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Happy 10th B-Day, YouTube: What Are the Site's Most Viewed Videos Ever?

A decade ago the streaming site uploaded its first clip—here's what viewers have watched the most among the ocean of cat videos and must-see music vids

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Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull, "On the Floor" (825 Million) - 2011

If you needed any further evidence of how big Latin stars are today, begin your education with Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's "On the Floor"—one of three Latin artist offerings in YouTube's Top 10 most viewed vids ever list. It was J.Lo's comeback video and everyone was watching....with good reason, have you seen that glittery catsuit?

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PSY, "Gentleman" (826 Million) - 2013

Of course PSY is going to be included in YouTube's most watched vids; the man has the site to thank for his global success. The follow-up video to "Gangnam Style" caused a huge stir on the internet and further pushed K-pop culture by featuring Korean diva Ga In performing the "arrogant dance" from Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra" video, which caused a huge stir in their native country in 2009.

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Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando" (833 Million) - 2014

The newest entry on the Top 10, Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando" might not have crossed over to American Top 40 radio like the singer's past hits, but it was a huge success around the world. The bilingual banger held a record-breaking 41 weeks atop Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, the longest No. 1 run by any song ever.

The video continues to rack up views exponentially too, already boasting more than 800 million streams just a year after its reveal.

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Shakira, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" (840 Million) - 2010

As the world obsessively watched the 2010 World Cup, they also couldn't stop viewing Shakira's official theme song for it.

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Eminem ft. Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie" (850 Million) - 2010

Not only does this visual bring together two of the biggest musicians, it also costarred two of Hollywood's brightest stars (Megan Fox and Lord of the Rings/Lost star Dominic Monaghan). Of course everyone was watching.

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LMFAO, "Party Rock Anthem" (857 Million) - 2011

A huge party hit deserves a huge party video. And YouTube viewers agreed. LMFAO's breakout vid is the most-watched video for a musical group. 

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Katy Perry, "Roar" (890 Million) - 2013

Katy Perry's Tarzan-themed video went heavy on the color, animal costars and cleavage. No wonder it blew up.

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Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" (912 Million) - 2014

Katy's undoubtedly the YouTube queen, with her Egyptian-themed "Dark Horse" video nearing the 1 billion mark just over a year after its release.

The visual scored a slew of extra clicks for a controversial scene when the pop star lightning-zaps a man wearing a chain with the Arabic spelling of Allah with, disintegrating him into dust. It was later removed (with no explanation), but was nonetheless viewed as disrespectful.

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Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris, "Baby" (1.2 Billion) - 2010

Justin Bieber's breakout hit "Baby" was, at one time, the most viewed video ever on YouTube. It still remains high thanks to Beliebers' undying dedication to reclaim that record. 

Plus, lots of music fans probably click back in to remember how ca-yooooooot the Biebs used to be.

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PSY, "Gangnam Style" (2.3 Billion) - 2012

Duh. PSY's incredible video brought the word "viral" to a whole new level, changed the Billboard singles chart, brought K-pop to the masses and was perhaps the greatest example that music (and humor) are truly universal. With more than a billion views over its nearest competitor, the iconic horsey-dance vid will likely stay on top of the list for a long time. Especially with a continuing interest in the video's actual view count: A story at the end of 2014 claimed "Gangnam Style" broke the site's counter, which was actually just a trick by YouTube, but sent the video back into the Top 10 most viewed music videos of that week.

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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - DECEMBER 01:  Singer Rihanna and Prince Harry speak on stage at the 'Man Aware' event held by the Barb

Dec. 1: Rih & The Prince in Barbados

In Barbados Rihanna and Prince Harry raise HIV/AIDS awareness in hopes to fight HIV and AIDS stigma. Getting tested in front of cameras, the singer and the prince show us the importance and ease of the process. "It's so easy to get tested & know your status!” Rih tweeted afterwards. Today also marks the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados.

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