PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Overtakes Bieber’s ‘Baby’ as Most-Watched YouTube Video Ever

PSY’s “Gangnam Style” surpassed on Saturday Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as YouTube’s most-watched video of all time after it registered over 805 million views.

Park Jae-Sang, 34, popularly known as PSY, skyrocketed to fame only four months ago with the world release of his “Gangnam Style” music video, where he popularized his catching horse-riding dance move.

On Saturday, November 24, YouTube posted in its blog that PSY’s music video had tallied more than 805 million views to Bieber’s 803 million.

The online video streaming service said it continues to be “a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”

PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Overtakes Bieber's 'Baby' as Most-Watched YouTube Video Ever

Image: Scene from PSY’s official “Gangnam Style” music video

“Each day, ‘Gangnam Style’ is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times,” wrote Kevin Allocca, manager, Trends, YouTube. This rate is well over the 350 thousand to 500 thousand for Bieber’s two-year-old music video, “Baby”.

PSY’s Korean song, which refers to an upscale neighborhood and business district in Seoul, has topped charts worldwide, including English-speaking countries such as Britain and Australia. It has gained the attention of world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.

It has spawned many tribute videos copied by an astonishing roster of celebrities and personalities, including Chinese political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, who helped PSY land a contract with Scooter Brauns’ Schoolboy Records – Bieber’s management agency.

YouTube said that if we add up views from the tribute videos and the official video, PSY’s song now has at least 2.2 billion views under its belt.

“Gangnam Style” has already passed the 813 million milestone at the time of this writing.


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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