‘Baby Shark Dance’ sets new Guinness World Records title for most viewed YouTube video

Published November 5, 2020, 10:41 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The catchy “Baby Shark Dance” has set a new Guinness World Records title as the most viewed video on YouTube.

“The children’s rhyme, created by Pinkfong (Republic of Korea) and initially uploaded to YouTube on the 17 June 2016, has garnered an incredible 7,042,967,886 views as of 2 November 2020,” Guinness World Records stated. It edged out “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which also had more than 7 billion views on YouTube.

According to Guinness, “Pinkfong’s ‘Baby Shark Dance’ has officially overtaken Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ as the most viewed music video on YouTube and the most viewed video on YouTube overall.”

However, YouTube has not classified “Baby Shark Dance” as a music video and it is not listed on YouTube’s top 10 “All-Time Most Viewed Music Videos.”

As of Nov. 3, “Despacito” is still the No. 1 most viewed music video on YouTube of all time with 7 billion views and the third all-time fastest music video to reach one billion views with a record of 97 days, according to YouTube.

“‘Baby Shark’ swims to the top of YouTube, officially becoming the No. 1 most-viewed YouTube video in history, with 7.04 billion YouTube views! Thanks for all your love and support, everyone!” Pinkfong announced on Instagram.

It was uploaded as part of Pinkfong’s “educational songs and stories for preschool kids created by experts in children’s education.” The song debuted at No. 32 on Billboard Hot 100 in January 2019 .

As of writing, “Baby Shark Dance,” sung by Korean-American Hope Segoine, had 7.067 billion views against 7.042 billion views for “Despacito.”

In addition, Guinness World Records said the “Baby Shark Dance” video “has also broken the record title for the most viewed children’s music video on YouTube.”

Here are the top 10 All-Time Most Viewed Music Videos on YouTube:

  1. Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee” – 7 billion views
  2. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” – 5 billion
  3. Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again ft. Charlie Puth” – 4.7 billion
  4. Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars” – 3.9 billion
  5. PSY’s “Gangnam Style” – 3.8 billion
  6. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” – 3.3 billion
  7. Maroon 5’s “Sugar” – 3.3 billion
  8. Katy Perry’s “Roar” – 3.2 billion
  9. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” – 3.1 billion
  10. OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” – 3 billion