YouTube has a brand new number-one video of all time: the music video for “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. You can add to its total by watching it above. As of this writing, the clip has been viewed 2.897 billion times, inching it past the previous record-holder, “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop star Psy, which currently has 2.895 billion views.
“It’s been a long day without you, my friend / And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again,” sings Puth in the chorus of the song, which was featured on the soundtrack for the blockbuster action film “Furious 7.” It was a tribute to Paul Walker, who died suddenly in a car accident before he could finish production on the film. The emotional song struck a chord with viewers, spending 12 weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and earning three Grammy nominations in 2016: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Visual Media Song.
Almost all of the top-10 most watched YouTube videos are music videos. Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” ranks third at the moment (2.636 billion), followed by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk” in fourth (2.551 billion) and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s original version of “Despacito” in fifth (2.488 billion) — the “Despacito” remix featuring Bieber is currently number-one on the Billboard charts. The only top-10 video that isn’t a music video is the Russian animated short “Masha and the Bear: Recipe for Disaster,” which places sixth (2.311 billion).
Do you think Psy will soon reclaim the number-one spot? Could “Despacito,” the newest video in the top 10, quickly climb to the top powered by the current popularity of its remix?