COVID-19 has affected different parts of the globe in waves. Yet, waves are not specifically defined. Using a simple and transparent approach, I provide a bird’s-eye view of waves of recorded cases of COVID-19 at different locations across the globe. Using a widely available dataset, I compile and visualize the peak size and number of waves for over 150 locations, with a population of at least a million each. Most locations experienced one to three waves. Whether the waves increased or decreased in size within locations varies. I have created a Shiny app that helps the reader interact with the data graphs.