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Most watched music video ever — Gangnam Style

Most watched music video ever — Gangnam Style

Even more than Rebecca Black’s Friday and Anne’s Chick-fil-A guys.

PSY’s Gangnam Style becomes most watched YouTube video of all time with 805 million views:

South Korean rapper PSY’s Gangnam Style has become YouTube’s most viewed video of all time.

YouTube said in a posting on its Trends blog that Gangnam Style had been viewed 805 million times as of yesterday afternoon, surpassing Justin Bieber’s Baby, which has had 803 million views.

The blog says the “velocity of popularity for PSY’s outlandish video is unprecedented”. PSY’s video featuring his horse-riding dance was posted on YouTube in July, while Baby was uploaded in February 2010.

PSY’s video has become a global sensation, with many people around the world mimicking his Gangnam Style dance.

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K-pop is on fire in Asia right now. Japan was the pop-culture power for decades, but South Korea rules right now. Their soap operas are better right now, too.

The song I can’t get out of my head lately, “Poison,” by Secret.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP56DuUpKBE

Another great song: “Danger (Pinnochio” by f(x):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKS12iGFyEA

    Oh yes! Love their soap operas, movies, TV programs and music.

    I definitely enjoy watching K-Dramas more than American entertainment. A lot of the material over here is circling the drain.

      LukeHandCool in reply to GoldenAh. | November 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      GoldenAh,

      Have you seen “Lovers in Paris”?

      Terrible title, but I’ve never enjoyed anything I’ve seen on TV like it. It broke all kinds of viewing records in South Korea.

      When my wife bought the DVDs (20 1-hour episodes), I thought she was crazy. She urged me to watch it.

      By the time they leave Paris and are back in South Korea (the 4th episode, I believe) I was completely hooked. I watched the 15 or so remaining hours within the week. I lent it to a Filipino guy at work who watches Filipino soap operas and who is a big TV and movie buff, and he watched the 20 hours in just two days! He put the fan in fanatic.

      Highly recommended!

Before I saw this video couple weeks ago, was watching something on TV which had catchy tune… so my funny husband start dancing the horse (?) dance with his hands crossed like in the video… “gangnam style…” he says.

Since I had never seen this, I gave him my standard bemused what-ARE-you-on-about? piercing look and I replied “what are you doing?!…”

“You know gangNAM style!…” and he continues his (mock worthy) dance moves…

Then he finds the video on youtube and shows me… OH… I get it…

Its a catchy tune – have heard it few times since: at a 32 yr old Indian friend’s birthday party. She had invited about 100 people to a restaurant, gave a speech before we all had our sit down dinner – then proceeded to have a couple girlfriends and kids join her by the podium and the gangnam style music started playing and they all did a little choreographed dance…

Next I heard it was as intro music on NewsTalkZB radio station between commercial and host coming back on air…

So its definitely getting around here in NZ.

Catchy tunes are just that – catchy!

cheers Professer and readers from a long time fan of this site… As we fight the rise of leftism across the world, sometimes we NEED to dance, smile and enjoy life, too…

Lisa G in NZ aka SaucyUSA

great. someone finally got me to watch it.
thanks Prof.
life is short, I could have used that 4 min to do something productive.
HA I keeed.

    GrumpyOne in reply to dmacleo. | November 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Agreed.

    Call me square but for me to enjoy any form of music, it had better have some melody.

    Classical upbringing I guess…

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to GrumpyOne. | November 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Same here. The dancing was fun to watch for a couple minutes, but I’ve seen better. The music was annoying – way too frenetic. Nice costuming, though.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to dmacleo. | November 26, 2012 at 12:04 am

    You made it through the whole 4 minutes? Not I. Not even close. Not even 1 minute. Sounded like an electronic train wreck.

Trapped in Davis | November 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Sadly I saw the College Humor spoof “Mitt Romney Style” before I saw this. I enjoy this better.

Of course, the whole zombie thing has infected S. Korea, too.

“Lovey Dovey Zombie,” by T-ara.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcUoFqGNW0E

Hey, Professor, how about a K-pop video of the day music week?

Or, as the undergrad Asian part-timers at work going out to eat jokingly replied to me when they asked me if they could bring me back some Thai food and I told them I didn’t really like Thai food … “What are you, racist or somethin’?”

Insufficiently Sensitive | November 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Bah, humbug.

PJ O’Rourke once called Asia the land that rhythm forget. I’m not quite ready to throw that gem away based on one video.

At least I now know what it is I wont watch again.

legalizehazing | November 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

My Korean friend says the whole meaning behind Gangnam is that Gangnam was impoverished and is now one of the wealthiest parts of Seoul.

Don’t know if there’s any truth to that or not but I like the idea

Ah! Another video with a catchy tune and a little debauchery.I have to admit it’s better than murder in the arena and for a slightly less barbaric take on that we can go to TV shows. Let’s keep that downward slide going.

    IceColdTroll in reply to Benson II. | November 26, 2012 at 1:54 am

    This is better than the last five years of Top Models, Top Designers, Toddler’s Tiaras, and Cupcake Showdowns put together.

I so prefer this one. 🙂

Change the word debauchery to lewdness.

The Chubby Checker of Korea?

I remember, as a young and tender pre-teen in 1960, being terminally embarrassed when my parents had a party and all the neighborhood moms and dads were dancing the twist.

NBC Olympic Style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uh8i9joqVE

Best parody so far.

Check out the jolly good parody “Eton Style”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtZkVRkusQ

My zumba class teacher is using this for one of our exercise songs. It always puts a smile on my face.

A translation for the linquistically curious is here:

http://koreanwavetimes.blogspot.com/2012/08/psy-gangnam-style-lyrics-translation-in.html

God I love this! Only second time watching it. Catchy tune, very funny, almost self-parodying humor, and sexy Oriental girls. What more could ya want?!?

PS — yes, my understanding is that is poking fun at the “nouveau-riche” of the Gangnam district of Seoul.

PPS — if you want a REALLY useless waste of time to a catchy tune, search up “Nyan-Cat.”
Aw heck, here it is: http://nyan.cat/original.php

Oh, and if you question the power of Nyan Cat:
http://youtu.be/EK-oJJaMjoM

MIT version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJtHNEDnrnY

That NBC parody is great.

Isn’t this guy is very anti-American?

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-853509

I’m just glad Psy was on a Western toilet instead of a squatter @3:15…

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