List of most-liked YouTube videos

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"Despacito" by Luis Fonsi (left) featuring Daddy Yankee (right) has been the most liked video on YouTube since July 2017, with over 36.3 million likes as of February 2020.

This list of most-liked YouTube videos contains the top 30 videos with the most likes of all time. The like count is taken directly from the page of the video itself. YouTube implemented a like and dislike button on these pages in March 2010, part of a major redesign of the site. This served as a replacement for their five-star rating system; [1] YouTube's designers found the previous system ineffective because the options to rate a video between two and four stars were rarely selected. [2]

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The music video for LMFAO's song "Party Rock Anthem" stood as the most liked video on YouTube in 2012, with 1.56 million likes, until the video for Psy's "Gangnam Style" surpassed it in September that year, yielding more than 1.57 million likes. [3] Following this accomplishment, "Gangnam Style" entered the Guinness World Records book as the most liked video on YouTube and on the Internet as of 2012. [4] Psy's video remained the most liked on YouTube for nearly four years until August 27, 2016, when Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth surpassed it with 11.21 million likes. Less than a year later, on July 25, 2017, Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" featuring Daddy Yankee claimed the top spot with 16.01 million likes.

As of February 2020, BTS are the only artists to have three videos in the top 30, while Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 and Blackpink have two.

Top videos

The following table lists the top 30 most liked videos on YouTube, with each total rounded to the nearest ten thousand likes, uploader, like percentage and upload date. [upper-alpha 1]

Most liked videos [5]
RankVideo nameUploader / artistLikes (millions)Like percentageUpload dateNotes
1."Despacito" [6] Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee 36.3889.26%January 12, 2017 [upper-alpha 2]
2."See You Again" [8] Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 27.0196.97%April 6, 2015 [upper-alpha 3]
3."Shape of You" [9] Ed Sheeran 22.0594.83%January 30, 2017 [upper-alpha 4]
4."Faded" [10] Alan Walker 18.7597.39%December 3, 2015
5."Gangnam Style" [11] Psy 17.2088.11%July 15, 2012 [upper-alpha 5]
6."Girls Like You" [13] Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B 15.9496.00%May 31, 2018
7."Hello" [14] Adele 15.1794.86%October 22, 2015
8."Alone" [15] Marshmello 15.1196.71%July 2, 2016
9."Señorita" [16] Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello 14.8697.21%June 21, 2019
10."Boy with Luv" [17] BTS featuring Halsey 13.9394.23%April 12, 2019
11."Uptown Funk" [18] Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 13.8694.19%November 19, 2014
12."Baby Shark Dance" [19] Pinkfong Kids' Songs & Stories13.8071.33%June 17, 2016 [upper-alpha 6]
13."Mi Gente" [20] J Balvin and Willy William 13.4194.05%June 29, 2017
14."Taki Taki" [21] DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B 12.8594.13%October 9, 2018
15."Baby" [22] Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris 12.8553.62%February 19, 2010 [upper-alpha 7]
16."Sorry" [25] Justin Bieber 12.5188.94%October 22, 2015
17."Make This Video The Most Liked Video On Youtube" [26] MrBeast 12.4198.61%January 16, 2019
18."DNA" [27] BTS 12.1894.79%September 18, 2017
19."Bad Guy" [28] Billie Eilish 12.0993.60%March 29, 2019
20."Perfect" [29] Ed Sheeran 12.0696.20%November 9, 2017
21."Rap God" [30] Eminem 12.0396.84%November 27, 2013
22."Kill This Love" [31] Blackpink 11.9993.83%April 4, 2019
23."Stressed Out" [32] Twenty One Pilots 11.9396.47%April 27, 2015
24."Believer" [33] Imagine Dragons 11.8497.26%March 7, 2017
25."Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" [34] Blackpink 11.8394.49%June 15, 2018
26."Lean On" [35] Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring 11.6995.76%March 22, 2015
27."Fake Love" [36] BTS 11.3496.01%May 18, 2018
28."God's Plan" [37] Drake 11.2296.37%February 16, 2018
29."Sugar" [38] Maroon 5 11.1895.73%January 14, 2015
30."New Rules" [39] Dua Lipa 11.1695.47%July 7, 2017
As of February 19, 2020

Historical most-liked videos

The following table lists the videos that became YouTube's most liked video, from the implementation of the like button in March 2010 to the present.

