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The Most Disliked YouTube Videos of All Time (And Why You Hate Them)

Mihir Patkar Updated 22-05-2019

You can Like and Dislike videos on YouTube. However, people use the Dislike button in a number of different ways. Oftentimes it’s not a commentary on the content itself, but issues surrounding it.

Regardless, if a video has a high number of dislikes it’s a good indication that the public shares a common view on it. Here are the most disliked YouTube videos of all time.

The Most Disliked Video on YouTube

YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind, by YouTube | 16.5 million Dislikes

It’s ironic that the most-disliked video on YouTube is by YouTube itself. The platform makes its own end-of-the-year wrap-up video, talking about the high and low points of the year as well as the biggest trends. The 2018 version quickly racked up a lot of Dislikes, to the point where we asked, why does everyone hate YouTube Rewind 2018? Why Does Everyone Hate YouTube Rewind 2018? The YouTube Rewind 2018 video is universally disliked. So why does everyone hate YouTube Rewind 2018? Read More

The video was criticized because it showed how disconnected YouTube has become from its creators and fans. It ignored prominent YouTubers like PewDiePie (and his rivalry with T-Series), didn’t pay homage to celebrity deaths like Stephen Hawking, and was generally out of touch with reality.

Earlier in 2018, YouTube had also faced heavy backlash from its creator community after changing its monetization rules, which excluded several small creators. When the YouTube Rewind 2018 video ignored that as well, the community naturally protested in the format they know best.

The reaction had a rollback effect too, as angry fans went and disliked the previous year’s video. Now YouTube Rewind 2017 is also among the most disliked videos of all time.

The Most Hated Music Video of All Time

Baby, by Justin Bieber | 10.6 million Dislikes

Justin Bieber was one of the first big talents to be discovered through YouTube, landing a record deal after a producer saw a video of him singing. Who would have thought that he would one day have the notoriety of being responsible for the most hated YouTube music video of all time, for his song Baby.

Love him or loathe him, Bieber has legions of “Beliebers” across the world, but the internet loves to hate Justin Bieber, with reasons ranging from his celebrity meltdowns to a perceived lack of talent. With Baby, it’s almost like YouTube rallied together to target this one video and show their distaste for him. Despite his fans’ best efforts, the haters have won. Baby has over 1.3 billion (yes, billion) views, and the Dislikes outnumber the Likes by over 2 million.

Justin Bieber also features several more times in the list of the most disliked YouTube videos of all time. Which leads us to label him the most disliked YouTube star of all time.

YouTube Giveth and YouTube Taketh Away

It’s Everyday Bro, by Jake Paul feat. Team 10 | 4.3 million Dislikes

At first glance, it’s flabbergasting why this little video has so many Dislikes. But if you deep-dive into the YouTube community and its inner workings, it slowly becomes clear.

Before the video went live, Jake Paul, a prominent YouTube personality, was already getting a lot of negative reactions due to certain videos by him and his brother, Logan. The video has Paul rapping about his success, while commenting about other YouTubers and his ex-girlfriend.

The community saw it unnecessarily antagonistic, and made their opinion known with the Dislike button. The video isn’t really worth watching, but the comments are a treasure trove of creative insults.

Dislikes Don’t Actually Matter, and Here’s Proof

Can This Video Get 1 million Dislikes?, by PewDiePie | 4 million Dislikes

YouTube megastar PewDiePie actually created a video to court Dislikes rather than Likes. His reasoning? Apparently, after talking to Google, he realized that the Like and Dislike buttons has no substantial effect on the revenue generated.

So he made a video to prove his point. And it’s an atrocious video, with highlights including PewDiePie simulating a phone call with Google, drinking vodka and trying to drown his friend, riding a stuffed octopus in the streets while shirtless, and other shenanigans.

Save yourself the trouble of watching this. He made his point, you don’t need to know more.

It was so successful that another popular YouTuber, Ricegum, created a similar video titled “How Many Dislikes Can This Video Get?” He made it to 1.4 million Dislikes.

Don’t Mess With Gamers

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer | 2.6 million Dislikes

The Call of Duty (CoD) franchise is one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, but it seems like developer Activision needs to reconnect with its fans. The trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did not go down well with gamers who relentlessly hammered the Dislike button to make it the second most disliked video ever.

