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YouTube reveals the top 10 music videos of 2017

'Despacito' is still going, baby.


Christine Friar


Published Dec 6, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 8:52 am CDT

It’s December, which means year-end lists from all of the streaming services are coming in fast and hot—and the latest is from YouTube. The company revealed its top 10 most-played music videos of 2017 Wednesday morning.

It ended up being a historic year for streaming music, with numbers soaring past anything the platform had seen previously. As Variety points out, the record for most-viewed YouTube video was held by Psy’s “Gangnam Style” for nearly five years. The South Korean rapper was unseated twice in 2017, though: First in July by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth, and then again the following month by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee, which is chilling in the No. 1 spot with over 4.4 billion views. Considering “Despacito” was the first video to even break the 3-billion mark (just 204 days after it was released), the fact that it’s still climbing steadily is no small feat. In fact, the song was the top YouTube music video of the year in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Another cool trend this year: Six of the top 10 videos were from Latin artists. Watch them below:

Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]

J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video)

Maluma – Felices los 4 (Official Video)

Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]

Chris Jeday – Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel

El Amante – Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)

Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)

DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Enrique Iglesias – Súbeme la Radio (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox


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*First Published: Dec 6, 2017, 10:45 am CST