The “Baby Shark Dance” video, adored by children and detested by parents, is the first video to reach 10 billion views on YouTube, according to PCMag.
Two child actors play the Baby, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa Shark (doo doo doo doo doo doo).
The children’s song, created by South Korean education company Pinkfong and performed by Korean-American singer Hope Segoine, was released in 2016 and was instantly a viral hit in Asia, per CNN.
But Americans didn’t get wind of this song until 2019. Since then, it has been a part of a Nickelodeon TV show, cereal and a live show. It even made it to Billboard’s top 40. It also inspired the Jamie Tartt chant on Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso.” The Washington National fans were also obsessed with the song.
Pinkfong took to social media to celebrate this milestone.
- “Today we mark history with our special milestone! ‘Baby Shark Dance’ became the first video in history to hit 10 billion views on YouTube!” they wrote on Twitter.
In 2019, after the clip went viral, Pinkfong’s U.S. CEO Bin Jeong said that he didn’t expect the song to take off like it did, adding, “the ones that make it, make it on their own,” per CNN.