It’s been five years since “Gangnam Style” had its stranglehold over Top 40 radio stations, and the song from Korean singer Psy has long held the esteemed honour of being the most-watched video on YouTube. The megahit was so popular that YouTube was forced to rewrite its code after views exceeded the maximum (over two billion at the time and nearing three billion now).
But since all good things must come to an end, say farewell to “Gangnam Style” because its reign is officially over. And once you find out what video now holds the title, you won’t be too surprised.
Here are a couple of hints.
It’s another music video.
For one of the most popular film franchises in history.
And it pays tribute to one of its late stars.
That’s right, “See You Again” from Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth has taken over the top spot. The song was featured on the soundtrack for Furious 7 — the last Fast and Furious movie Paul Walker appeared in. And not only does it serve as a video for the film, it also honours Walker in the most heart-wrenching way possible.
“Gangham Style” may still be played at weddings with everyone from little kids to great-uncles dancing goofily to it, but “See You Again” is a meaningful weeper that hits right in the feels. The lingering looks between Vin Diesel and Walker? Gah!
For the record, I joined @YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. Just heard about See You Again…wow.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) July 11, 2017
“Gangnam Style” was first uploaded in July 2012, and became YouTube’s most-watched video that November. A month later it became the first video to clock one billion views. By May 2014, it was the first video to reach two billion. Eleven months after that “See You Again” was uploaded.
The race still remains tight, though. At press time, “See You Again” has 2,896,369,048 views while “Gangnam Style” trails close behind at 2,894,758,583.
And in case you were wondering, rounding out the Top 5 are Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” with 2,636,088,467 views which is ironic since he isn’t even in the video …
… “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, at 2,550,928,292 views …
… and Luis Fonsi‘s “Despacito” (again sans Bieber) at 2,487,026,198.