First, he took over YouTube. Then, he took over mainstream television. Now, he’s the proud owner of a Guinness World Record.
South Korean rapper PSY has just set a new YouTube-based record with his megahit “Gangnam Style” – the most likes in history with 2,141,758 (and growing).
That bests the previous record holder, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” which has 1.5+ million likes. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” come in at #3 and #4.
As of the writing of this article, “Gangnam Style has 2,227,650 likes and 96,838 dislikes. The video has been viewed 227,450,628 times and currently sits at the top for the YouTube 100 for this week. It sits just beyond YouTube’s top 30 most-viewed videos (across all categories) of all time.
“Having been the ‘Have you seen this?!’ video of the last two months across the web, it’s great to be able to award a record for this tremendously popular video. In years past it was unthinkable that something would be viewed a million times, and now “Gangnam Style” has achieved more than twice this figure in just 3 months on YouTube,” said GWR’s Dan Barrett.
I’m sure that if you tallied up all of the views from all of the videos based on “Gangnam Style” (remixes, parodies, mashups, etc.), we’d be flirting with close to a billion Gangnam-related views. It has truly become a cultural phenomenon.