Artist News Business News Digital

Psy’s Gangnam Style loses position as YouTube’s most played video

By | Published on Wednesday 12 July 2017


After five years at the top, Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ is no longer YouTube’s most watched video. And it was only 100 million plays away from reaching the three billion milestone too. Bad luck, Psy.

But the good news for anyone wanting to point out the importance of music to YouTube – say you had a beef about safe harbours, or something – is that it’s the video for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again’ single that now holds the most viewed record.

The 2015 single was written for the soundtrack of the seventh film in the ‘Fast & Furious’ series as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died during the making of the movie. It has since become a highly requested song to be played at funerals and over on the YouTube platform is still pulling in over a million views per day. That means it’s set to hit that three billion milestone this autumn.

“I joined YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views”, said Puth on Twitter. “Just heard about ‘See You Again’… wow”.

A number of other songs are gaining on the second place slot now held by ‘Gangnam Style’, though closest competitor – Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ – is still more than 200 million plays away from reaching it.

Maybe this isn’t the end of ‘Gangnam Style’ though. Maybe it could have a resurgence. Maybe we could all relive that heady summer when the only worry anyone had was whether or not they could pull off the horsey dance. Those days seem so innocent now. Let’s start the campaign here: