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Published on August 5th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The Unstoppable “Despacito” is Now the Most-Viewed Song on YouTube

Wait. Didn’t Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” just knock “Gangnam Style” out of the number one position? Yes, it did. While it’s going to take Psy five years to reach come close to the 3 billion views it has now (the song was released on July 15, 2012), it took Khalifa a little over two years (release date: March 10, 2015) to blow pass “Gangnam Style.”

But what’s this? “Despacito” from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee took just over 200 days to claim the number one spot on YouTube.

Yes, the track, released on January 12 of this year, has benefited from the remix featuring Justin Bieber, but we’re not talking about the numbers contributed by that video. As I type this, the original version has been viewed 2,994,524,361 times, meaning that it’s a sure thing to be the first-ever 3-billion-plus song on the site.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, give them another notch here.




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One Response to The Unstoppable “Despacito” is Now the Most-Viewed Song on YouTube

  1. mark says:

    ad i read this, its already passed 3 billion.

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