Katy Perry didn’t play a magical Egyptian-like queen in her “Dark Horse” video for nothing. In a list compiled by YouTube, the pop diva reigns supreme as the Juicy J-assisted visual takes the title of 2014’s most-watched music video, with a mind-blowing 485 million views.
While certain charts report success based on respective countries, YouTube’s recent unveil is a good ranking of songs that dominated computer screens on a worldwide level. Following Ms. Perry is none other than Shakira with her girl-on-girl video featuring Rihanna (“Can’t Remember to Forget You”) and her World Cup rendition of her song “La La La.” That’s right — Shak nabs both the second and third spots. It goes to show that even if these songs didn’t make an impressive impact in the U.S., the videos for the tracks were clearly watched over and over again.
Iggy Azalea’s video for “Fancy,” a tribute to ’90s cult film Clueless, also appears on the list, as does the sing-along video of “Let It Go” from Disney’s mega-successful ice princess flick Frozen. Even though it might be one of the cheapest music videos released this year, the Chainsmokers’ “#Selfie” rounds out the list with a whopping 183 million views, proving that modern youthful arrogance isn’t going anywhere.
Even though 2014 is more than halfway over, there’s still plenty of time for this list to change by December, especially with heavy hitters like Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Usher dropping new music later this year.
Take a look at YouTube’s list of the year’s most played music videos and let us know which was your favorite clip of 2014.