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Baby Shark Is Officially The Most-Watched YouTube Video Of All Time

by : Julia Banim on : 02 Nov 2020 16:57
Baby Shark Is Officially The Most-Watched YouTube Video Of All TimeBaby Shark Is Officially The Most-Watched YouTube Video Of All TimePinkfong!

In news that will no doubt haunt the dreams of parents everywhere, Baby Shark is now officially the most-watched YouTube video of all time.

The cheerful cartoon predator has swam ahead of Luis Fonsi’s extraordinarily catchy Despacito vid, the former record holder, and has been watched a startling 7.04 billion times.

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At the time of writing, Baby Shark and his toothy relatives have yet to remark upon their phenomenal success, or put forward their thoughts about why exactly a generation of youngsters have fallen so in love with the video’s retina-searing colours and fearsomely repetitive lyrics.

If the video isn’t yet burned into your memory for all eternity, you can remind yourself of it below:

The song itself – which I’m surprised to learn is just one minute and 21 seconds in length – introduces us to Baby Shark and the rest of the three-generation Shark family, before encouraging us to swim away from them.

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However, time and again, fans appear to be swimming back to this video, which BBC News reports would have been streamed continuously for 30,187 years if played back-to-back. A harrowing prospect if ever there was one.

The origins of the song remain unclear, however it arose as a global phenomenon after it was recorded by 10-year-old Korean-American singer Hope Segoine and produced by educational company Pinkfong.

A viral sensation, it’s believed Pinkfong has raked in an approximate $5.2 million (£4million) from YouTube streams alone since the vid was first uploaded to YouTube back in 2015.

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This is Baby Shark’s ocean, we just swim in it.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Viral, Now, YouTube

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    Baby Shark becomes YouTube's most-watched video of all time