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What knocked ‘Gangnam Style’ from YouTube’s most-watched spot?


Singer Charlie Puth and rapper (singer, himself?) Wiz Khalifa might need to re-title their hit song “See You Again” as “See You Again…And Again…And, Yet, Again.”

That’s because Puth and Khalifa’s video for “See You Again” has been seen 2.896 billion times on YouTube, making it the most-watched video in YouTube’s history. The victory of “See You Again” is also significant because it unseats Korean sensation Psy’s monster hit of 2012, “Gangnam Style,” which now sits in second place, with 2.894 billion views.

Yes, that’s right. “Gangnam Style” had been the most-watched video on YouTube for five years.

It took “See You Again” about two years to reach the No. 1 spot on YouTube. The song was featured over the closing credits of the 2015 movie “Furious 7,” starring actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The movie, and video, are seen as tributes to Walker, who died in a car accident before completing “Furious 7,” the latest in “The Fast and the Furious” film series.

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However…”See You Again” better keep getting the clicks, because it already has some new competition burning up the charts: Luis Fonsi’s hit “Despacito,” which has racked up 2.5 billion views in the six months since its release and is in fifth place on the YouTube video list. Maybe Fonsi can attribute some of his video’s success to a remix of the song that features the one and only Justin Bieber?

Oh yeah, Bieber is sitting at No. 3 on YouTube’s all-time most-watched video list with his song “Sorry,” and its 2.48 billion views. Well, I’ll say, “Sorry” here, because none of those songs can hold a candle to the awesomely hook-filled classic that is “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and which is in the No. 4 spot with 2.55 billion views.

But, to put “See You Again’s” accomplishment into a little more perspective, if you were to try to watch that video 2.896 billion times consecutively, it would take you approximately 21,759 years. Start the counter…

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Photo: In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Charlie Puth, left, and Wiz Khalifa perform at the Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum in Inglewood. The pair’s video for “See You Again” is now the most-watched video ever on YouTube, with more than 2.896 billion views as of Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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