Why do fans hate it so much? Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said that gamers aren’t happy with the direction CoD is going in, as it takes a futuristic war scenario by sending soldiers into battles in space or using drones, which takes the player away from the gritty realism that the franchise was once loved for.

Psy and the Love-Hate Relationship

Gangnam Style, by Psy | 1.5 million Dislikes

Korean pop star Psy went viral in 2012 with the music video for Gangnam Style, complete with its iconic dance. And the internet has a weird love-hate relationship with him. Gangnam Style is one of the most disliked video on YouTube, but also sits at the top of the lists of most liked videos and most watched videos on YouTube. Seriously, it literally broke YouTube, with the result being that engineers had to upgrade the number of views allowed for a video.

So why does it have such a high number of Dislikes? It’s hard to say. But as we discovered when we looked at the most annoying music videos on YouTube 10 YouTube Music Videos Guaranteed to Annoy Your Friends Annoying your friends is fun. And as people care a lot about music, one of the best ways to get to them is to force them to sit through a song they hate. Et voila. Read More , a surprising number of people genuinely despise Gangnam Style. Maybe it’s the silly dance, maybe it’s the over-the-top production, or maybe it’s just because the song is not sung in English (for the most part).

What Comes Before Saturday?

Friday, by Rebecca Black | 2.1 million Dislikes

You knew you couldn’t escape this one, right? Rebecca Black shot to fame for all the wrong reasons, as her song Friday became a viral hit, and one of the most hated videos on YouTube.

Black was apparently hurt by the Dislikes and nasty comments, but refused to take the video down since it would be playing into the hands of the haters. The rapidly rising view count and subsequent ad dollars must have helped ease her pain.

OK, so Friday uses autotune and the lyrics are bad and the video looks amateurish, but you know what the most annoying part is? It’s a weirdly catchy tune that gets stuck in your head.

Eventually, everyone moved on and Black released another single called My Moment. And it “only” got 735k thumbs-downs, which was a marked improvement.

Kids vs. Parents

Baby Shark Dance, by Pinkfong | 2.5 million Dislikes

Baby Shark is an old children’s folk song about a family of sharks, which has been adapted several times. Korean kids educational channel Pinkfong turned it into a music video, complete with a Baby Shark “dance” and an animation.

The song went viral and kids across the world wanted to do the Baby Shark dance. They requested, nay demanded, that the video be played over and over, as they danced again and again. And irked parents at the end of their patience hit that Dislike button for unleashing this monster.

Baby Shark Dance also courted some other controversies, as the lyrics were deemed to be sexist and reinforce patriarchy. Pinkfong was also taken to court by a musician who claimed a children-friendly version of the song was originally his idea. And while those topics will rack up the Dislike count, the most clicks still come from frustrated parents who never want to hear it again.

Men and Mentality

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be, by Gillette | 1.5 million Dislikes

Gillette, primarily a men’s shaving brand, made a commercial to address negative behaviors among some men, such as bullying, sexism, toxic masculinity, and sexual misconduct. But the internet pushed back, labelling the video as misandrist and virtue signalling.

The reaction wasn’t entirely unexpected, as YouTube has a history of pushing against such videos by large corporations. Some people even went as far as calling the video the result of radical feminism.

Some commenters were more nuanced in their reasons to dislike the video, stating it was the holier-than-thou stand that Gillette takes in the ad.

Stop The Music!

Wrecking Ball, by Miley Cyrus | 1.2 million Dislikes

In the history of music videos, popularity doesn’t always mean quality. This is clearly evident with the most disliked list, as the majority are music videos. Leaving aside Justin Bieber, Psy, and Rebecca Black—all of whom are YouTube sensations first and pop stars second.

Among the established musicians, Miley Cyrus tops the list with Wrecking Ball, which was also her “coming of age” video. It was quite risque and a move away from her wholesome image up to that point, so it’s no surprise that the Dislikes flowed in.

