‘Gangnam Style’ dethroned as most-watched YouTube video ever
It was a record that was bound to fall: South Korean singer Psy’s 2012 hit “Gangnam Style” is no longer the most-viewed video on YouTube.
Though his 2,895,377,700 views is quite an impressive number, another video had received nearly three million more watches as of Tuesday.
The title shifted sometime in the past few days to Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 song, “See You Again.” The tune featured another singer, Charlie Puth, and was on the “Furious 7” soundtrack.
“See You Again” was the song written in the memory of the late actor Paul Walker, who starred in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Walker was killed in a car crash prior to the release of “Furious 7.”
But to be fair, the new title holder has been recognized as a really good song. It was nominated for both a Grammy and an Oscar, and though it did not win either, it won a slew of other awards.
Psy’s hit kind of caught the world off-guard. He had been a smash success in South Korea, but “Gangnam Style” really gave his career in America a huge push and led to far too many covers and parody videos.
In case you need a reminder:
While “See You Again” held a 3 million-view lead on Tuesday, it may be surpassed by another video in a couple months: “Despacito,” a song by Luis Fonsi that featured Daddy Yankee, had been viewed 2,490,957,209 times.
Both “Gangnam Style” and “See You Again” have been around for a bit, while “Despacito” was uploaded in January.