“Baby Shark” is the first YouTube video to reach 10 billion views

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“Baby Shark,” the inescapable hit loved by kids and often feared by their parents, has reached a new milestone – 10 billion views on YouTube.

Not only is it the most viewed video on the platform, a record set in November 2020, but it is now the only video on the site to reach the 10 billion views mark, YouTube confirmed to CNN.

The children’s song, devised by South Korean educational company Pinkfong and performed by Korean-American singer Hope Segoine, debuted in 2016 and was a viral hit in Asia, but only solidified in the collective consciousness around the world in 2019.

In the United States, the hit was turned into a Nickelodeon TV show, a cereal, a live show, and the Washington Nationals’ rallying cry throughout their World Series-winning season.

“Baby Shark” reached the Billboard Top 40 at one point and inspired Jamie Tartt’s singing on the Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso.”

YouTube’s most-watched video shows two children demonstrating the “Baby Shark dance” as the animated shark and its family – including a mustachioed “Grandpa Shark” – swim serenely and then attempt to hunt the children. They fail, though, and the kids celebrate their safety as the sharks watch from afar.

Its success was somewhat accidental: in 2019, Pinkfong US CEO Bin Jeong told CNN that the company didn’t expect the clip to take off the way it did, saying, “Those who make it, make it their own.”

To celebrate the latest milestone, Pinkfong invited children from around the world to share their “Baby Shark Dance moments” with the company.

This content was originally created in English.

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Reference: CNN Brasil

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