Other notable music videos that are high in the list are Luis Fonsi’s Despacito (4.1 million Dislikes), Jacob Sartorius’s Sweatshirt (2.1 million Dislikes), Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop (1.3 million Dislikes), Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda (1.5 million Dislikes), Lil Pump’s Gucci Gang (1.4 million Dislikes), and Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do (1.2 million Dislikes).

Forget the Haters

Watching the most disliked videos on YouTube seems like a good way to waste some time and laugh at people, but wouldn’t you rather be spending time watching something you enjoy?

Perhaps, instead of looking for hate, we should all focus on the things that make us feel good. The internet has enough negativity already, and a dose of positivity is always better. So, with that in mind consider checking out these classic YouTube videos worth watching again 10 Classic YouTube Videos Worth Watching One More Time Are you yearning for the old days? Then you should watch these classic YouTube videos again to remind yourself of simpler times. Read More .

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  1. Britney Nguyen
    December 8, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    And now, YouTube rewind 2018 is basically gonna be #2

  2. Petty wilson
    January 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    youtube rewind has 1M dislikes, but you have a video with only 838K

    • asdf
      March 11, 2018 at 7:14 am

      you cant be serious, look at the date of publication

  3. Concerned citizen
    December 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    *clears throat loudly* Jake Paul’s terrible “song” “Everyday bro” currently has over 3 million dislikes.

    You might have missed that if England it your city.

  4. Concerned citizen
    December 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    *clears throat loudly* Jake Paul’s “everyday bro”, currently has I’ve 3 million dislikes.

    You probably missed that if England is your city

    • Doc
      May 26, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      England is a COUNTRY, not a CITY. #derp

  5. Youtubevillain
    January 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    How about YOUTUBE HEROES? Over 950K dislikes for 30K likes!
    And it's from YOUTUBE HELP itself.

  6. Dustin
    January 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Right. The negative reaction to the ghostbusters movie can't possibly be because it's a horrible movie. Mind you plenty of other films, TV shows and video games featuring female leads haven't gotten anywhere near as much blowback as this. Critical response and box office takings should be enough to tell you it was a piece of crap movie.

  7. PETE
    December 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Y'all gonna have to update this list, Pewdiepie just got 930,000 dislikes.

    • Something random
      December 27, 2016 at 5:42 am

      Make that 2.4 Million dislikes

  8. Bob
    July 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    What about sweatshirt with over a mill dislikes

  9. Anonymous
    June 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    For those whining about the all-female Ghostbusters cast, let me type the following slowly so you might have a shot at understanding it:

    COLUMBIA IS NOT DESTROYING ANY COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIES. They still exist. And you haven't even seen the new film yet. Even the cast has said that the first trailer doesn't reflect the actual film they made.

    Also, it's more than a little disingenuous to argue that the dislikes on YouTube are not sexist and then complain about the all-female cast.

    Further, there's nothing inherently "male" or "female" about being a Ghostbuster. Let's start with the fact that they're fictional characters. But moving on from that, we have female cops, female plumbers, female firefighters, female EMTs and female scientists. As presented, Ghostbusting is a little of each of these in terms of operational necessity. Admittedly, they probably don't have to have the emergency medical training of EMTs, but certainly the pace of the job--having to answer emergency calls to large metropolitan areas at a moment's notice--is the same.

    And Columbia and Paul Feig are not "changing the characters we already love." Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, Melnitz, Tully, Barrett, and Spengler are all out there in Imaginationland. They're not going away.

    Finally, and most importantly, NEWS FLASH: The creators of these films don't owe you anything. You can like their work or not. You can say anything you want about it, no matter how stupid. But if you don't like it, they don't owe you anything in return. It's up to you to go make something better.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Perry, really appreciate you backing me up here :)

    • Pink Mawile
      December 27, 2017 at 9:11 am

      For me, I was just angry at: Boring set pieces; bad practical effects; poor cgi effects; non-sequitur and disruptive humor; bland writing and characterization; and a confusingly uncomfortable plot progression. Hell, I'm even offended they hired some amazing actresses and then put them in stale and trite characters that were more defined by the advertisements than actually feeling part of the story itself. It's the poor characterization of those characters that make people feel like they were written IN as females for marketing, rather than written as women for the benefit of the story itself. And reducing women to a marketing ploy of 'line up the tropes' is incredibly degrading to the talented actresses who spend their lives trying to hone their skills and talents just to be thrown in as a flavor of the week comedy punch bag.

