Gangnam breaks the YouTube limit

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G2You’d be unlikely to win any prizes for guessing which act broke the record for YouTube hits. Yes, of course, it was Psy’s Gangnam Style!

The video broke, no, smashed the record for YouTube hits, pulling in over 2 billion views, well 2,147,483,647 (if you’re counting). Unfortunately this quickly reached the upper limit imposed by YouTube, who, as a result, increased their limit to, wait for it, ….9,223,372,036,854,775,808!

Gangnam Style became a worldwide hit when it was released in 2012, largely due to their almost irresistible video.

YouTube said: “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer… but that was before we met Psy.”

The rapper PSY is the first ever South Korean singer to have a UK hit but was not as lucky with his follow-up song number, which, by comparison, had a modest number of downloads.

The second most-watched video on YouTube – Baby by Justin Bieber – has attracted a ‘mere’ 1.1 billion hits.


Freya, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

5 Responses to Gangnam breaks the YouTube limit

  1. admin February 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Ahhh, I’d nearly forgotten him, Freya – but your article forced me to have a look at his video again! (I’ve now just upped the hits to 2,232,138,326.)

    YJA Senior Editor

  2. Eleanor February 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Brilliant article Freya! PSY is awesome!

    Eleanor- Year 7

  3. Emily February 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Fantastic article Freya! Go PSY!!

  4. Hannah February 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Wow! I had to re-watch that video again, but to me I think that song is quite annoying and catchy (I’m, not a fan!). But 2 billion hits, wow! I love this article Frey, and now I see why you wouldn’t show me it until the last minute! Well done! x

  5. Reanna February 15, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Well done Freya you have done a brilliant job!! I am not really a big fan of PSY’s Gangnam Style but I have to give it to him he has done a fab job to get so many viewers!!!!! x