  Current record (⁂)
  Former record (*)
Video nameUploaderLikes [* 1] Upload dateDate achievedDays heldRefsNotes
"Despacito" [6] Luis Fonsi 16,010,000January 12, 2017July 25, 2017940 [† 1] [40] [upper-alpha 8]
"See You Again" [8] Wiz Khalifa 11,210,000April 6, 2015August 27, 2016332 [41]
"Gangnam Style"⁂ [11] Psy 1,570,000July 15, 2012September 13, 20121,444 [42] [upper-alpha 9]
"Party Rock Anthem" [45] LMFAO 1,390,000March 8, 2011April 4, 2012162 [46]
"KONY 2012" [47] Invisible Children 1,350,000March 5, 2012March 17, 201218 [48] [upper-alpha 10]
"Party Rock Anthem" [45] LMFAO 950,000March 8, 2011November 3, 2011135 [49] [upper-alpha 11]
"Baby" [22] Justin Bieber 760,000February 19, 2010July 6, 2011120 [53]
"Evolution of Dance"* [54] Judson Laipply 620,000April 6, 2006March 31, 2010462 [55] [upper-alpha 12]
  1. As of February 20, 2020
  1. The approximate number of likes each video had when it became YouTube's most liked video.

Timeline of most liked videos (Mar 2010 – Feb 2020)

DespacitoSee You AgainGangnam StyleKONY 2012Party Rock AnthemBaby (Justin Bieber song)Evolution of DanceList of most-liked YouTube videos

No. 1 most liked video (Mar 2010 – Sep 2012)

List of most-liked YouTube videos

No. 1 most liked video (Jan 2012 – Feb 2020)

List of most-liked YouTube videos

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Notes

  1. Some videos may not be available worldwide due to YouTube's regional restrictions in certain countries.
  2. "Despacito" surpassed "See You Again" as the most liked video on July 25, 2017; first video to reach 20 million likes on August 30, 2017; [7] first and only video to reach 30 million likes on September 29, 2018; most viewed video on YouTube with over 6.6 billion views as of February 2020.
  3. "See You Again" surpassed "Gangnam Style" as the most liked video on August 27, 2016; second video to reach 20 million likes on May 16, 2018; fourth most viewed video on YouTube with over 4.4 billion views as of February 2020.
  4. "Shape of You" is the third video to reach 20 million likes on June 12, 2019; second most viewed video on YouTube with over 4.6 billion views as of February 2020.
  5. "Gangnam Style" surpassed "Party Rock Anthem" as the most liked video on September 13, 2012; [3] first video to reach 10 million likes on November 3, 2015. [12]
  6. "Baby Shark Dance" is the third most viewed video on YouTube with over 4.6 billion views as of February 2020.
  7. "Baby" surpassed "Evolution of Dance" as the most liked video on July 6, 2011. [23] [24]
  8. "Despacito" became the first video to reach 20 million likes on August 30, 2017; [7] first video to reach 30 million likes on September 29, 2018.
  9. "Gangnam Style" became the first video to reach 2 million likes on September 18, 2012, [43] 5 million likes on November 11, 2012, [44] and 10 million likes on November 3, 2015. [12] It currently holds the record for the longest reign as YouTube's most liked video with 1,444 days.
  10. "KONY 2012" was a viral campaign by Invisible Children that aimed to raise support for Joseph Kony's arrest. Within 10 days the video received 80 million views (35 million of which were accumulated in its third day alone). In 12 days it became YouTube's most liked video, only to be surpassed by "Party Rock Anthem" 18 days later.
  11. "Party Rock Anthem" was the first video to reach 1 million likes on November 15, 2011. [50] [51] [52] It is the only video on this list to hold the No. 1 spot on more than one occasion.
  12. "Evolution of Dance" was YouTube's first video to hold the No. 1 spot on this list. When the video was uploaded in 2006, YouTube still used the 5-star rating system. On March 31, 2010, when the rating system changed to likes and dislikes, all previous 1 star ratings were converted to dislikes and all 5 star ratings were converted to likes. This automatically made "Evolution of Dance" YouTube's most liked video at the time.

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