10 Most Viewed Music Videos by Dead Singers

most viewed music videos by dead singers
These performers may be long gone but their music lives on.  Being dead doesn’t mean that fans will easily forget them. The statistics on these music videos will confirm that music lovers missed these performers terribly as the vids still rack up millions of views collectively. On that note, here are some of the most viewed music videos by dead singers.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

This hit song from Kurt Cobain has logged more than 444 million views and still viewed by the hundreds or more daily.

It’s a testament to the fact that Kurt’s band Nirvana was indeed one of the greatest rock bands ever even if its existence was cut short when Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994; becoming one of the Death Club 27 artists who died at age 27.



Michael Jackson fans will find it hard to believe that he didn’t get the top spot.  However, the King of Pop has six entries in this list; establishing his legacies as one of the greatest music video artists of all time.

Many fans argued that if YouTube was around during the Thriller era, it could have been the most viewed video ever. It’s currently at 355 million as of this post.

Michael Jackson - Thriller

MJ died June 25, 2009.

I Will Always Love You

Originally recorded by Dolly Parton but was remade by Whitney Houston as the lead soundtrack for her smash hit movie alongside Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard.

This video is currently listed with 316 millions YouTube views.

Whitney Houston

Whitney died on February 11, 2012.

Bohemian Rhapsody

It’s the oldest video in this entry from British band Queen. The video amassed more than 288 million views (and counting).

While original members are still alive, front man Freddie Mercury died on November 1991.

Fillers, Pre-MTV Era

It is interesting to note that at the time of its release, music videos were still called as fillers then because they filled up TV screens before the TV station sign on for broadcast.


They Don’t Care About Us

This is the second entry from the King of Pop.  It was shot in the alleys of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The controversial video with similarly controversial lyrics has so far achieved more than 262 million views.

Billie Jean

The third entry from Michael Jackson. Like Thriller, it was one of the most popular and iconic songs of MJ.

Until now, despite acquiring more than 241 million views, fans still aren’t too sure who Billie Jean is despite numerous theories surrounding it.


This Latin song is a testament on just how huge the Latin market is.

With more than 229 million views so far, Ariel Camacho is still indeed a force to reckon with in the Latin music industry.

This Mexican singer just died last February 2015 at only 23 years old.

Ariel Camacho

Remember The Time

This video garnered 172 million views on YouTube.

This is one of the trailblazers when it comes to an all-star cast video. He enlisted the help of supermodel Iman, basketball star Magic Johnson, movie comedy superstar Eddie Murphy and Wylie Draper who played as the adult Michael Jackson in the TV movie The Jacksons: an American Dream.

Michael Jackson - Remember The Time cast

Jackson, Murphy and Iman

The Way You Make Me Feel

The video currently boasts of 167 million views.


Here’s the last of the 6 entries Michael Jackson has on this list.

You know that a music video is iconic if it is served with a video parody from Weird Al Yankovic.

Before the king of pop’s video amassed more than 167 million views, the king of parody released a video parody of this video entitled Fat.

bad vs fat music video

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