Most-watched YouTube video surpasses 2 billion views

Psy performing at the Jingle Bell Ball in 2012
Psy performing at the Jingle Bell Ball in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s 2 billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible “Gangnam Style.”

The South Korean pop star’s surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views, crossing the mark around shortly before midnight EDT Friday.

The unlikely viral star holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his “Gangnam Style” followup “Gentleman.”

No other video comes close to “Gangnam” on the streaming service’s list of top videos. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is the only other billion-plus video at 1.04 billion views. Cute kid video “Charlie bit my finger – again!” is a distant third with 711 million views.

Psy has three of the top 15 videos on the site. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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