YouTube Has a New Most-Watched Video, With Close to 3 Billion Views — Topping the 2012 Clip That Had a Grip on No. 1 for Years

Jul 11, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The long reign of YouTube’s most widely viewed clip of all time is over. The 2012 video “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop star Psy was surpassed in total views by “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa (ft Charlie Puth), BBC News reports.

The report, published this morning, shows that at the time of writing the YouTube total for the Wiz Khalifa track had reached 2,895,373,709, topping the “Gangnam Style” total of 2,894,426,475.

“Gangnam Style” had reigned as YouTube’s top video of all time since soon after it became a worldwide sensation in 2012. The video forced YouTube to rewrite its code after breaking what had been the maximum possible number of views the site’s play counter could measure.

The new No. 1, “See You Again,” was written for the action movie “Furious 7,” and plays over the closing credits as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, the BBC notes.

The report notes that “See You Again” may not remain at No. 1 for long, with the hit summer song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, sung in English and Spanish, on a trajectory to soon claim the title. “Despacito” ranked No. 5 this morning with 2.482 billion views.

“Despacito” has taken just six months to close in on the 2.5 billion mark. In contrast, “See You Again” racked up 1 billion views in its first six months.

Here’s “See You Again” …

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