The wildly infectious and relentlessly repetitive children’s track “baby Shark” became the most-watched YouTube video on Monday, with greater than seven billion performs.
The bane of oldsters and lecturers worldwide, the South Korea-produced track has gone from the realm of children’s YouTube to a world viral sensation, with a catchy and addictive melody buoyed by a hypnotically vibrant video.
“Child Shark Dance”, the English-language model of the track, clocked up over seven billion views on YouTube at around 0400 GMT on Monday, dethroning Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” as the most-watched video on the platform.
The ever-present children’s track and earworm, first uploaded to YouTube in June 2016, is a remix of an American campfire track by the Seoul-based manufacturing firm Pinkfong.
Its YouTube success paved its route into the worldwide music charts, reaching the quantity 32 spot on the Billboard Sizzling 100 in January 2019.
It has picked up loads of grownup followers alongside its option to world viral fame: the Washington Nationals baseball crew took it up as an anthem and went on to win the World Collection final yr, prompting the White Home to play the tune throughout the celebrations.
One US city performed the track on a loop, whereas one other, Florida’s West Palm Seaside, used the melody to attempt to discourage homeless folks from congregating in a public space.
It has additionally been pressed into anti-pandemic service, with a coronavirus-themed model, “Wash Your Fingers”, instructing youngsters on the significance of non-public hygiene.
Two of the final 4 tracks to carry the most-played document on YouTube are South Korean — rapper Psy’s megahit “Gangnam Type” held the title for greater than three years till it was dethroned by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”.