Baby Shark Dance”, a children’s song written by Pinkfong, stands at number 5, less than 20 million likes short of “Faded” at number 4.
Although the song has been around for a while, it ended up becoming viral in 2017 when it became a trend on social media, The #babysharkchallenge, which consisted of people posting videos of themselves doing the Baby Shark dance, led to the song gaining in popularity.
There was even a heartwarming video of Lebanese protesters using the song to soothe a 15 month-old boy. Who knew this simple children’s song would get this popular?
Here is a link to Lebanese protesters singing the song.
6. “Gangnam Style” by Psy (19.34m likes)
Most people still remember dancing to “Gangnam Style”, but this song came out almost 8 years ago already. This worldwide hit by Psy took over music culture for a long time, and many people likely still remember the dance that was featured in the music video.
“Gangnam Style” was the first YouTube video to hit 1bn views. It was also the most-liked YouTube video for over 1,400 days.
7. “Boy With Luv” by BTS featuring Halsey (18.31m likes)
The first but certainly not the last BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) song on this list stands at number 7. BTS, the highly famous Korean band with a fierce fan base of 22 million, reached over 18 million likes on their “Boy With Luv” video.
This song is also in collaboration with American pop star Halsey, known for songs such as “Without Me” and “Be Kind”.
8. “Dynamite” by BTS (18.02 likes)
BTS’s second track on this list, also at over 18 million likes, is their 2020 video for “Dynamite”. This song is a 1970s-influenced disco-pop song with elements of funk, soul, and bubblegum pop, which the band members wrote over Zoom calls during the quarantine.
9. “Alone” by Marshmello (17.73m likes)
Marshmello is one of the most-subscribed to people on YouTube, so it is not surprising that he has managed to make it into this list. Christopher Comstock, known professionally as Marshmello, an American electronic music producer and DJ, came out with his hit “Alone” on July 2016, and the hit has managed to remain on this list until this year.
10. “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B (17.38m likes)
Number 10 comes in with two of America’s music industry giants – Maroon 5 and Cardi B. A big hit from 2018, the video was the winning video at the MTV Video Play Awards, while the track won International Song of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards.
11. “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (16.34m likes)
“Señorita” is a song by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. This music video is the newest in the top 20, having only come out back in June 2019. It was a big commercial success too, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of the same year.
The music video portrays Cabello as a waitress in Miami, with Mendes as a newcomer to the city. They meet at a diner, and then at a party, and they proceed to fall in love. In the end, however, they are separated. It portrays young love and relationships and the fragility of human connection.
12. “How You Like That” by BLACKPINK (16.32m likes)
“How You Like That” is a song recorded by South Korean girl group called Blackpink. It was released in June of 2020, making the fact that this song has made it to number 12 with over 16 million likes. It is also not the only hit by Blackpink featured on the top 20 most liked videos on Youtube, which makes this group’s popularity all the more impressive.
13. “DNA” by BTS (16.17m likes)
Our third and final appearance by BTS is due to their 2017 track “DNA”. With over 16 million likes, this really reinforces BTS’s popularity not only in Korea but all over the world. The song “DNA” was recorded in both Korean and Japanese. The Korean version was released on September 18, 2017 and the Japanese version was released on December 6, 2017.
It was received with fantastic reviews by music critics and even likened to the works of Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendez and Avicii. The Korean version of “DNA” debuted at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart and number one on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100.
14. “Kill This Love” by BLACKPINK (15.87m likes)
Blackpink’s second entry on this list is a song called “Kill This Love”. It was released in 2019, and has been described as an electropop song. The lyrics talk about toxic relationships, abuse and their decisions to end such relationships. It is a very popular song and it was the group’s first song to reach the top 50 chart in the United Stated and in the United Kingdom. It was also at number 2 in South Korea.
They currently have an impressive amount of likes at over 15 million on Youtube.
15. “Hello” by Adele (15.86m likes)
Ballad-master and English singer, songwriter Adele stands at number 15 with her incredibly popular song and video “Hello”. “Hello” is a piano ballad with soul influences (including guitar and drums). Her song lyrics discuss universal themes of nostalgia and regret. She describes becoming estranged from a loved one, and the cinematography in the music video is also an important tool in creating an atmosphere of melancholy and sadness.
It took her and her co-writer, Greg Kurstin, six months to write the lyrics to this beautiful song, yet it paid off. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian described it as “a big ballad, but a superior example of its kind”, and “precisely the kind of lovelorn epic ballad that made Adele one of the biggest stars in the world.”. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune also wrote: “Lyrics that work best when they zoom in on personal details match her combination of vocal power and restraint.”
16. “Make This Video The Most Liked On Youtube” by MrBeast (14.94m likes)
This is the only non-music video in the top 20. And given MrBeast’s insane popularity on Youtube, it makes sense.
Jimmy Donaldson, more commonly known by his online alias MrBeast, is an American YouTuber notable for his expensive stunts and philanthropy. He is projected to become Youtube’s first billionaire. His videos consist of either over-the-top stunts such as filling their brother’s house with slime or setting off a record amount of fireworks, or they consist of unorganized philanthropy, giving random subscribers cars, money, or subscribers.
This video itself takes inspiration from the most-liked Instagram post, which was just an egg posted by an account called world record egg. MrBeast decides to run the ‘Egg Olympics’ and asks people to make his video the most-liked on the platform.
17. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (14.92m likes)
You most likely remember this song, “Uptown Funk”. It was everywhere at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 and it was a global sensation. It won a slew of awards including Best Pop Video at the UK Music Video Awards and Best Male Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. It was also a trailblazing song in terms of style and cinematography.
The song is a funk-pop, soul, boogie, disco-pop and Minneapolis sound track. It has a spirit akin to the 1980s-era funk music. Bruno Mars wear colourful clothing and talks about charisma, confidence and masculinity. “Uptown Funk” is intrinsically about self-love and acceptance in the most cheerful and masterful way.
18. “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” by BLACKPINK (14.87m likes)
Our third and last appearance by the South Korean girl group Blackpink, it’s “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”. It was released on June 15, 2018 by YG Entertainment. The single was a commercial success in South Korea, staying at the top of the Gaon Digital Chart for three consecutive weeks. The music video became the most viewed online video, and second most watched music video of all time within 24 hours, at the time of its release. It has since become the first and fastest music video by a K-pop group to reach 1 billion views, and it is currently the most-viewed music video by a K-pop group on YouTube. It stands at number 18 on this list with over 14 million likes.
19. “Baby” by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris (14.87m likes)
Now this one is a throwback. Who doesn’t remember young Justin Bieber and his first major hit “Baby” playing on the radio all day, every day?
Having come out in 2010, this video is the oldest on this list and was previously the most-liked video on YouTube for 120 straight days before losing the top spot to LMFAO. Ten years later, this song still had managed to remain on the top 20 most liked Youtube videos.
20. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish (14.47m likes)
Billie Eilish, a teenage singing sensation, makes it to the end of this list with her acclaimed hit “Bad Guy”. This song has won 5 Grammys.
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connor wrote the song together. In the song, Eilish taunts her lover for being a bad guy, while also claiming that she is more resilient than he is. It is partly sarcastic.
Billie Eilish’s style is incredibly unique yet universal enough that people tend to connect really well with her music. As a younger singer and songwriter, we cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.