      Not everyone who hated it, did so because it had women as lead actors. Some hated the movie, because it was a bad movie that insulted the base material, the newer audience, and the actors themselves.

  10. Harkinion
    June 7, 2016 at 5:59 am

    The Ghostbusters movie has the dislikes becouse of sexism? For real? I mean I agree that a part of those who hit dislike had thoughts like women cant be the Ghostbusters, but lets be realistic here:
    We are talking aboute a crappy movie originated on an iconic story of our childhood. You can`t just switch their gender and say "Thats how it is now, deal with it!"
    I mean thats like making a movie aboute someone like Martin Luther King but asuming he is female. It just doesnt feel correct and nobody should wonder why it wont work.

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      You say, "lets be realistic here" [sic], but then you:

      1) claim that the new Ghostbusters film switches the genders of the lead characters. Wrong. The new film uses entirely new characters, and makes no changes to the old ones.

      2) seriously compare fictional characters with Martin Luther King. Dude, I love Ghostbusters too, but the only "dream" they had was the one Ray Stantz had where he got busy with a ghost in the second act.

      3) claim "It just doesnt feel correct" [sic]. Maybe to you it doesn't. But that's an opinion.

      Again, the original movies are still available, and are unlikely to ever go out of print. Nobody's taking them away.

      • Harkinion
        June 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        You may be right, I got a little carried away while writing this, but:
        to your 1st point I have nothing to add. Here you are completely in the right.

        To the second point I have to say, that I did this intentionally. It was meant to be exaggerated.

        And at last your third point. Yes it is my opinion and I dont get why I shouldnt say what I think aboute it.

        • Anonymous
          June 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm


          As for noting that your opinion is your opinion, I never meant to suggest you should state your opinion. However, it came out sounding like you meant it as something more.

          For instance, the new Ghostbusters film doesn't feel "correct" or "incorrect" at all to me--just different. That's my opinion. The difference is that I'm clarifying that it's my opinion. I didn't get that from your comment.

          I don't buy your pivot off the MLK point, though. No sale. Sorry.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Harikinion, did you read my reasons for why I said that? I think I've substantiated my argument well be drawing parallels.

  11. Anonymous
    June 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

    "who it should choose as its candidate"
    *whom* it should choose

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I love-hate you.

      • Anonymous
        June 30, 2016 at 11:32 am


  12. Dan Smith
    June 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I'm pretty sure nobody cares that the cast of the new Ghostbusters is female. People didn't want a remake. They wanted a sequel back when that was reasonable. Now, people just want it to be a classic.

    Plus, the movie looks terrible.

    • Peter Hood
      June 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, and yes. If you look at people like Undoomed on Youtube you'll find out that there is a lot more to this though, including a distaste for rewriting history using dubious, Marxist derived, socio-political theories. The new GB is not merely distasteful, but also politically motivated. If it does flop, and from what I hear it may have done, perhaps the PC inclined of this world will listen. Or go broke.

      • Mihir Patkar
        June 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

        Could you point me to these arguments please?

    • Andrew
      June 5, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I don't like how the new Ghostbusters are female, and there are a lot of people who agree with me. I'm all for gender equality and strong female characters, etc., but I don't think the solution is to change the characters we already love. Why not come up with a new idea for a movie featuring women, instead of remaking an old one to be PC?

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I disagree about "nobody cares". The YouTube comments on that video, the internet reaction, and everything else points to the fact that a large number of people care deeply.

  13. Dan Middleton
    June 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    "and completely unmissable at worst."

    I've missed it quote happily, thanks.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Hahaha I stand corrected :D

    • monstah
      November 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

      OMG is that really DanTDM??? hiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      wait. i just realized that he wrote that on june 3, 2016 and its like, november 2017 now, so im practically talikng to myself... #sadlife

    • monstah
      November 24, 2017 at 7:04 am

      OMG ITS DANTDM!!!! HIIIII!!!!!!--
      WAIT. Half way through writing this, I realized he wrote that on June 3, 2016, and right now its like, November 24, 2017.... #sadlife