Earlier this month, “Despacito” proved to be not only the song of the summer, but also made history as the most streamed song ever.
Now, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song featuring Justin Bieber has set another record as the most-viewed YouTube video of all time — and the first video to ever reach 3 billion views.
On Friday afternoon, “Despacito” hit the 3,000,000,000 mark, easily surpassing the number of views held by previous record-holder, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” (which has racked up 2,993,712,651 views) — which, in July, snatched the crown from PSY, whose “Gangnam Style” held the title of YouTube’s most-watched video for five years.
Meanwhile, Universal Music Latin Entertainment reported that after just six months the song has notched 4.6 billion streams across all streaming platforms. This also means Bieber has helped break his own record; “Despacito” replaces Bieber’s “Sorry”, which previously held the title.
“I don’t want to use the word accident because I was trying to write a hit, but I didn’t plan for it to cross over. I just wanted to make people dance,” Fonsi said about the surprise success of the song.
Fonsi also said the song is important right now because of the current political climate. The song has brought everyone together and that’s what matters.
“I come from Puerto Rico and I live in Miami. We’re living in an interesting time right now when people want to divide us. They want to build walls. And for a song to bring people and cultures together, that’s what makes me proud,” he said.
Here are the other records the song broke: most views in 24 hours by a Spanish-language music video, the fastest Spanish-language video to earn 200 million views and the fastest music video ever to reach 2 billion views.
Now spending 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song is No. 1.