Baby Shark gained highest view on YouTube

Baby Shark song by Pinkfong
Baby Shark song by Pinkfong

“Baby Shark” has now gained 7.043 billion views on YouTube. This adult-terrorizing earworm and kid-friendly rhythm have officially made the video become the most-watched YouTube video ever. Parents would not be surprised to see the Pinkfong empire hit the music industry greatly in 2020. Three years ago, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” topped the chart.

The rhythm of “Baby Shark” has stuck inside many people’s head since its release. This song is practically a core memory at this point. Even if we stopped it, the music will still continue to play in our brains.

In this matter, the surprising fact is just how dramatically “Baby Shark” flew up the charts. Just last April, when we check YouTube’s most popular videos, the video only had 2.5 billion views. Apparently, the video has shot up 181 percent since then. With 7.04 billion views of “Despacito”, it has managed to surpass “Baby Shark”.

Other top charts

The record of the industry’s other hits at the same period include:

  • (#3) Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” gained less than a billion views to 5.05B
  • (#4) Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” went from 4 billion to 4.8B
  • (#7) “Uptown Funk” only went from 3.5B to 3.99B
  • (#8) Psy’s “Gangnam Style” went from 3.3B to 3.8B

What about the #5 and #6 highest view videos on YouTube? Both are kid songs undoubtedly. These are “Masha and the Bear” which has 4.4 billion views and “Johny Johny Yes Papa” with 4.15 billion views currently.

Based on the graph below, we can see that “Baby Shark” has not even come close to surpass any of the top chart videos yet.

No. 1 most viewed video (Jan 2012 – Oct 2020)

No. 1 most-viewed video from Jan 2012 to Oct 2020

It is still too early to say right now, but it seems to have a completely different direction than any of the major music video hits. That could be a fascinating change of pace, in consideration of how much the music industry has influenced the YouTube charts over the years.


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