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The top 30 most viewed YouTube videos of all time

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's inescapable "Despacito" recently grabbed the top spot, but which music videos are hot on its tail?

February 26, 2019

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been two years since the “Summer of Despacito”— actually, no it’s not, seeing as the “Summer of Despacito” turned into the “Autumn of Despacito,” which turned into the “Winter of Despacito,” and just kept going. The song’s continued lounging at the center of the zeitgeist led to it making history this week as the first music video to surpass the six billion mark in terms of views.

The throne of YouTube views is one that “Despacito” sits upon proudly and powerfully, with the runner-up, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” lagging behind by a good chunk at 4.1 billion views. We won’t spoil the rest for you. In honour of the unforseeably-indefinite “Age of Despacito,” we’ve rounded up the 30 top-viewed music videos on YouTube for you to take a stroll through and remember all of the inescapable songs from the last several years.

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