Gangnam Style Hits 100 Million Views Faster Than Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’

By Megan O'Neill 

Sometime late last night or early this morning, Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style,’ the wildly successful South Korean K-Pop video that has the word doing the “invisible horse” dance, racked up its 100 millionth view.  The video was uploaded to YouTube on July 15, meaning it took only about 51 days to hit the 100 million view mark.

Back in March, when KONY 2012 did the unthinkable and hit 100 million views in 6 days, Visible Measures released a chart of the top-performing videos of all time ranked according to how long it took them to reach 100 million views.

Gangnam Style is the most-viral video since KONY 2012, so it looks like it would fit on the Visible Measures list right above Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby,’ which hit 100 million views in 56 days.  Gangnam Style was outdone only by Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent and, of course, KONY 2012.

Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, is riding the wave of the popularity of his video on YouTube video.  He was in the US a couple of weeks ago discussing his future options and, according to Yonhap news, Psy is heading back to the US tomorrow for talks with none other than Justin Bieber’s management agency.

Psy said of his success on YouTube, “I experience all these for the first time.  I feel like reaching my peak for the first time in 11 years after debuting.  Now I have a mixed feeling that I want to use this chance to enhance the prestige of South Korea and that I should not attempt to much.”

Check out the viral hit video below and, if you’re in the mood for more Gangnam Style, check out our list of 15 parodies, mashups and covers.  Oppa Gangnam Style!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.