15 Best Josh Groban Songs, Ranked By YouTube Video Views

Josh Groban has been inspiring people with his music for many years, and it’s hard to believe that his first studio album was released two decades ago. Groban has excelled in multiple genres and still shows a unique ability to deliver classical, musical theatre, and popular styles. In addition to his impressive collection of studio albums, Josh Groban has lent his voice to the Broadway stage and to film soundtracks. He has continually expanded his reach with film and television roles, too.

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YouTube is a great place for Josh Groban’s fans to go since much of his repertoire is readily available there and his team updates and uploads regularly. Listeners take comfort in his new music and his older songs, and his music has garnered millions of views on the site, with some rising above the rest as clear favorites.

Updated by Amanda Suarez on October 29, 2021: Josh Groban’s music is as timeless and classic as his voice. The singer is incredibly talented, playing multiple instruments including piano, guitar, drums, and just about anything else he puts his mind to. As a naturally gifted musician, Groban has had an illustrious career since a very young age and has released 18 albums and an EP.  To reflect the sheer number of YouTube views that Groban receives on almost all of his official video releases, Screen Rant felt it was important to expand this list to include every more well-loved and well-viewed YouTube songs. 


15 “If I Walk Away” – 3.7 Million

josh groban poses with a custom jersey in the if i walk away video

“If I Walk Away” is from Josh Groban’s Illuminations album, and the official music video has 3.7 million views on YouTube. The black and white music video details Groban’s time on tour and the sometimes lonely moments of being on the road, echoing the tone of the very popular Netflix documentaries about musicians.

As the video progresses, Groban interacts with fans and his team. The more fans he sees and talks to, the brighter his smile gets, and the video bursts into color. It’s clear that the message of the song is about the love he feels for his fan base and the fear that any musician has about what people will think of their decisions and if people will be there to support them. In the song, he asks listeners, “If I walk away, please follow me.”

14 “99 Years” Featuring Jennifer Nettles (Official Live Version) – 3.8 Million

josh groban and jennifer nettles performing at madison square garden

Many times nowadays, music artists will pick a live performance of one of their songs and release it as an “Offical Live Version” of the track. Josh Groban’s official live version of his duet with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland has 3.8 million views on YouTube.

One of the things fans love about Josh Groban is the sheer number of duets he does. His ability to recognize other talented singers and blend his voice with theirs is a true talent. Groban and Nettles performed this version of “99 Years” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, which is a dream of many aspiring musicians.

13 “Per Te” – 3.9 Million

dancers from josh grobans per te video

In addition to playing various instruments and singing multiple genres of music, Josh Groban also sings in a variety of languages. He’s had songs recorded in Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Italian. His most-watched Italian song video on YouTube is “Per Te,” which has 3.9 million views.

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The music video is beautiful, and features Groban singing with an orchestra, but cuts to two pairs of dancers–one rehearsing and one onstage–gracefully performing duets.

12 “February Song” – 4.5 Million

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Josh Groban’s official music video for “February Song” (part of the 2006 Awake album) has 4.5 million views. The video is very stripped-down and features Groban singing and playing the piano.

The lyrics of the song are quite sad, with Groban singing, “And I never want to let you down/Forgive me if I slip away/When all that I’ve known is lost and found/I promise you I, I’ll come back to you one day.” If listeners are in need of a good cry, they can add this tear-jerking classical ballad to a playlist of equally sad songs from popular musicals, and it’ll fit right in.

11 “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – 4.6 Million

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With his classical training and love of musical theatre, it’s no surprise that Josh Groban compiled a cover album of popular Broadway songs, titled Stages. For those unfamiliar with classical musical theatre, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a song from the Broadway show Carousel, which premiered in 1945.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is originally sung by the character Nettie Fowler in the musical, so this version of the song is a fun gender-bent take on the ballad. Groban’s rendition of the Broadway classic has 4.6 million views on YouTube.

10 “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)” – 4.8 Million

the beginning and middle of I believe music video by josh groban

The official music video for “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” has 4.6 million views on YouTube. The cinematography of the music video is really interesting. In the beginning, the colors are very desaturated and the video is encompassed by black space. But, as the song progresses, the coloring becomes more vivid and the screen becomes fuller, perhaps reflecting the growing hopefulness about finding love.

The song is on the album All That Echoes, released in 2013, and has a more elaborate accompaniment with an orchestra and full choir, as seen in the video. The tagline is also the exact opening text of the Donny Osmond song “When I Fall in Love” (1973).

9 “River” – 5 Million

still of a man looking down in from of telephone wires from josh grobans river music video

Josh Groban’s latest studio album, Bridges, has many popular hits, including “River,” which has garnered 5 million views on YouTube. The sepia-toned music video features simple shots of Groban singing, silhouettes walking past, and shadows over clouds and water. It’s a relatable song about mental health, as Groban sings, “Some days I can’t say why I’m feeling lonely” and being “too proud to ask for help.”

