Gangnam Style Supplants Bieber’s Baby as YouTube KingBy: Josh Wolford - November 26, 2012
For more than two long, hopeless years, Justin Bieber’s “Baby” wore the crown of most viewed video on YouTube. We knew that eventually a white knight would ride in and oust the boy tyrant, but we were unsure of just how long we would have to wait. Ladies and gents, the wait is over.
And your favorite South Korean rapper was the man to do it.
Over the weekend, YouTube announced that the PSY megahit “Gangnam Style” surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in terms of total views on the site. The transition of power occurred at noon on Saturday, with “Gangnam Style” registering 805 million views to “Baby”‘s 803 million. As it stands today, “Gangnam Style” has opened up a bigger lead with over 825 million views. Bieber is still stuck with just over 805 million.
YouTube says that “Gangnam Style” is still being viewed between 7 and 10 million times a day, even though it debuted on the site over four months ago. It’s path to over 800 million views was meteoric, a viral rise that is really unprecedented in the annals of YouTube.
As it stands, “Gangnam Style” and “Baby” sit one and two on the YouTube top videos of all time. Ronding out the top 5 is Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor,” Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie.” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
Of course, views aren’t all that matter. What about popularity on a different scale – likes? PSY has that on lockdown as well, as he won a Guinness World Record back in September when “Gangnam Style” became the most-liked video in YouTube history. For more on the Gangnam Style phenomenon, including remixes and covers, check here.