After ruling the YouTube charts for almost five years, PSY's recording-breaking massive number Gangnam Style has been dethroned by another music video - Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's See You Again. Gangnam Style was the most watched YouTube video with 2,895,978,766 views. The South Korean pop song is the first to surpass YouTube's the maximum possible number of views and forcing the company to rewrite its code.
Now, PSY has been dethroned by a heart-wrenching ballad See You Again with 2,901,672,546 views. The song is a part of the recent action thriller Furious 7. It was playing during the closing credits as a tribute to the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the film was completed. One of the best-selling albums across the globe in 2015, the song received the 'best song' nominations at both the Grammys and the Oscars.
The song became an emotional connect for many as it also featured Paul's brother Cody Walker (filling in for him) driving alongside Vin Diesel before they take onto the separate roads. During the launch of the song, Los Angeles Times reported, "The song went through an extensive note-giving and production process — there's a Middle Eastern flavoured sample and other flourishes—and months went by, as beats were added, dropped, and added again, all atop Puth's simple melody. By the end, Knobloch and his team had a song they liked, and director James Wan and producer Neal Moritz had threaded "See You Again" around and through the poignant final scene."
Here are some fan's reactions:
Eagles43v3r Gaming - "like this is the 2.9 billion views really were "for Paul"
ShadowNinja 2.0 - "This song has just become the most viewed on YouTube! #First! #Deserved! #Respect!"
Liliana Murillo - "Paul's not dead he is just waiting for us at the finish line"
Yan Evans - "the most viewed on the world! #respect#rippaul"
Sylvia Rof - "#1 most viewed video on YouTube! Not even surprised! We gotta take it up to 3 billion views! We can do it!!!"