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Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” has overtaken Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to become the most popular music video on YouTube.
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The South Korean megahit took the site by storm five years ago, amassing a whopping 2,147,483,647 views and breaking the website’s play counter. Written for the movie Furious 7 and playing during the end credits as a tribute to late actor Paul Walker, “See You Again” was the best-selling song worldwide in 2015 and had 2 billion YouTube views by last September. It has now powered past “Gangnam Style” with 2,901,258,827 views at the time of writing compared to the K-pop song’s 2,896,057,465.
It’s reign as the most-viewed video on YouTube is likely to be short lived, however. Puerto Rican hit “Despacito“, by Luis Fonsi has gotten 2.5 billion views in six months and it isn’t slowing down. By comparison, Khalifa and Puth’s song got one billion views in its first six months. Looking at the overall top-10 most played YouTube videos of all time, Justin Bieber comes third with “Sorry” collecting 2.64 billion views. Taylor Swift has two videos in the top 10. “Shake It Off” comes 6th with 2.25 billion views while “Blank Space” comes 10th, having been played 2.10 billion times.
You will find more statistics at Statista.