The song is especially poignant now, as it talks about feeling overwhelmed by the world today and craving somewhere “the troubles, they can’t find me” and how “it’s not always how we planned it.” With life handing so many unexpected twists and turns to people over the last few years, it’s not surprising that they find solace in listening to this song.

8 “Hidden Away” – 5 Million

josh groban on a city street in the hidden away music video

Josh Groban’s “Hidden Away,” which is from his 2010 album Illuminations, urges people to not waste any time keeping words of kindness hidden away inside. The song asks, “Will you reveal your love?” and the music video shows scenes of those in need of a helping hand or a kind word that their “poor hearts crave.”

This music video that has 5 million YouTube views is neat in that it melds a performance-style music video with a storytelling one. Half of “Hidden Away” follows Groban and others feeling alone even in a crowded city and dealing with the relatable feeling of isolation. The other half takes place in the studio with Groban and his band. The two worlds meet when the woman Groban left a letter for at the beginning of the video walks up to the studio.

7 “All I Ask Of You (With Kelly Clarkson)” – 5.8 Million

Fans have enjoyed Josh Groban continuing to flex his musical theatre muscles on “All I Ask of You.” He sang the famous The Phantom of the Opera duet with Kelly Clarkson for his 2015 Stages album. Groban’s official audio for the song on YouTube has 5.8 million views, and the two were even invited to sing their version of the song for CBS’s A Home For The Holidays special.

Groban isn’t the only one to tackle the famous Broadway song, however. In 2004, a live-action movie of the show was released starring Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae and Patrick Wilson as Raoul de Chagny. Their version of “All I Ask Of You” was one of the best songs of the movie.

6 “Awake (Official Live Version)” – 7.1 Million

josh groban at the piano singing awake live

Another live performance that Groban chose to make an “Official Live Version” is “Awake,” the title track to Josh Groban’s third studio album. The comment section for the 7.1 million-time viewed YouTube video is filled with fans sharing how much this original hit means to them and has moved them to tears when they hear it.

It’s not stated on the YouTube video where or when the live version is, but because Groban released Awake: Live as a DVD special, it can be assumed that it is from that special/tour, which was in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007.

5 “Brave” – 8.5 Million

background singers record for josh groban's Brave

“Brave” is a more upbeat track on the All That Echoes album and another example of Josh Groban’s ability to motivate and inspire others with his music. He opens with phrases like “wake up,” “reach out,” “find the warmth,” and “smile into the fear.” The superb strings add to the text painting Groban implements on “wanna run away” with a running effect in the accompaniment.

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This song of courage has 8.5 million views on YouTube for the official music video. It’s nice for fans to see clips of the skilled studio musicians who join Groban in a behind-the-scenes style take. And it’s doubly nice to note that many of Groban’s backup singers are women and people of color.

4 “Bring Him Home” – 11 Million

Les Miserables on Broadway

“Bring Home Home” is featured on Josh Groban’s 2015 Stages album, which features Groban’s covers of well-known musical theatre pieces. Fans of Les Miserables, one of the best musicals adapted from classic literature, would definitely recognize the piece as Jean Valjean’s emotional and gentle ballad.

In the context of Les Mis, “Bring Him Home” is a prayer to save the life of Marius, a man that Valjean’s daughter is in love with. Josh Groban taps into his emotional depth as an actor in his rendition, which has 11 million views on YouTube. Additionally, he also covers Marius’s ballad, “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables,” on the Stages album.

3 “You Raise Me Up” – 13 Million

josh groban smiling in the you raise me up video

Josh Groban’s biggest and earliest hit is “You Raise Me Up,” and his YouTube views for the official music video confirm its popularity. 13 million people have streamed the inspirational song, which is actually a cover of Rolf Løvland’s original song, and it’s one of many amazing cover songs with millions of views on YouTube.

The Warner Records Vault edition of the song has 132 million views, proving that countless fans of all ages have found solace in lyrics like “I am strong when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be.” The classic song even made its way into pop culture, being used in a hilarious Vine video of a seal before becoming a popular sound choice on TikTok for comedy and inspirational videos alike.

2 “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” – 14 Million

josh groban in the you are loved music video

“You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” is one of Groban’s most well-known songs that encourages listeners to believe in themselves, and 14 million of them have heard the message on YouTube. “Everybody wants to be understood/Well, I can hear you/Everybody wants to be loved/Don’t give up, because you are loved.”

These lyrics are simple on paper, but they are words that all people need to hear. Groban even punctuates the three words “You are loved” to make his point clear. Many of his songs are uplifting and positive in nature, which is why so many fans love them so much.

1 “Evermore” – 15 Million

15 million people have listened to Josh Groban’s “Evermore” from the 2017 Beauty and the Beast live-action film. Alan Menken and Tim Rice wrote the song from the Beast’s perspective, and actor Dan Stevens sings it in the film.

Josh Groban’s version for the soundtrack plays in the movie’s end credits, much like Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go” made for Frozen. As the lyrics express the Beast’s understanding of Belle’s devotion to him, listeners can hear glimmers of original motifs from the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast.

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