Sorry influencers, gurus and vloggers — it turns out the most-liked YouTube videos of all-time are all super popular music videos. K-Pop reigns supreme on this list, but there are also a ton of fun throwbacks and a few surprising entries.
When K-Pop girl group Blackpink dropped “Ddu-Du-Ddu-Du” in 2018, it became the most-viewed video by a K-Pop group (at the time).
14. Adele – ‘Hello’
Only a couple of months after the music video was released in 2016, British songstress Adele’s “Hello” was dubbed the fastest video to ever reach 1 billion views on Vevo. It currently has just over 16 million likes on YouTube, making it the 14th most-liked video on the platform to date.
This steamy video from pop stars and real-life couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is definitely a fan favorite.
Look, K-Pop fans are nothing if not committed. In 2019, Blackpink knocked Ariana Grande’s “Thank U Next” from its position as the biggest music video debut in YouTube history with 56.7 million views in 24 hours.
11. BTS – ‘DNA’
Blackpink smashed another record for most YouTube views in 24 hours with 86.3 million views thanks to the 2020 summer single “How You Like That.”
When Maroon 5 cast a slew of famous women in their music video — from Cardi B and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh to Millie Bobbie Brown and Lily Singh — it was destined to be a smash.
Producer Marshmello’s surreal video about a chaotic grade school first dropped in 2016, but it didn’t cross the one billion view mark until 2018.
This crossover collaboration with American pop singer Halsey is still one of YouTube’s top five 24-hour debuts — over a year and a half since its April 2019 debut.
In August, BTS secured the top spot for the biggest debut on YouTube with 101.1 million views in 24 hours. “Dynamite” also marked the group’s first all-English song.
Norwegian EDM DJ Alan Walker’s “Faded” dropped in 2015 and is still currently the 21st most-viewed YouTube video of all time.
This heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Walker of the “Fast & Furious” franchise still has people smashing the like button today.
Puerto Rican musical heavyweights Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee joined forces to create this 2017 reggaeton earworm, which currently stands as the most-liked YouTube video in history.
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