Viral video that you can found on Youtube could be so many things, really. So which one do you think that has the most view? A catchy dance,maybe. A pop star’s hit single. An adorable cat video. A blockbuster TV show trailer. All wrong! It’s the annoyingly catchy song from South Korean company Pinkfong – Baby Shark. The video has now been viewed more than 7.04 billion times, passing Luis Fonsi’s hit song, Despacito, which isn’t that far behind, topping 7.03 billion views.
By caculating, with this mount of views that “played back-to-back, Baby Shark has been streamed continuously for 30,187 years.
And if this graphic is any indication, “Baby Shark” hasn’t even come close to peaking yet:
The shark song brings huge revenue from YouTube views for sure. The BBC says the song’s recorded label has made about $5.2 million (£4 million, AU$7.3 million) from YouTube streams alone. A representative for YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment about when exactly Baby Shark swam past Despacito on the charts.
Baby Shark inspired a live concert tour and an upcoming TV show, expected to premiere in 2021.
It might be too early to say, but it seems to have a totally different trajectory than any of the big music video hits. That could be an interesting change of pace, considering how much the music industry has dominated the YouTube charts this past decade.