With over 7 billion views, ‘Baby Shark Dance’ is most-watched YouTube video

A catchy and addictive melody, clubbed with a colourful video, has made this South Korean song a global sensation

A screen grab from "Baby Shark Dance" on YouTube

“Baby Shark Dance,” a sing-and-dance video for the megahit children’s song of the same name, has become the most-watched video on YouTube, the song’s creator said Monday.

The relentlessly repetitive children’s song has had more than seven billion plays since it was first uploaded on YouTube in June 2016.

“Baby Shark Dance” clocked up over seven billion views on YouTube at around 0400 GMT on Monday, getting ahead of “Despacito” as the most-watched video on the platform.


The highly-infectious children’s song is a remix of an American campfire song by the Seoul-based production company Pinkfong.

Earlier, the song made it to the global music charts, reaching the number 32 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2019. The makers of the song attribute its success to its consistent success on YouTube.

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Not just the kids, “Baby Shark Dance” has many averred adult fans as well. For one, the Washington Nationals baseball team took it up as an anthem and went on to win the World Series last year, prompting the White House to play the tune during the celebrations.

One US town played the song on a loop, while another, Florida’s West Palm Beach, used the melody to try to discourage homeless people from congregating in a public area.

“Baby Shark Dance”, song has also been pressed into anti-pandemic service, with a coronavirus-themed version, “Wash Your Hands”, teaching children the importance of personal hygiene.

This isn’t the first Korean song to go big on YouTube. Two of the last four tracks to hold the most-played record on YouTube are South Korean — rapper Psy’s megahit “Gangnam Style” held the title for more than three years until it was dethroned by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”.