The year 2020 could pass for a fever dream at this point. Dethroning every DJ’s favourite “Despacito”, “Baby Shark” is now the most-watched video on YouTube. Caught yourself humming the “doo doo doo doo doo”? Cause, same!
Baby Shark becomes most viewed YouTube video ever, beating Despacito https://t.co/i00MG1uiLY
— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) November 2, 2020
Produced by the South Korean educational company Pinkfong, “Baby Shark” has garnered over seven billion views since its release in June 2016. The ultra-catchy, repetitive, and cute (depending on who you ask) children's song became a viral sensation worldwide after its release, even making its way to global music charts. In January 2019, the addictive tune ranked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and bagged a #6 spot in the UK singles chart.
The colourful video featuring baby sharks underwater as children sing the unforgettable “Baby Shark doo doo doo doo doo” is actually a remix of an American campfire song.
Interestingly, the song is not just a hit among its young listeners – the tune picked up some adult fans as it raked global attention. Last year, the Washington Nationals baseball team picked “Baby Shark” as their anthem. The song was played in the White House when the team went on to win the World Series.
“Baby Shark” isn’t just a song, it’s an emotion.
Hahaha ... My grandchildren loved this song so much & would sing it to me endlessly, we had great fun with it ... So this makes me laugh! ... Baby Shark becomes most viewed YouTube video ever, beating Despacito https://t.co/y2jzzxrLLf
— Anita Govan (@anitagovan) November 2, 2020
— Daniela Gabor (@DanielaGabor) November 2, 2020
Nothing makes me happier than hearing news k Baby Shark has actually beaten Despacito, becoming the most viewed video ever. Yo We're living in a cool world. Who else sing baby shark so randomly in life. Cause yeah same !
— Roheena (@RoheenaMurad) November 2, 2020
Effortlessly outsold all your faves.
To think that Baby Shark outsold all your favorites. Yhu.
— Teviana Grande 💋 (@TeviePit) November 2, 2020
In fact, amid the global health crisis, the song has also been in anti-pandemic service with a coronavirus-themed version, “Wash Your Hands”, to teach children the importance of personal hygiene.
Okay 2020, we’ve seen it all now.