It’s the song that drives kids and parents crazy, albeit for different reasons.
“Baby Shark Dance” became the first YouTube video to receive 10 billion views!
The catchy song by Pinkfong (Republic of Korea) was first uploaded in 2016, becoming the most-watched children’s music video on youtube, before overtaking Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” in 2020 as most viewed music video on youtube and the most watched video on youtube globally.
The song “Baby Shark” is probably originally a campfire song, dating back to at least the 20th century.
During the chant, the campers used their arms to mimic the different shapes and sizes of the jaws of Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark and Grandpa Shark.
While Pinkfong’s version has sharks hunt and then run away, other versions of the song involve eating sailors and other humans.
Sung by then 10-year-old Hope Segoine, it peaked at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 38 on the Global 200.
However, the YouTube video became a viral sensation in Indonesia and South Korea, quickly spreading to the rest of Asia and beyond in 2017.
The dance craze’s popularity was taken to even higher levels after it was performed by Guinness World Records title holders BLACKPINK.
In February 2021, “Baby Shark” had more views than the entire human population of Earth, becoming the first YouTube video to do so. If its 10 billion views were played consecutively, it would last 41,095 years.
Despite being overtaken as the most-watched video, “Despacito” is still the most liked video on youtube with 47 million likes in January 2022, compared to 33 million for “Baby Shark”.
“Despacito” also holds the record for being the first YouTube video to receive 5 billion views.
We started monitoring the most viewed video on youtube in 2010, when it was awarded to Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which racked up 425 million views by the end of that year.
In 2012, South Korean singer PSY took Bieber’s record, achieving stardom with “Gangnam Style,” which also became the first video to receive a billion views on YouTube.
In 2017, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth had a brief stint as most watched video on youtube, before being dethroned by “Despacito” a month later.
From “Baby” to “Baby Shark”, all of these songs will go down in history as mainstays of 21st century pop culture.
“YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls the Rewind” remains the the most “hated” video on YouTube, despite the recent removal of publicly visible dislikes.
It featured, among other things, a colorful recreation of the “Baby Shark” video, which happens to be the second most “hated” video on YouTube, with over 14 million thumbs down.
That’s a lot of unhappy parents!
“Baby Shark” united children around the world in their love for the song and also united parents in their hatred for it. With more than twice as many likes as dislikes on her YouTube video and a new Guinness World Records title to her name, it looks like the kids are winning.
Header image credit: Pinkfong/YouTube