The most-watched music videos by female artists who changed the music world for good
MMusic is one of the few industries where women today have as many opportunities as men. It wasn’t always like that; they fought for their place in the music world and succeeded. This is not only important for the music industry, but also for all human civilization. Female artists have contributed a lot to the world music scene and continue to do so. Today, female musicians make up the bulk of the world’s musical creations. Their popularity has skyrocketed lately with music videos accompanying the tracks. Not only by singing, they also captured the hearts of music lovers with their dancing and performing skills. Here we discuss the five most viewed music videos by female artists:
#1. “Roar” by Katy Perry
‘Roar’ is the lead singer on Queen of Pop Katy Perry’s 2013 studio album, ‘Prism‘. The song’s music video is currently the most-watched MV by a female musician with over 3.4 billion views. The brilliant artist co-wrote the song with Bonnie Mckee and the music video was produced by Dr Luke, Cirkut and Max Martin. The song is well known for its arena rock flavors mixed with its dynamic pop resonance. He is best known for his inspirational words that have empowered the whole generation.
The song was nominated for Best Pop Solo of the Year and Song of the Year at the 56th Grammy Awards. It was a huge commercial success and topped charts around the world. It is the first female-centric video to hit the 3 billion mark on YouTube. It has sold over 6.6 billion copies in the United States alone gaining diamond certification by the RIAA. The song conveys the message of overcoming difficulties and empowering yourself in the process.
#2. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
At number 2, it’s still Katy Perry. Her other single, ‘Black Horse‘ from the fourth album, ‘Prism’ is at the second position on the list of ‘most watched music videos by female artists’. Released in 2013, the clip also crossed the 3 billion mark on YouTube. The track features rapper Juicy J who co-wrote the lyrics with Katy herself. Sarah Hudson joined Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut to produce the music video. The song features a unique blend of electropop, hip hop, pop-rap and trap encapsulated in a single captivating symphony.
The song is best known for its amazing music video. It features spectacular visuals depicting the ancient Egyptian world with Perry as the queen. The song also topped the charts in 20 countries around the world. It also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. It sold over 13 billion copies, becoming the second best-selling record of 2014. The track received mostly positive reviews from music critics and was a huge commercial success.
#3. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is at number 3 with her 2014 hit single, “Shake It Off.” It is the lead single from her fifth studio album, ‘1989‘, released by Big Machine Records. Taylor co-wrote the track with producers, Shellback and Max Martin. The song features an upbeat dance-pop beat with its brutally honest lyrics. The gifted musician opens up about the negative view of her image her critics have built for her and how she doesn’t care a bit about it. The song was a huge hit around the world.
The clip recently crossed the 3 billion views mark on YouTube. It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It also reached #1 on music charts in many countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Hungary, etc. It has received diamond certification from the RIAA. Swift received Songwriter of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for the track in 2015. The song also won Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2015.
#4. ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ by Shakira
With 2.9 billion views on YouTube, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Colombian singer Shakira is fourth on the list. South African band Freshlyground is featured in the song. It is actually the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Released by Epic Records, it is one of the most successful world cup songs in the world. The song was produced to encourage not only the players but also the audience.
It was well received by audiences and critics. It earned platinum certification from the RIAA for selling over one million units in the United States. It was double diamond certification in India and diamond certification in Sweden and France. It is now one of the best-selling singles of all time. Shakira herself performed the song at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is part of the album, ‘Listen Up!’ the official FIFA World Cup 2010 album.
#5. Hello by Adele
English singer-songwriter Adele brought the world to a halt with her 2015 hit single, ‘Hello’. The music video has over 2.8 billion views on YouTube, making it the 5th most viewed music video by female artists. It is the lead single from her third studio album, ‘25‘. The piano ballad with a prominent influence of soulful rhythms blended perfectly with her hypnotic vocal performance became a huge hit all over the world. The song was the 7th best-selling single of that year and one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.
The music video acquired over 27 million views in just 24 hours on YouTube. It won three awards at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. It also received the Brit Awards for Song of the Year. It topped the UK Singles Chart, Canada Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100. It was awarded 7x platinum certification by the RIAA.
Alicia Parker is a fashion enthusiast studying at the University of California. She contributes to Daily Music Roll as a music blogger and writes a review of various music daily.