Quick Note: "Gangnam Style" Becomes First YouTube Video to Hit 1 Billion Views
December 21, 2012 11:45 AM
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"Oppa Gangnam Style!"
There are viral videos, and then there are
videos. Psy's "Gangnam Style" seemed to come out of nowhere just five short months ago and has rocketed the South Korean musician to worldwide stardom.
Along the way, "Gangnam Style" broke the Guinness World Record for the most liked video in YouTube history. Speaking back in late September, Guinness World Records Community Manager Dan Barrett stated, "Having been the 'Have you seen this?!' video of the last two months across the web, it's great to be able to award a record for this tremendously popular video. In years past it was unthinkable that something would be viewed a hundred million times."
Now, "Gangnam Style" has broken another record; it's become the first video in YouTube history to cross the 1 billion views threshold. The next closet video is Justin Bieber's "Baby" with just over 813 million views.
We don't know how long the Psy Train will last here in the United States, but the catchy tune and eccentric video should be enough to buy Psy a few more minutes until his 15 minutes of fame is up. With that being said, anything that knocks Justin Bieber down a notch or two can't be
Guinness World Records
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12/21/2012 2:03:53 PM
It's not about it being a great song it's many factors with the dance being one of them. After its initial popularity people were doing the dances on talk shows the news and not to mention the large public gatherings of people dancing like psy. One can argue that one would not have been popular without the other. As for the song it's just catchy and really easy to sing not requiring any vocal talent or a lot of memorization. For not understanding the majority of the words most people still think think it's a feel good "fun" song. I work at a K-12 school and the kids are always doing the dance as a fun joke in the yard and let me tell you they are even funnier doing it than psy lol
12/26/2012 1:46:00 PM
Agreed. It's not unlike the Macarena fad that some here may remember.
I'm sure there are also other songs (perhaps Monster Mash) that are similar in that the song and the dance are symbiotic.
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