Eliud Kipchoge during the INEOS Sub-two-hour marathon challenge. The video was the most watched in Kenya this year. www.businesstoday.co.ke
Eliud Kipchoge during the INEOS Sub-two-hour marathon challenge. Photo/ Eliud Kipchoge via Twitter

Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour INEOS 1:59 marathon challenge was the most-watched video by Kenyans on Youtube this year.

A majority of Kenyans were hooked to their screens when Kipchoge was attempting to beat the challenge. The event only took place in October but still garnered the most views in Kenya this year.

The Ethiopian Airlines B737 Max crash news was the second most-watched video in the country. This video by Bull Phosphorous talked about the major global aviation story in 2019. Several Kenyans were on the flight and lost their lives.

Nigerian Movie titled ‘No Single Guy Should Watch This Movie Alone’ also intrigued many Kenyans as it comes third in the most-watched videos in Kenya this year. The movie is about a man who paid his best friend to help his wife conceive.

The top 10 list of trending non-music videos in Kenya is highly characterised by videos that are not from Kenya. Six videos were done out of Kenya but two of these are directly related to the country. These two are of course the Kipchoge INEOS record and Ethiopia Airlines crash.

Trending Non-Music Videos in Kenya:

  1. INEOS 1:59 Challenge Live – INEOS 1:59 Challenge
  2. Ethiopia Plane Crash, Ethiopia Airlines B737 MAX Crashes After Takeoff, Addis Ababa
    Airport [XP11] – Bull Bosphorus
  3. No Single Guy Should Watch This Movie Alone – Nigerian Movies 2019|Nollywood Movies
    2019 – Latest Love Movies – Recommended Latest Movies
  4. OmbiLangu By Magena Main Youth Choir As Performed During Dan And Lilian’s Wedding –
    Magena Main Youth Choir
  5. See How Uhuru Security Is Very Powerful When Uhuru Kenyatta Departure To Bomas Of
    Kenya – AJAABU TV
  6. HakunaMungu Kama WeweUtachekaUfe #alshajombawalivyokiamsha – Al shajomba
  7. The Real Aki And Paw Paw Comedy Movie (By Popular Demand) – 2018 Latest Nigerian
    Comedy Movies – Movies Web
  8. Likoni Ferry Update: Car Pulled Out, Bodies Of Mariam And Amanda Removed – NTV Kenya
  9. You Will Laugh After Seeing What Emmanuella Did To Aki and Paw Paw (Mark Angel
    Comedy) – Mark Angel Comedy
  10. Je? UngekuaWeweUngefanyaje? – Dar news TV

Most Watched Music Videos

The newly profound controversial gengetone genre is hardly represented among the top 10 most viewed music videos in Kenya. Three of Diamond Platnumz’s videos were featured in the top 10 list.


Rayvanny’s Tetema featuring Diamond Platnumz took the top spot, followed by the very popular
Inama in which Diamond featured Congolese music ace FallyIpupa. Kenya’s Willy Paul came third with the song titled Mmmh, featuring Tanzanian Rayvanny. Diamond’s The One and Mbosso’sTamu
completed the top five playlists.

Kenya’s popular gengetone genre was only represented by two songs which came in at 7th and 8th. Wamlambez banger by Sailors was 7th followed by Ethic Entertainment’s Pandana which was ranked 8th.

Trending Music Videos in Kenya:

  1. Tetema – Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz
  2. Inama – Diamond Platnumz Ft FallyIpupa
  3. Mmmh – Willy Paul Ft Rayvanny
  4. The One – Diamond Platnumz
  5. Tamu – Mbosso
  6. Kainama – Harmonize x Burna Boy x Diamond Platnumz
  7. Wamlambez – Sailors
  8. Pandana – Ethic
  9. Hallelujah – Willy Paul x Nandy
  10. Yope Remix – Innoss’B Ft Diamond Platnumz

Most Viewed and Liked Music Videos Globally

Globally, Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma featuring Snow was the most viewed music video. Shawn Mendes’ Senorita featuring Camila Cabello was the most liked music video globally.

Here is a list of the top 10 most viewed and liked music videos globally;

Top music videos (Locked, Global, 1-10)

  1. Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma (Video Oficial)
  2. ROSALÍA, J Balvin – Con Altura (Official Video) ft. El Guincho
  3. Anuel AA, KAROL G – Secreto
  4. Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna& J Balvin – China (Video Oficial)
  5. Jhay Cortez, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny – No Me Conoce (Remix)
  6. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
  7. Maari 2 – Rowdy Baby (Video Song) | Dhanush, Sai Pallavi | Yuvan Shankar Raja | Balaji
  8. BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ M/V
  9. Billie Eilish – bad guy
  10. Ariana Grande – 7 rings

Most liked music videos (Locked, Global, 1-10)

  1. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
  2. BTS (방탄소년단) ‘작은것들을위한시 (Boy With Luv) feat. Halsey’ Official MV
  3. BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ M/V
  4. Billie Eilish – bad guy
  5. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  6. Ariana Grande – 7 rings
  7. Lil Dicky – Earth (Official Music Video)
  8. Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma (Video Oficial)
  9. j-hope ‘Chicken Noodle Soup (feat. Becky G)’ MV
  10. Vaaste Song: DhvaniBhanushali, TanishkBagchi | Nikhil D | Bhushan Kumar | Radhika Rao,
    Vinay Sapru

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