YouTube at 8: the most-watched videos of all time

From Psy's Gangnam Style to Justin Bieber, we look back at the most popular clips ever uploaded to the streaming video site

Party hats on, video fans: YouTube’s celebrating its eighth birthday today.


From its modest beginnings on April 23 2005, when co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the very first clip to the streaming video site, YouTube has gone on to become one of the web’s most popular destinations.

Its videos have racked up more than a trillion views to date (which works out to 140 views for every person on Earth) and more than 1bn users watch 4bn hours of content on the site every month.

But all YouTube videos are not created equal and some have proven far more popular than others. So, in celebration of YouTube turning eight, here are the most popular videos ever uploaded to the site for you to enjoy all over again:

1. Psy ‘Gangnam Style’

Views: 1,550,005,266

2. Justin Bieber ft Ludacris ‘Baby’

Views: 849,174,393

3.Jennifer Lopez ft Pitbull ‘On the Floor’

Views: 662,190,099

4.Eminem ft Rhianna ‘Love the Way You Lie’

Views: 552,198,949

5. LMFAO ‘Party Rock Anthem’


Views: 531,764,708