Gangnam Style becomes first YouTube video to reach 2 billion views

In July 2012, the South Korean pop music star PSY, who was almost completely unknown outside his home country, released the music video for his song Gangnam Style on his YouTube channel. The video went viral and quickly turned into a massive pop culture phenomenon. Within a few months it not only became the most viewed video on YouTube but also became the first clip on the site to exceed 1 billion views.

Late on Friday, the Gangnam Style video reached yet another milestone as it became the first YouTube video to reach the 2 billion view mark. While it took a lot longer to reach that point compared to its previous 1 billion milestone, the video is still generating an average of well over 58 million views a month.

To celebrate the occasion, the view counter on the page now has two animated versions of PSY dancing next to the numbers. Clicking on the animations will also yield a nice surprise.

The official YouTube Twitter feed celebrated the occasion as well. It could be a very long time before any video comes close to breaking PSY's record.

Source: PSY on YouTube

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This isn't news at all, it's had 1,999,273,573 views, which is three quarters of a million off a billion.

n_K said,
This isn't news at all, it's had 1,999,273,573 views, which is three quarters of a million off a billion.

Yeah, don't know what the fuss is about, it's had 1,999,999,999 views too, nbd tbh.
/s

ArthJar said,

Yeah, don't know what the fuss is about, it's had 1,999,999,999 views too, nbd tbh.
/s

It's news when it passes 2b as the news article indicates it does - this video hasn't yet done that.

Who could have guessed it that a chubby south korean will not only break a YouTube milestone once by hitting 1 billion, but twice, 2 billion views.

I remember PSY collaborating with MC Hammer at the NYC countdown back in 2012-2013. Funny stuff :p (though the song was prerecorded not performed live)

I like the video, but I don't see how it deserve 2 billion of view. But I'd prefer this to have 2 billion view, than any of the videos from pop star like miley cirus, lady gaga etc...

max22 said,
I never watched it either.

I never had either and I think I just :x

bigmehdi said,
I like the video, but I don't see how it deserve 2 billion of view. But I'd prefer this to have 2 billion view, than any of the videos from pop star like miley cirus, lady gaga etc...

Personally,
Just those names make me want to :x