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Top 10 artists who went viral on YouTube

After giving 2012's biggest hit Gangnam Style, Psy has once again broken a record with his song. His latest single Gentleman, has crossed 100 million hits on YouTube in just four days. As the video continues to go viral...

music Updated: Apr 18, 2013 01:50 IST
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After giving 2012's biggest hit Gangnam Style, Psy has once again broken a record with his song. His latest single Gentleman, has crossed 100 million hits on YouTube in just four days. As the video continues to go viral, we bring you the top ten YouTube sensations of all time.

1. Gentleman - Psy (2013)
Gangnam Style star Psy's new music video crossed the 100 million views mark on YouTube on Wednesday, shattering another record on the video-sharing site since its much-anticipated weekend debut. The video for Gentleman, the long-awaited follow-up to the South Korean singer's global hit, has received 117,548,221 views so far. The previous record was set by the video of Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle singing I Dreamed A Dream in the TV show, which received 100 million hits in just over a week in 2009, reports AFP.

2. Gangnam Style - Psy (2012)
Psy's Gangnam Style became the first YouTube video to reach a billion views. the music video has been viewed over 1.5 billion times on YouTube. In September 2012, "Gangnam Style" was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video on YouTube.[7] It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held later that year.

3. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem (2010)
Eminem's Love The Way You Lie became a rage as soon as it was released. The video which features Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan along with Rihanna and Eminem himself has reached 554,723,935 views on YouTube again. Magazines listed "Love the Way You Lie" among the best of 2010 and of Eminem's work. The song won awards and received five Grammy nominations. His best-selling single, it was number one on 26 weekly record charts, including the United States' Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks.

Critics suggested that the song and its accompanying video were influenced by Eminem's and Rihanna's respective relationships with ex-lovers Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown.

4. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen released Call Me Maybe from the album Kiss in 2012. The music video which was published on 1 March, 2012 immediatedly became a worldwide sensation because if it's catchy tune and has reached 443,239,831 views so far.

Call Me Maybe was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual ceremony, but lost to "We Are Young" by Fun and the live performance of "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele respectively. On December 11, 2012, "Call Me Maybe" was named Song of the Year of 2012 by MTV.[4] In its 2012 Year-End issue, Billboard Magazine ranked this song #2 in the Hot 100 Songs, Digital Songs, and Canadian Hot 100 Songs charts, in each case behind Somebody That I Used to Know, by Gotye featuring Kimbra.

5. Baby - Justin Bieber (2010)

Teen sensation Justin Bieber released his first single Baby in 2010. The song received airplay directly after release, officially impacting mainstream and rhythmic radio on January 26, 2010. In July 12, 2010, the video became the most viewed video in YouTube history. The music video got 849,239,112 hits since then.

6. Waka Waka - Shakira (2010)

Waka Waka is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, featuring South African band Freshlyground. It was the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with its Spanish language version, entitled Waka Waka (Esto es África). The music video for the single is the seventh most watched music video of all time on YouTube with more than 500 million views.

7. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye (2011)

Australian artist Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know is one of the most watched videos on YouTube. The video featuring the singer and Kimbra has got 392,415,259 views since it was published on 5 July 2011. In 2013 the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.

8. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (2010)

British singer Adele rose to fame after she released Rolling In The Deep from album 21 in the year 2010. Adele's not-so-fancy music video reached 394,675,286 hits so far. The video got extremely popular because of her distinct voice. On 12 February 2012, "Rolling in the Deep" received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

9. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez (2011)

Jennifer Lopez's On The Floor which is collaborated with Pitbull was released in 2011 and got positive reviews worldwide. It also became a rage on YouTube and got 663,799,444 views on the site.

10. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (2011)

Party Rock Anthem is a mostly electronic composition. It topped the 7 million downloads mark in the United States in July 2012, becoming the second fastest song in digital history to reach this plateau (in 68 weeks) just behind Adele's Rolling in the Deep which achieved it in 67 weeks, and the third-biggest selling digital single since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003. The video has got 534,403,474 hits on YouTube.

While the above videos had and continue to have worldwide appeal, here's a list of India's most popular videos which were a trend on YouTube:

1. Kolaveri Di - Dhanush (2012)
Tamil star Dhanush's song Kolaveri Di had become a sleeper blockbuster as and when it had hit YouTube. The video crossed 10,559,994 hits just after it was released on November 16 on YouTube and now has reached to 67,828,439 views.

Composed by 18-year-old Anirudh Ravichander, the song with funny lyrics is sung in an unconventional manner by Dhanush himself and it will be a part of his next film 3, which is being directed by his wife Aishwarya. The film also stars Shruthi Haasan.

2. In My City - Priyanka Chopra (2013)

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's first single In My City became an instant hit in India. The video featuring the actress has got 3 million views on YouTube. Priyanka Chopra collaborated the number with Will.I.Am. It's the first time a Bollywood actress has ever come up with her own music video after from films.

3. Chammak Chalo - Ra.One

Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ra.One's popular track Chammak Challo featuring Kareena Kapoor got 26 million hits on YouTube. The song was sung by international artist Akon.

4. Chikni Chameli - Agneepath

Katrina Kaif's one of the hottest item number Chikni Chameli from the film Agneepath received some 4 million hits on YouTube.

5. Subha Hone Na De - Desi Boys

Subha Hone Na De from John Abraham and Akshay Kumar starrer Desi Boys also became quite popular among the youth. The video has got 26 million hits on YouTube.

First Published: Apr 17, 2013 19:08 IST