Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time. It has more than 3,005,888,101 views, it’s only been out since January. That means it took less than seven months for the video to break the standing record.
“Despacito” was first uploaded to YouTube back in mid-January, and ever since, people all around the world haven’t been able to stop pressing play on the colorful, fun-loving visual. All of those YouTube views have helped propel the song up the charts, and the track is still going strong in almost every territory. In fact, the tune remains firmly planted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week for its twelfth turn at the top.
At the start of this month, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” from Furious 7 stole the title from Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which had held the record since 2012. Khalifa got to wear the most-viewed crown for less than a month, and “See You Again” has been out since 2015. Earlier this month, “Despacito” also became the most-streamed track of all time, including YouTube streams.
“Despacito” may be the first video to ever reach three billion watches, but it won’t be the last, and it’s likely only going to be a matter of days before a second popular clip joins the Latin tune. “See You Again” is close behind, and for a little while, it looked like that Furious 7 soundtrack tune might have become the first to earn the glory, but now it will have to settle for coming in a very close second place.