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Gangnam Style Becomes First YouTube Video to Break 1 Billion Views

by Sean P. Aune | December 21, 2012December 21, 2012 8:30 am PST

Gangnam Style - 1 Billion Views

Gangnam Style, the infectious dance tune from Korean rapper Psy, has become the first video to break the 1 billion views mark on YouTube.

Mikko Hypponen of Finland was able to capture the momentous view count at the exact correct moment, and our own check of the YouTube not only confirms this, but now has a little animated Psy doing the dance next to the count. Seeing as the video has been up 160 days – give or take a few hours – that works out to 6.25 million views a day, 260,416 an hour, 4,340 a minute and 72 a second.

In other words: A ton of people singing a long to a Korean pop song.

Congratulations to Psy, and for those of you who want to help him get to 2 billion, here’s the video for you.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...