Music is one of the few industries where women have the same number of opportunities as men today. 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 of human civilization. Female artists have contributed and still contribute a lot to the world music scene. Today, female musicians constitute the bulk of global musical creations. Their popularity has exploded in recent times with music videos accompanying the tracks. Not only by singing, they also conquered the hearts of music lovers with their talents as a dancer and performer. Here we discuss the five most watched music videos by female artists:
# 1. Katy Perry’s “Roar”
‘Roar’ is the lead vocalist on the 2013 studio album by Queen of Pop Katy Perry, ‘Prism’. The music video for the track 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 lyrics that empowered the entire 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 the charts around the world. This 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, earning diamond certification from the RIAA. The song conveys the message of overcoming difficulties and empowering yourself in the process.
# 2. Katy Perry’s “Black Horse”
At number 2, it’s Katy Perry again. Her other single, ‘Dark Horse’ from the fourth album, ‘Prism’ is number two on the list of ‘Most Viewed Music Videos by Female Artists’. Released in 2013, the clip also crossed the 3 billion mark on YouTube. The track stars rapper Juicy J who co-wrote the lyrics with Katy herself. Sarah Hudson joined Dr Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut to produce the clip. The song presents a unique blend of electropop, hip hop, pop-rap and trap encapsulated in one captivating symphony.
The song is best known for its amazing music video. It features spectacular visuals depicting the ancient Egyptian world with Perry as 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 in 2014. The track received mostly positive reviews from music critics and was a huge commercial success.
# 3. Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’
Taylor Swift is at number 3 with her hit single from 2014, ‘Shake It Off’. This is the first single from her fifth studio album, ‘1989’, released on Big Machine Records. Taylor co-wrote the track with the producers, Shellback and Max Martin. The song features an upbeat dance-pop beat with its brutally honest lyrics. The gifted musician talks about the negative view of her image that her critics have built for her and how she doesn’t care a bit. The song was a huge hit the world over.
The clip recently crossed the 3 billion view mark on YouTube. He held No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It has also reached number one on the music charts in many countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Hungary and more. It has received diamond certification from the RIAA. Swift received the songwriter of the year award at the 57th annual Grammy Awards for the title in 2015. The song also won the song of the year award 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 in fourth place on the list. South African band Freshlyground is featured in the song. This is actually the official 2010 FIFA World Cup song. 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 the audience as well.
It has been well received by the public and the critics. It has achieved platinum certification from the RIAA for selling over a million units in the United States. It has been certified double diamond in India and diamond 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’s part of the album, ‘Listen Up!’ The official 2010 FIFA World Cup album.
# 5. “Hello” from Adele
English singer-songwriter Adele brought the world to a halt with her 2015 hit single, “Hello.” The clip has over 2.8 billion views on YouTube, making it the 5th most watched clip by female artists. This is the first single from her third studio album, ’25’. The piano ballad with a marked influence of soul rhythms blends perfectly with its hypnotic vocal performance has become a huge hit worldwide. The song was the 7th best-selling single of this year and one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.
The clip recorded 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, Recording of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. He also received the Brit Awards for Song of the Year. He has topped the UK Singles Chart, Canada Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100. He has received the RIAA Platinum Certification 7 times.
Alicia Parker is a fashion enthusiast who studies at the University of California. She contributes to the Daily Music Roll as a music blogger and writes a daily review of various music.