From Wiz Khalifa’s record breaking hip-hop hit “See You Again” to Adele’s powerful breakup anthem “Hello” as well as Taylor Swifts’ “Bad Blood”, featuring her squad – 2015 is definitely a year with plenty of strong and memorable music videos!
And let’s not forget the ones that were just released recently including PSY’s comeback hits “Daddy” and “Napal Baji”, Coldplay’s new but slightly different sounding single, “Adventure of a Lifetime”, Drake’s viral music video, “Hotline Bling” and more!
With PSY’s sensational “Gangnam Style” taking the lead with the most viewed music video on YouTube of all time, we wonder if there will be any other music videos this year that can beat the record-holder.
Anyway, here are our picks on the most popular and most viewed music videos in 2015!
1. Adele – “Hello”
Undeniably, this power ballad which marks the comeback of Adele after three years of hiatus has already set and broken numerous records including becoming the first song with over a million digital sales in a week. The song also broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span. Released around a month ago, the video already received around 600 million views.
2. Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
The soundtrack from “Furious 7” which served as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth was a global commercial success, holding the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the U.S, and is the first hip hop song to reach over 1 billion views on YouTube in 2015. The song is both Khalifa’s and Puth’s biggest hit to date.
3. Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood”
The remixed version of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar previously held the 24-Hour Vevo Record with 20.1 million views, before being surpassed by Adele’s monstrous hit, “Hello”. The music video went viral when it was released as it features some familiar faces from the entertainment industry such as Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding, Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, Cindy Crawford, Hayley Williams and more.
4. Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
With over 900 million views, the music video was inspired by the 2005 romantic comedy “Wedding Crashers”, featuring Maroon 5 crashing weddings that took place in their city. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s third top 10 single from their fifth studio album, “V”. “Sugar” is the 68th song in history to score at least 20 weeks in the Top 10 of the Hot 100.
5. Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
“What Do You Mean?” was a commercial success especially in Canada as it topped the Canadian Hot 100 and also debuted at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100. In the built-up to the song release, some celebrities helped promote it on social media, including Ryan Seacrest, G-Dragon, Little Mix, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Alanis Morissette, Meghan Trainor, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff and others
6. Ellie Goulding – “Love Me like You Do”
Thanks to erotic film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the song held the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom, before getting beaten by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”. The song spent four weeks at number one on the U.K. Singles Chart, and topped the charts in various countries including Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland, while achieving number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
7. Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft MØ – “Lean On”
This is another commercially successful single named by Spotify as the most streamed song of all time with over 526 million streams. The music video has over 870 million views on YouTube, making it the 22nd most viewed video on the site. Peaking at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at number two on the U.K. Singles Chart, “Lean On” Major Lazer and MØ ’s highest-charting hit in America.
8. Skrillex and Diplo ft Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
The comeback hit of Justin Bieber since 2013’s “Beauty and the Beat”. The song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, giving both Skrillex and Diplo their first top 10 single on the chart, while giving Bieber his seventh. “Where Are Ü Now” was certified platinum in the U.S. and is Bieber’s highest charting single in the U.K. since 2012’s “Boyfriend”. The song’s music video received four nominations at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, winning the Best Visual Effects category.
9. David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack – “Hey Mama”
Marking the third collaboration between Guetta and Nicki Minaj, “Hey Mama” was critically well-received despite being condemned for its lyrical content. Nevertheless, the song is a commercial success in the U.S., becoming Guetta’s sixth top ten in the Hot 100 also making Minaj’s twelfth while is the first for Rexha. The song was nominated for Best Collaboration in both Teen Choice Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards for 2015.
10. Sia ft Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler – “Elastic Heart”
Despite its controversial music video, the song received praises from music critics and was certified gold by the Recorded Music NZ. The song is also the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. However, the music video which features actor Shia LaBeouf and dancer Maddie Ziegler sparked accusations of pedophilia, but Sia later apologised saying that the video was intended to create emotional content rather than controversy.