Can you remember the crazy song and dance ‘Gangnam style’? For years, Psy had received most YouTube views with his song. But now another video has overtaken him.
Wiz Khalifa is the new number 1 on YouTube. Read on to find out what the song is called, how many YouTube views it has and which other YouTube music videos can be found in the Top 10.
Battle over YouTube views
On YouTube you will find many different types of videos. Of course music videos are especially popular. However there is a dispute that the record labels feels they are infringing the copyrights of the artists. The battle is set to come to a head in Europe later this year. The industry believes YouTube unfairly takes advantage of “safe harbour” laws, which protect it from liability for the massive amount of copyrighted material illegally uploaded by its users, so long as it is removed on request. Do you want to know more? Take a look at how The Music industry goes to war with YouTube.
“Gangnam Style” had the most YouTube views
By the 20 September 2012 “Gangnam Style” had become the most popular video on YouTube. Since then, no clip could beat the number of Likes. To date, the video has been watched over 2,904 billion times. And so the “Gangnam Style” became a viral mega hit. And has been at the top spot for the most views on YouTube for many years. But first, back to Park Jeasang, better known as Psy. On 15 July 2012 he uploaded his video “Gangnam Style” onto YouTube. And it was not long before every child’s birthday party, every carnival and festival, and every street party, was overtaken by the dance craze “Gangnam Style”.
Just to remind you – here is the YouTube music video from Psy:
Who has the most YouTube views now?
But “Gangnam Style” has been replaced at the top spot. And who has the most YouTube views now? This is the song “See you again” by Wiz Khalifa with 2.935 billion views. This clip is now the new number 1 on YouTube music videos. The official video for the “Fast & Furious 7” soundtrack has been available on YouTube since April 6, 2015. Now the homage to the sadly deceased main actor Paul Walker, has overtaken “Gangnam Style”. “See you again” fares significantly better in the number of Likes and Dislikes too. Paul Walker died in a car accident while still shooting the film “Fast & Furious 7”.
This is the YouTube music video from Wiz Khalifa:
Top 10 or the most YouTube views?
And what other YouTube music videos are also in the top 10? Which artists have the most YouTube views? The statisticians from statista.com have created a new report on 12 July. This is what they have compiled:
- 1. Wiz Khalifa with “See you again” – 2,935 billion views
- 2. Psy with “Gangnam Style” – 2,904 billion views
- 3. Justin Bieber with “Sorry” – 2,637 billion views
- 4. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars with “Uptown Funk” – 2.551 billion views
- 5. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee with “Despacito” – 2,504 billion views
- 6. Taylor Swift with “Shake it off” – 2,249 billion views
- 7. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona with “Bailando” – 2.333 billion views
- 8. Maroon 5 with “Sugar” – 2,151 billion views
- 9. Katy Perry with “Roar” – 2,130 billion views
- 10. Taylor Swift with “Blank Space” – 2,102 billion views
Reasons for the most YouTube views
What are the reasons that this bland pop music apparently meets the taste of the masses and receives the most YouTube views? There’s real neuroscience behind the strategy of getting you to like shallow pop music: If you hear something enough, you’ll start to like it. Take a look at the article How The Music Industry Is Brainwashing You to Like Bad Pop Songs. The current leader Wiz Khalifa touches us with his tribute to Paul Walker. Emotions are stirred and heartstrings pulled. And this also applies to the other videos in the Top 10: They fit into the mainstream phenomenon and therefore suit current music tastes: We do entertain ourselves with shallow music without having to take it too seriously.