YouTube demonstrates its continued strength with today’s announcement that Wiz Khalifa’s video “See You Again” (feat. Charlie Puth)” surpassed one billion views on the platform. It became the tenth video to reach that milestone, and it did it in just 184 days, making it the second fastest to hit a billion following Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which did it in just 160 days.
The success of “See You Again” is part of a bigger trend on YouTube. The billion view club has grown exponentially this this year. As of June 2014, it had just two members — Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and “Gangnam Style,” which surpassed 2 billion views that month. Over the last six months, either other additional videos have achieved that milestone — Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off,” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and “Roar,” Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando,” Megan Trainor’s “All
About That Bass,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (feat. Bruno Mars) and “See You Again.”
Below is a graph ranking the views by views, showing their trajectory over the past five years.
The average number of days it’s take for a video to reach 1 billion views is 484 days, but the three most recent to do it hit that mark in an average of 241 days. The graph below illustrates the acceleration.
More fun facts from YouTube:
- Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” became the second non-English video to cross 1 billion views. According to YouTube Music Insights, one-third of the views come from Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina alone.
- Only one of billion-view videos is for a debut single, Meghan Trainor’s 2014 hit “All About That Bass.”
- Psy became the first to hit the billion view milestone with”Gangnam Style” on Dec. 21, 2012.
- The video currently closest to hitting a billion views is One Republic’s “Counting Stars.”