10 years ago, there were no YouTube videos with a billion views. Now, 317 music videos have reached that mark.

It’s time to mimic a galloping horse ride, because ‘Gangnam Style‘ just turned ten.

Psych, which played an important role in the global expansion of K-pop, hit YouTube on July 15, 2012. In November of the same year, “Gangnam Style” became the most viewed video. of all time on YouTube. . A few weeks later, it became the first video to cross the billion-view threshold.

Ten years later, “Gangnam Style” is no longer the most watched music video on YouTube. This crown was passed to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in 2017. Many artists other than Psy have now seen their music videos surpass ten-figure viewership, and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of “Gangnam Style”, YouTube has shared data on what he called the “Billion Views Club”.

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At the time of this article, there are 317 music videos with at least a billion views on YouTube. ‘Gangnam Style’ was the first music video to join the club, and the newest addition is from Coolio’sgangster paradise.’ The Compton-born rapper was one of several artists who provided a statement to YouTube as part of coverage by the Billion Views Club platform. “Who knew when the door to Gangsta’s Paradise opens, we’ll be here 1 BILLION VIEWS later,” Coolio said. “Stay with me, the journey has only just begun.”

Billion Views Club members are a varied bunch. There are good songs (Cardi B’s ‘I like it‘), bad songs (‘Rude‘ by Magic), and eerie songs fueled by their memorable nature (Say Hell to the incomparable ‘Dame Tu Cosita’). There is a music video released in the 70s that joined the Club (is it the real life?) And some 2020s bops in the band as well (like this one by Karl G).

Here, through a YouTube blog post are some other fun trivia related to the Billion Views Club:

  • The fastest a video has ever gone from zero views to a billion is 88 days. Adele’s “Hello” accomplished that feat in 2016.
  • J Balvin and justin bieber tied for the most Billion Views Club videos, with 11 each.
  • The first music video from the 80s to get its billionth view on YouTube (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”) and the first music video from the 90s to reach that level (“November Rain”) are both Guns N’ Roses tracks.
  • 50 cents ‘In the club‘ is in the Club.

YouTube has also implemented this visual representation of the Billion Views Club:

317 is a stunning total, and it doesn’t even include family-oriented clips like ‘baby shark.’ Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable for so many videos to get so many views. Again, no one would have expected so much success from a video featuring this guyso in retrospect, YouTube is full of surprises.

Shirley K. Rosa