PSY 'Gangnam Style' Beats Justin Bieber 'Baby' To Become Most Watched YouTube Video Ever

By Anu Passary | Nov 28, 2012 12:54 PM EST

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Korean pop sensation PSY, who recently shot to fame with his song "Gangnam Style," has another feather in his hat. PSY's "Gangnam Style" has racked up more than 839 million views since upload and now holds the distinctions of being the most viewed YouTube video ever, trouncing Justin Bieber's 2010 hit single "Baby."

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"Today, global sensation PSY and his wildly popular "Gangnam Style" music video surpassed Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most viewed music video (and overall video) of all time on YouTube," noted the YouTube Trends blog.

PSY's hot-selling single has notched up 839, 486, 557 views on YouTube so far since being uploaded in July this year. By comparison, Bieber's hit single has managed 805 million views since Feb. 19, 2010. At the time, the video had dislodged Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" by getting more than 246 million views to leapfrog its way to the top.

"#GangnamStyle just became the most watched video @YouTube!! #History," PSY posted to Twitter on Saturday, Nov. 24, to celebrate his achievement.

Earlier in September, Gangnam Style had made it to the top 10 Google Search list.

According to Billboard, the video also has 5.37 million likes, the maximum ever, whereas Bieber's "Baby" languishes behind at just 1.4 million likes. This figure makes the video the Most Liked video ever posted on YouTube and YouTube Trends avers that the "velocity of popularity for PSY's outlandish video is unprecedented."

"PSY's video first spread from South Korea to the rest of the world in early August. It's been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we've ever seen before. Each day, "Gangnam Style" is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times," noted YouTube Trends.

The horse-riding style dance depicted in the K-pop video has become a global rage since its release and "Gangnam Style" peaked at No.2 on the U.S. Hot 100 charts. The song spent nearly seven weeks on No.2 behind Maroon 5's "One More Night."

The electro-pop anthem has inspired a pop culture phenomenon with the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, and MC Hammer performing the "Gangnam Style" dance alongside PSY. Even tennis sensation Novak Djokovic showed off impromptu Gangnam Style moves at the China Open to celebrate his victory.

Recently, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, joked that he had relinquished his title as "the most famous Korean" and tried a few of PSY's dance moves as well.

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