‘Baby Shark’ Becomes Most-Watched Video on YouTube, Surpasses 10 Billion Views

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: A selection of ‘Baby Shark’ toys are displayed during the annual ‘Toy Fair’ at Olympia London on January 22, 2019 in London, England. The Toy Fair is the UK’s largest games and entertainment event and aims to showcase the most anticipated products for the coming year. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Baby Shark,” a children’s song that may already be stuck in your head, has become the most-watched video on YouTube, surpassing 10 billion views on the platform earlier this week.

The video was uploaded to YouTube in June 2016 by Pinkfong, a South Korean education company, and recorded by singer Hope Segoine.

As of March 2020, the video has already racked up more than 4.6 billion views, making it one of the top five most viewed videos on YouTube of all time, reports The Associated Press. As of November 2020, “Baby Shark” has been viewed over 7.04 billion times, making it the most viewed video on YouTube.

On January 13, “Baby Shark” became the platform’s first video to surpass 10 billion views, Pinkfong announcement. YouTube even noticed, Tweeter a link to the video and adding “ten billion views doo doo doo doo doo doo”. “Baby Shark” tops YouTube’s second most-watched video, “Despacito,” by around 3 billion views.

Other renditions of “Baby Shark” have also become popular.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pinkfong released a new rendition of the song titled “Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark.” Fans of “Ted Lasso” may have noticed how vocals for Jamie Tartt – “Jamie Tartt, doo doo doo doo doo doo” – is from “Baby Shark”. Before the song became a viral sensation, “Baby Shark” was a summer camp hit.

The song’s popularity doesn’t stop on YouTube either. It became a live show, a Nickelodeon show, boxed macaroni and cheese, and Kellogg’s cereal. In 2020, “Baby Shark” was allegedly used as torture in an Oklahoma prison where inmates say they were forced to listen to it for up to four hours at a time.