Katy Perry is one of the most successful pop stars of the 21st century. Her voice is powerful and charismatic, only making her already catchy tunes even more memorable. When it comes to videos, they are all artwork in their own right. Katy knows how to transform into all kinds of characters.
So far, we have seen her as an alien, the queen of the jungle, an elderly lady, and the list goes on. Several videos have more than one billion views. Here is a list of ten of her songs, ranked according to how many YouTube views they have. Nothing is definite, though: the numbers are constantly rising.
10 E.T. – 567 Million Views
“E.T.” came out in 2011 on Katy Perry’s iconic “Teenage Dream” album. It’s a hip-hop/electronic ballad addressed to someone she finds very special and so unique that she wonders if he is an alien, an angel or the devil.
The song also features Kanye West. Even though it might seem like an illogical collaboration, it turned out to be an absolute success.
9 The One That Got Away – 756 Million Views
A sentimental song comes with a video that’s a real tear-jerker. “The One That Got Away” is a song about losing your soulmate, never letting them go, and having to live with regrets.
The video features Katy Perry is an old woman, reminiscing about a youthful romance she had with a particular man, portrayed by Diego Luna. As her song fades out, Johnny Cash plays in the background. It’s no coincidence as Katy compares the strength of her relationship to the one of June Carter and Mr Cash.
8 Part Of Me – 826 Million Views
Next up is “Part Of Me”, an empowering anthem in which Katy celebrates her self-respect in face of a breakup. It sounds like the relationship was highly toxic. She sings: “You chewed me up and spit me out like I was poison in your mouth, you took my light, you drained me down …”
The video shows Katy as a soldier. After the breakup, she decides to cut her hair and join the military.
7 Wide Awake – 932 Million Views
The video of “Wide Awake” begins with Katy Perry leaving a shoot. Then, she is taken to this dark, spooky place. She pulls off the goth vibes perfectly, probably because she is born under the sign of Scorpio.
“Wide Awake” is said to be a song about Perry’s divorce with Russel Brand. After being deceived by her own emotions, she finally sees clearly, or in her words, she is wide awake.
6 Bon Appétit- 969 Million Views
In this dance-pop hit song, Katy Perry teamed up with the hip hop giants Migos. The video is a little bit disturbing as it shows Katy being treated like some sort of food, like a piece of meat or dough.
She is cooked and finally served up at a gala event. Thanks to its suggestive lyrics, the song received quite a lot of attention back in 2017 when it was first released.
5 Hot N Cold – 982 Million Views
“Hot N Cold” comes with a really fun video. It starts off with a scene of Katy at the altar with her husband-to-be, but he can’t seem to make up his mind about what he wants. She sings to him, criticizing his indecisive nature and the unpredictable nature of their relationship.
There’s also a scene of her performing on stage and having fun with her group of friends. This song was one of her first hits and it even got her a Grammy nomination.
4 Firework – 1.25 Billion Views
The first song that surpassed the one billion mark is “Firework”. Katy Perry once said this is her favorite song as the subject matter is very inspirational. It’s a pep talk: listeners are told that they are original and that they should always know how much they are worth.
Katy was inspired to write this song after reading a certain chapter in Jack Kerouac’s world-famous novel On The Road.
3 Last Friday Night – 1.27 Billion Views
Another funny song, “Last Friday Night” describes a particularly wild night out and the consequences of it. The video resembles a teen rom-com. Katy is an awkward girl with braces and poor fashion sense. With the help of her friends, she gets dolled up and attends a crazy party.
There are even credits of people performing in the video, one of them being Rebecca Black. No wonder the song has so many YouTube views: the video is the ultimate feel-good material.
2 Dark Horse – 2.84 Billion Views
“Dark Horse” is one of the most popular songs from Katy’s fourth studio album, Prism. It’s her first attempt at a trap song and it received mixed reviews. Be that as it may, the video is the second most viewed of hers on YouTube.
The video won “Best Female Video” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Unfortunately, Katy Perry lost a lawsuit in 2019 to a rapper called Flame who sued her for copy infringement.
1 Roar – 3.14 Billion Views
Katy Perry’s most viewed music video on YouTube is “Roar”. It’s an empowering anthem that celebrates speaking up one’s mind instead of submitting to other people’s will. The video is humorous and it shows Katy Perry being lost and alone in the jungle. Then, she seems to channel her inner animal, a tiger, and transforming into a leader of the wilderness.
The video received considerable amounts of criticism from animal rights activists as the video featured a real tiger and an elephant.
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