The year 2016 was a year of realizing things and work ethic. Two pop songs urged us sheeple to put in work (x7), sometimes from home. Their respective music videos, too, exploded on the internet. So, it's no surprise they're among the most-watched videos of the year. Only one, however, was crowned number one.
Though Rihanna's "Work" sat pretty at the top of Billboard's chart for nine weeks, Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" garnered 1.2 billion views on YouTube, making it the year's most popular music video. Rih's double-feature is the year's fifth most popular music video with 797 million views. Coincidentally, both "Work" songs got the Director X treatment: for Rih, he took us into the heat of Toronto club, The Real Jerk; for Fifth Harmony, he flips the script of Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction" video and ogles the male form in construction environments instead. The innuendos spell themselves.
The rest of the year's most popular videos are fairly predictable. Of course, The Chainsmokers song with Halsey would be on there; it was at the top of the charts for too long for it not to. Rihanna and Calvin Harris' second collab, "This Is What You Came For," came in second. ZAYN and Sia also made the cut. Beyoncé's on there, but for her controversial Coldplay video rather than LEMONADE. The irony of you getting any work done watching these videos is not lost on us. Press play at your risk.
YouTube's Most Popular Music Videos Of 2016
- "Work from Home" - Fifth Harmony (1.2 billion views)
- "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna (1 billion views)
- "Hasta el amanecer" - Nicky Jam (876 million)
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey (812 million views)
- "Work" - Rihanna feat. Drake (797 million views)
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner (702 million views)
- "Cheat Thrills" - Sia feat. Sean Paul (638 million views)
- "Pillowtalk" - ZAYN (650 million views
- "Hymn For The Weekend" - Coldplay (621 million views)
- "Heathens" - Twenty One Pilots (479 million views)