The Top 40 most streamed YouTube songs disclosed

As the end of the decade nearly approaches, major music streaming platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud have come out with personalized data-driven “top tracks of the year” playlists and other streaming history projects. Spotify easily struck users with their exclusive “My Decade Wrapped” feature, revealing users’ listening history from the past ten years. But let’s not forget one of the very first online streaming platforms us music lovers ever got free access to, the legendary Youtube. To close out 2019 with a bang, YouTube has disclosed its top 40 most played tracks of all time and it’s incredible to see how much music has evolved over the years.


While the Youtube statistical top 40 tracks of all time reveal aren’t personalized to individual users, its overall data sure speaks volumes. Each track’s streaming numbers range from the high millions to even billions of streams worldwide, demonstrating the power of music through history. From classics from the 80’s like Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ to the later 2000’s top-of-the-charts favourites like ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and the #1 spot winner ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi, the results display a wide array of music genres as the list goes on.

Electronic dance music is still a pretty young genre, but this legendary list includes some of the most widely recognized dance-infused catchy tunes such as ‘Barbie Girl’ by Acqua, ‘Crazy Frog’ by Axel F, and Korean pop/electro-house sensation ‘Gangnam Style’. Music is timeless, and these are all  songs that will surely keep on being streamed around the globe for many more years to come. Let’s see what the next decade has in store for us in terms of all-time favourites, but for now, make sure to check out which tracks made the YouTube Top 40 list below!

40. Rick Astley – ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

39. Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’

38. Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’

37. Bonnie Tyler – ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’

36. Aqua – ‘Barbie Girl’

35. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – ‘Still D.R.E.’

34. Backstreet Boys – ‘I Want It That Way’

33. Europe – ‘The Final Countdown’

32. The Police – ‘Every Breath You Take’

31. Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’

30. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’

29. Scorpions – ‘Wind of Change’

28. 4 Non Blondes – ‘What’s Up’

27. Cyndi Lauper – ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’

26. 50 Cent – ‘In Da Club’

25. Whitney Houston – ‘I Will Always Love You’

24. Linkin Park – ‘In The End’

23. System of a Down – ‘Chop Suey!’

22. Chris Brown – ‘Loyal’

21. Katy Perry – ‘Hot N Cold’

20. Beyonce – ‘Halo’

19. A-ha – ‘Take On Me’

18. The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’

17. Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

16. Taylor Swift – ‘You Belong With Me’

15. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Sweet Child of Mine’

14. Lady Gaga – ‘Bad Romance’

13. Guns N’ Roses – ‘November Rain’

12. Linkin Park – ‘Numb’

11. Axel F – ‘Crazy Frog’

10. Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

9. OneRepublic – ‘Counting Stars’

8. Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

7. Maroon 5 – ‘Sugar’

6. Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’

5. PSY – ‘Gangnam Style’

4. Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’

3. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’

2. Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape of You’

1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – ‘Despacito’