Latin Artists Dominate YouTube’s Most Watched Videos Of 2017

Mike Wass | December 6, 2017 12:45 pm
'Mi Gente' Is The Next 'Despacito'
J Balvin and Willy William's 'Mi Gente' is shaping up to be the next 'Despacito.'

If you needed further proof that Latin music is the boom genre in pop right now, take a look at YouTube’s list of the top 10 most-watched videos of 2017. Latin artists claim six spots with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” sitting pretty at number one with a history-making 4.4 billion views. Other Spanish-language entries in the top five include J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” and Maluma’s “Felices Los 4.” Both videos racked up more than one billion views each.

As for the rest of the field, Ed Sheeran’s boxing-themed “Shape Of You” came in at number two with 2.8 billion views and Bruno Mars claimed the number five spot with “That’s What I Like.” It was watched just over one billion times. There were a couple of surprises. Chris Jeday’s “Ahora Dice” didn’t make as much noise internationally as “Despacito” or “Mi Gente” but still managed to join the billion-view club, while Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” is the odd English-language song out given its middling chart performance. See the top 10 below.

  1. Luis Fonsi — “Despacito” ft. Daddy Yankee
  2. Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You”
  3.  J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”
  4. Maluma – “Felices los 4”
  5. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  6. Chris Jeday – “Ahora Dice” ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel
  7. Nicky Jam – “El Amante”
  8. Jason Derulo – “Swalla” ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)
  9. DJ Khaled – “I’m the One” ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
  10. Enrique Iglesias — “Subeme La Radio” ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennon

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