How do I find the most popular videos on YouTube? I’m trying to find the top 5000, but I’m really stuck. I’ve tried all my search tools but everything just spits out a load of meaningless numbers that don’t even represent results.
I think you are looking for the most viewed.
The YouTube Data API V2 supports lists of data related to views.
You can get the top 1000 video views that have the best engagement rate (number of views divided by the number of times the video was watched) and best thumbs-up rate (number of thumbs up divided by number of views), after a rollup of views for any given period of time.
Videos in a category are ordered from most popular to least popular.
You can use the next parameter to limit the results in each response to a specific number, such as the top 20 or the top 500.
You can get statistics on viewed videos and all play activity with the video history data API.
The number of plays is a counter that represents the number of times that the user has viewed the video.
The video history data API returns a playlist of all of the videos that were ever listed under a particular category. The results of the search include the videoId, title, and the number of views.
You can get a video’s view counts and play counts per hour and the day:
Be sure to give the correct format when you add the data API key to your request:
Also be aware that there is a maximum of 50 videos per day that can be returned by the API.
Here is an example of how this would look.