After 5 years - Gangnam Style losses first place in YouTube
Psy’s Gangnam Style is no longer the most played video on YouTube.
The South Korean megahit had been the site's most-played clip for the last five years.
The surreal video became so popular that it "broke" YouTube's play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views (2,147,483,647), and forcing the company to rewrite its code.
But the song has now been beaten by another music video - Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's See You Again. The heart-wrenching ballad has now been streamed 2,895,373,709 times, beating Psy's current count of 2,894,426,475 views.
Adding it up, that means See You Again has been streamed for a total of 21,759 years. If one person was to listen to each of those streams consecutively, they'd have to have started during the glacial peak of the last Ice Age.
The song was written for the action movie Furious 7, playing over the closing credits in tribute to the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the film was completed.
It was the best-selling song worldwide in 2015, and received best song nominations at both the Grammys and the Oscars. As the camera fades up into the sky, a title card reads "For Paul" and the video ends.
The song is a tribute to Paul Walker, who died in a car accident during a break in filming for Furious 7 The video reached 1 billion views in six months, and hit 2 billion last September. However, its reign as YouTube's most-watched clip may be short-lived.
Meanwhile, 47 of the top 50 clips on YouTube are music videos, proving the importance of the streaming site to the music industry - despite the fact the two sides are locked in a battle over royalty payments.
Here's the top 10 videos at this moment:
- by Roger Gain