Vevo Reveals Top Artists of 2018

Vevo has today revealed the biggest artists and official music videos of 2018. Globally, there has been over 260 billion video views to-date with an average of 24 billion views per month, and over 12 billion hours of content watched to-date. In the US, Vevo has seen nearly 50 billion video views to-date in 2018, with an average of 4.5 billion views per month, and over 2 billion hours of content watched.

Globally, the Most-Watched Music Video accolade officially goes to “Girls Like You” byMaroon 5Released in Maythe pop tune featuring Cardi B stormed the Vevo chartsThe music videodirected by David Dobkinfeatures several female celebrities including Camila Cabello, Sarah Silverman, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jennifer Lopez representing various social justice movements.

Maroon 5 also takes the crown as the Most-Viewed artist globally an astounding 1.6 billion views worldwide.

Notably, in addition to Maroon 5, 3 of the global top 5 artists including Sebastian Yatra, Becky G and J Balvin fall under the Latin genre, as well as well as 5 of the top 10 most-viewed premieres including Becky G’s “Sin Pijama,” Reik’s “Me Niego,” and Thalía’s “No Me Acuerdo.”

“As our charts confirm, 2018 has been an amazing year for music videos. Vevo is proud to have been home to a wealth of truly creative visual work, with major releases providing some of the most talked-about moments in 2018 entertainment,” said JP Evangelista, Head of Content, Programming, and Marketing, Vevo. “More than ever, music videos provide an integral visual element for artists’ campaigns, with over two billion hours of content being watched. Congratulations to Maroon 5 for taking the crown as the most-viewed artist globally – an astounding feat. Equally monumental was watching Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” take the title for our most-viewed video in 24 hours.”

The record-breaking charts also include Ella Mai one of this year’s Vevo LIFT artists’. Ella’s video for “Boo’d Up” premiered in April and has amassed over 224 million views to date making it the #3 premiere of the year in the US. Prior to the “Boo’d Up” release, Ella Mai’s channel averaged 2.4 million US views a month. After the release this average grew to 53.9 million, hitting a peak of 61.3 million views in October.

The below reflects the most-watched artists and music videos from January 1st 2018 – November 30th 2018. Totals reflect 2018 releases only.



2018 Top Artists (2018 Releases Only)


2018 Views (Through 11.30.18)

Maroon 5

1.6 Billion

Sebastian Yatra

1.5 Billion

Becky G

1.4 Billion


1.4 Billion

J Balvin

1.3 Billion

Karol G

1.2 Billion

Ariana Grande

1.0 Billion

Anuel AA

999 Million


924 Million

DJ Snake

824 Million





2018 Top Artists (2018 Releases Only)


2018 Views (Through 11.30.18)


490 Million

Ella Mai

337 Million


301 Million

Maroon 5

299 Million

Travis Scott

229 Million


226 Million

Rich The Kid

216 Million

Childish Gambino

215 Million

Post Malone

206 Million

Ariana Grande

198 Million





Top 2018 Releases

Artist & Title

2018 Views (Through 11.30.18)

Maroon 5 – Girls Like You

1.3 Billion

Becky G & Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama

1.1 Billion

Drake – God’s Plan

887 Million

Reik – Me Niego

730 Million

Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry

660 Million

Thalía & Natti Natasha – No Me Acuerdo

580 Million

DJ Snake – Taki Taki

563 Million

Sebastian Yatra – No Hay Nadie Más

557 Million

Karol G – Mi Cama

463 Million

Tyga – Taste

456 Million




Top 2018 Releases

Artist & Title

2018 Views (Through 11.30.18)

Maroon 5 – Girls Like You

250 Million

Drake – God’s Plan

246 Million

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

224 Million

Tyga – Taste

182 Million

Childish Gambino – This Is America

165 Million

Post Malone – Psycho

158 Million

Migos – Walk It Talk It

135 Million

Drake – Nice For What

134 Million

Rich The Kid – Plug Walk

115 Million

Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry

108 Million


Source: Vevo Internal Analytics, WW 2018 viewing metrics through 11.30.18.

Source: Vevo Internal Analytics, US 2018 viewing metrics through 11.30.18.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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