No, it’s not my infamous cat and bunny video.
It’s not James Cagney dancing down the steps of the White House in Yankee Doodle Dandy:
And it’s not this classic video from ESPN:
Prior to this week, the most watched video was Gangnam Style by Psy, with over 2.8 billion views.
However, just yesterday, the video See You Again by Wiz Khalifa surpassed Gangnam Style as the most watched video, with over 2.9 billion views. The song was featured in the 2015 action film “Furious 7” where it played during the end credits in a tribute to the movie’s star, Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash before the film was released.
I did see the movie, but today was the first time I watched the music video. According to the web site Internet World Stats, there are over 3.7 billion internet users as of March, 2017. That could mean that about 80% of all Internet users from around the world have seen this video.
Noticeably not included in that 80% – me.
Just the other day I wrote about a song and music video I had never heard of, despite it having over 300 million views in YouTube. But not having seen Wiz’s video makes me feel like I am really out of touch.
And then I went through the list of the 80 most watched videos, and I realized I hadn’t seen most of them. The site also had some interesting stats, such as of the 80 videos on the list, 77 are music videos. And that Justin Bieber is the only artist to have four videos exceeding one billion views. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris each have three videos that exceed one billion views, while Katy Perry, Fifth Harmony, Psy, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Shakira, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande each have two. Taylor Swift is the only artist to have two videos exceeding two billion views.
One of the more unusual songs on the list (at least in my opinion) is The Wheels on the Bus, a kid’s song.
I guess YouTube has replaced Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as the place for kids to watch wholesome content.
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the all-time most viewed video, here it is.