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'Despacito' tops YouTube list of 2017's most-viewed music videos

Luis Fonsi, left, and Daddy Yankee delivered YouTube's most-watched video ever, "Despacito." (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)
Luis Fonsi, left, and Daddy Yankee delivered YouTube's most-watched video ever, "Despacito." (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

To the surprise of almost no one, the video for “Despacito” tops YouTube’s year-end rankings of the most popular music videos of 2017. The collaboration between Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee  has logged nearly 4.5 billion views, the only video to surpass the 4-billion views threshold.

It took “Despacito” just 204 days to become the most-watched video in YouTube history, the first to surpass 3 billion views and the only video to score more than 4 billion views, YouTube reports. It ranked as the most-viewed music video in more than 50 countries.

Following “Despacito,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” landed at No. 2 with more than 2.5 billion views and spawned a choreography video by Kyle Hanagami that finished No. 2 on YouTube’s companion list of the top trending videos of the year. It has registered more than 119 million views.

In third place, J. Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” has registered nearly 1.4 billion views, since it went up in June, crossing the 1-billion mark after just 103 days.

Colombian reggaetón singer Maluma’s “Felices los 4” placed No. 4, with just under 1.2 billion views to date, just ahead of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” which rounds out YouTube’s Top 5. It has been viewed almost 1.1 billion times.

YouTube noted that its Top 10 ranked music videos included works from Puerto Rico, Colombia, France, Spain and Cuba in addition to the U.S. and the UK, with six of those featuring Latino artists.

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