Even though PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has jumped the shark with Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson’s cringe-worthy performance, it seems that the campy, horse-playing K-pop hit has something positive to celebrate. It finally beat out Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer anthem “Call Me Maybe” and has reached more than 1.2 billion views and counting, according to the website Visible Measures.
While the original video has amassed 438 million views on YouTube since it was posted last July, Visible Measures also tracked 600+ related videos. These aren’t just actual copies of the music video; these also include parodies, mashups, live performances, reactions and anything remotely discussing PSY’s viral hit. Visible Measured said that most of the “Gangnam Style” views — 800 million — come from user-generated content.
YouTube Trends recently compared “Gangnam Style” to “Call Me Maybe” and found that while Jepsen’s song steadily become viral since its posting in March with more than 1.5 million views per day, “Gangnam Style’s” viral growth was explosive, with an average of over 6 million views per day within only a couple of months after its release. While YouTube Trends states that “Call Me Maybe” has largely been a North American phenomenon, NPR reported recently that “Gangnam Style’s” viral success could be attributed Korea’s ongoing push to export its music in the same way it exports vehicles.
With “Gangnam Style” reaching this very important milestone, it looks like it hasn’t died just yet. These numbers have already cemented the video as one of the most viral videos ever.
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