‘Gangnam Style’ Makes History Yet Again, Raises The Bar With One Billion Views On YouTube

PSY’s viral “Gangnam Style” music video has raised the bar and achieved on Friday, December 21, a milestone where no other YouTube video ever set foot in.

While it already is the most popular YouTube video in history, “Gangnam Style” now is the first clip to pass one billion views on the Google-owned online video sharing site.

“Gangnam Style” passed by Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video last month to become the most popular YouTube upload of all time.

Uploaded on July 15 to YouTube, the clip (below) is the official music video for South Korean rapper-singer PSY’s catching, horse dance driven hit song.

“Gangnam Style” only needed five months to surpass the top three YouTube megahits: Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (currently at 813.5 million views), Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” (632.7 million views), and “Charlie Bit My Finger” (502.9 million views).

Guinness World Records awarded “Gangnam Style” the most liked video in YouTube history when it eclipsed over two million thumbs up on the site.

YouTube followed the trend and came up with the graph that pitted the success of “Gangnam Style” against “Baby.”

'Gangnam Style' Makes History Yet Again, Raises The Bar With One Billion Views On YouTube

Image: YouTube

In November, Wordstream followed the video’s view rate over its run and came up with 4,000 times per minute, but its predictions of one billion views by December 11 missed the mark by 10 days to December 21 – the Mayan calendar’s end of times.

While it’s unsurprising the world didn’t end on December 21 as predicted by alleged experts in the field, “Gangnam Style” passed one billion views and started the count above the mark on the same day.

Leading up to the Mayan calendar’s doomsday, the contagious video caused a pop culture movement worldwide, including prominent personalities breaking signature “Gangnam Style” horse dance moves in different public venues.

One thousand persons performed a flash mob in Jakarta, Ai Weiwei and Mitt Romney did their own cover versions, and YouTube received hundreds of thousands of uploads of “Gangnam Style” parodies, some of which have strong followings in the tens of millions of views.

YouTube said that fan tributes to the hit are now being viewed 20 million times every day.

The successful run of “Gangnam Style,” as The Verge notes, certainly proves how technology has entrenched in our culture and the pure strength of uncontrolled Internet memes.

PSY’s megahit not only registered YouTube records for number of views but also record number of likes and like-to-dislike ratios.

While “Gangnam Style” passed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most viewed video on YouTube on November 24, it now holds a record of over 6 million likes on YouTube as of this writing.

In addition, “Gangnam Style” has only pulled in a little over 450,000 dislikes at the time of this writing, which means it now has a like-to-dislike ratio nearing 14:1, as opposed to “Baby” with around 1.5 million likes but 3.3 million dislikes.

“Gangnam Style” is the lead single of PSY’s latest and sixth Korean pop album,“PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1,” which will have a companion album, “PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 2”, in March 2013.

According to media reports, the sixth album has sold less than 100,000 copies in PSY’s native country, South Korea.

Several assessments have circulated to claim that “Gangnam Style” has earned over $8.1 million in advertising agreements and generated more than 2.9 million audio downloads since its release.

Starting late November, music lovers have purchased the track on iTunes more than 600,000 times, helping PSY become the first Korean artist to reach number one on the U.S. iTunes chart, along with number one rankings in more than 30 countries.

As if you needed help finding the video, here it is for those who just can’t quite get enough:


PSY’s remix with Hyuna has 200 million views by itself.


Author: Francis Rey

Francis is a voracious reader and prolific writer. He has been writing about social media and technology for more than 10 years. During off hours, he relishes moments with his wife and daughter.

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