"Baby Shark" Surpasses "Despacito" as Most-Viewed YouTube Video of All-Time

After “Despacito” held onto the crown of the most-viewed YouTube video ever for more than three years, “Baby Shark” has overtaken the Luis Fonsi song.

Baby Shark Toy from PinkFong on at 2020 Toy Fair New York City.

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Baby Shark Toy from PinkFong on at 2020 Toy Fair New York City.

There's a new YouTube king and it's Baby Shark. 

Varietyreports "Baby Shark Dance" has dethroned "Despacito" as the most-viewed YouTube video ever with a total of more than 7.047 billion.  

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The music video for the Daddy Yankee-assisted smash song from Luis Fonsi took the crown in August 2017 and held onto it for over three years. Even though "Baby Shark" was released in 2015, it took three years for the irritatingly infectious song to take hold in the United States. Variety notes that Pingfong, the label behind the song, coincidentally released a rendition featuring Luis Fonsi in July, which has already garnered more than 106 million views. 

The popularity of “Baby Shark” has led to the launch of toys, games, books, and more. But that was only the tip of the iceberg. In June, Nickelodeon announced that an animated series titled Baby Shark’s Big Show! is in the works. 

Rounding out the top five is Ed Sheeran’s music video for "Shape of You" with just over 5 billion views, followed by the Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth collab "See You Again" at nearly 4.8 billion views, and "Masha and The Bear - Recipe for disaster," which has 4.36 billion views. 

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