Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Has Officially Lost the Title of Most-Watched YouTube Video
Almost exactly five years after its release, Psy‘s record-setting video for “Gangnam Style” has been surpassed as YouTube’s most-watched clip. After becoming the first video to reach one billion views, the video has 2,894,653,630 views (as of July 11), but that’s no longer enough to hold the title — Charlie Puth‘s “See You Again” has taken over.
Thanks to the insane views on “Gangam Style” and “See You Again” — the math of those view counts adds up to more than 21,000 years worth of streaming each — YouTube had to rewrite its code to up the number of maximum views. Initially, YouTube could only store 2,147,483,647 views on one video, but “Gangnam Style” passed that in December 2014, forcing the video streaming site to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (which means you could technically stream “See You Again” more than 9 quintillion times).