Baby Shark is the most watched YouTube video in history - here’s the top 10

Four years after it was first uploaded, the super catchy children’s song Baby Shark has become the most viewed video in YouTube’s history.

The song gained a record 7.04 billion views, edging past the former record holder, Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

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Alongside its record breaking views, the Baby Shark single received RIAA Diamond certification after selling 11 million records. The recognition means the track is now one of only 41 diamond singles in history.

A global sensation

Arriving on to our screens in 2016, the song became a global phenomenon thanks to its unbelievably catchy melody and adorable lyrics.

Produced by South Korean entertainment company, Pinkfong, the song went viral in south east Asia, before doing the same in the US and Europe. In the UK charts it reached a peak position of number six, and number 32 in the US.

The one minute and 21 second long song is performed by 10 year old Korean American singer, Hope Segoine. The original writer of the song is still unknown, but the tune has long been a popular nursery rhyme.

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YouTube’s most watched videos

Baby Shark sits alongside some memorable company on YouTube’s all-time most watched list.

In December 2012, Gangnam Style became the first video to reach one billion views. By October 2015, a total of 10 videos had garnered over a billion views, with more than 100 videos now having achieved the feat.

Despacito held the title of most watched video from August 2017, becoming the first video in the website's history to reach three billion views.

Here is the top 10 list:

1 - Baby Shark Dance - 7.04 billion views2 - Despacito - 7.04 billion views3 - Shape of You - 5.05 billion views4 - See You Again - 4.79 billion views5 - Masha and the Bear - 4.36 billion views6 - Johny Johny Yes Papa - 4.14 billion views7 - Uptown Funk - 3.99 billion views8 - Gangnam Style - 3.84 billion views9 - Learning Colors - Colours Eggs on a farm - 3.6510 - Sorry - 3.36

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