The music video for the No. 1 hit song “Despacito” has become the most viewed clip on YouTube of all-time.
YouTube announced Friday that Luis Fonsi’s ubiquitous song with Daddy Yankee hit nearly three billion views – 2,993,786,682 views to be exact – and surpassed previous record holder “See You Again,” the song by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack.
“Despacito” became an international smash hit this year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The record-breaking video does not include the popular remix with Justin Bieber; that version has been viewed more than 464 million times.
“Despacito” is on track to become the first video to reach three billion views on YouTube. The video is also the most “liked” video on YouTube.
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YouTube has also declared that ‘Despacito’ will be the first video to reach 3 billion views.
That’s quite an accomplishment, considering that there are roughly 7.5 billion people on this planet. And only half of those have reliable connections to the internet (much less access to YouTube).
By the way: ‘Despacito’ is also the most liked video in YouTube’s history. More than 17.2 million people gave it a thumbs up (though more than 1.5 million hated it).
But even more remarkable is that ‘Despacito’ is also the fastest video to ever reach 2 billion, 2.5 billion, or 3 billion views. In fact, YouTube has confirmed that it only took 203 days to reach the 3 billion mark. And that doesn’t even count the Justin Bieber version.
Like it or Hate it, Despacito is Most Viewed Song on YouTube. As of August 4, Luis Fonsi’s ubiquitous song with Daddy Yankee hit over 2,993,786,682 views.