Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ “Body 2” video featuring Arrdee, 3x3E! & ZT, Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni. The track is not only the first exercise track to reach number one in the official UK Singles Rankings, but it also propelled both artists to the top of the game. It also helped the featured artist and the recent YouTube performer. Music Artist on the Rise ArrDee to become one of the year’s most notable talents, and has seen longtime “King of The North” Bugzy Malone reach the biggest audiences of his career.
The original version of “Body” is also in the chart at # 7, making Tion Wayne and Russ Millions one of only two artists to feature twice – the other being Olivia Rodrigo with “good 4 u” and ” driver’s license”. The two âBodyâ videos also stand out in the list as the only videos that were not uploaded by the artist’s official channel. Instead, they were both featured on GRM Daily, which now has 4.7million subscribers, GRM Daily has been instrumental in elevating UK genres such as drill and grime. underground to become the dominant sound of contemporary youth culture.
The ranking of the best UK music videos from YouTube Music of 2021 also reveals that UK artists are truly flourishing. Six of the videos are from British artists, including another artist on the rise in the form of Central Cee, whose “engagement issues” have helped solidify her status as a rising star.
The graphic also reiterates the enormous reach of YouTube Music, both nationally and internationally. The platform has made a vital contribution to the success of national artists around the world, with a staggering global tally of over 2 billion views.
The Top Music Videos is one of five UK year-end charts YouTube released today. The other categories – Top Trending Videos, Top Creators, Breakout Creators and the new Top Shorts Creators.
1. Tion Wayne x Russ Millions – âBody 2â with Arrdee, 3x3E! & ZT, Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni
The original version of “Body” was already a defining moment for exercise, but a stellar selection of star guests took “Body 2” to a whole new level. The result was that ‘Body’ became one of the biggest hits of the year and was certified Platinum in recognition of over 600,000 UK sales.
2. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”
‘Bad Habits’ is the biggest track from Ed Sheeran’s hit album phenomenon ‘=’. âBad Habitsâ was instrumental in helping Sheeran reach # 1 on YouTube Music’s Top Artist charts in more than ten countries. He also spent over 300 weeks on the list of the world’s best artists.
3. The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”
The first hit music video of the year kicked off a year in which there was no escape from The Weeknd. From a dazzling halftime show at the Superbowl to the hit album ‘The Highlights’ and her first BRIT Award, the Canadian star has done it all. His profile was boosted with a worldwide total of 600 million views for âSave Your Tearsâ.
4. Olivia Rodrigo – ‘good 4 u’
Olivia Rodrigo rejuvenated elements of pop-punk and emo for Gen Z with âgood 4 u,â but her official video also grabbed attention. She stars as a revenge-seeking cheerleader in a visual that fuses the current dark pop scene with an early 2000s aesthetic. 300 million views later, he’s now up for Best Music Video at the Grammy Awards.
5. LIL NAS X – ‘MONTERO (Call me by your name)’
Another Grammy nominated video! You can analyze the striking symbolism of ‘MONTERO’ as much as you like, but one truth stands out: If a video shows LIL NAS X dancing for the devil, people will press time and again. The âMONTEROâ video has reached # 1 for Best YouTube Music Songs in over 20 countries. Broken internet, mission accomplished.
6. Olivia Rodrigo – “driver’s license”
Olivia Rodrigo released her first single ‘Driver’s License’ in January and immediately became the biggest new pop star in 2021. Inspirational comparisons to Taylor Swift and Lorde, the sleek video brought the moving story to life. Eleven months later, Olivia now has a World No. 1 album under her belt and she is set to be a big hit at the 2022 Grammy Awards with seven nominations.
7. Russ Millions x Tion Wayne – “Body”
The original version of the biggest video of 2021.
8. Dave – ‘Clash’
The first track from Dave’s highly anticipated second album and a feature film from rap legend Stormzy? Yes, the ‘Clash’ video had everything it needed to capture the imagination of a large audience. There was only one way to make it more iconic: by taking Aston Martins for a ride around Silverstone.
9. Central Cee – “Engagement issues”
Central Cee’s artist channel exploded in 2021. It started the year with 80,000 subscribers, but âCommitment Issuesâ has seen its subscriber numbers grow exponentially as it now approaches 600,000. His current video, âObsessed With You,â is set to be even bigger, with 25 million views split between his official video and his animated visual.
10. Anne-Marie x KSI x Digital Farm Animals – âDon’t playâ
Taking a modern take on a retro garage sound, ‘Don’t Play’ became Anne-Marie’s highest single as lead artist as well as KSI and Digital Farm Animals’ biggest to date. . Her video was even more fun, as it playfully referred to Anne-Marie’s time as a karate black belt and KSI’s experiences as a boxer.
Dan Chalmers, YouTube EMEA Music Director, said: âYouTube has always been where any artist of any genre can shine and this list is proof of that with exercise number one and featuring the same video twice in one. listing. It is a true reflection of what is happening in Britain today.