PSY’s Five Guinness World Records
PSY is globally recognized as the Korean artist behind “Gangnam Style,” which has the stats to be considered the hit of the century so far. However, his bragging rights extend far beyond cementing that horse-riding dance as a staple dance move at parties around the world. The man also holds 5 Guinness World Records, and we couldn’t resist discovering the details behind each and every one of them.
1. Most "Liked" Video on YouTube
Back in September 2012, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” became the most adored video on YouTube only three months after its release, with 2,141,758 likes. Now, the video boasts over 7.6 million likes. It goes to show how much people around the world love the combination of party music and an original dance move that anyone can learn—as long as you don’t mind looking a little bonkers.Upon acceptance, PSY admitted that “this is the first certificate I’ve ever had...I didn’t get one at school.” Trust us, PSY, a Guinness World Record certificate is a lot better than anything they hand out in public school these days.
2. Most Viewed Video Online
“Most ‘Liked’ YouTube Video” was only the beginning of the song’s rise to YouTube domination. One month later, in November, PSY was awarded another Guinness World Record when “Gangnam Style” became the most-viewed video online. To put it in perspective: One tenth of the world’s population had viewed the music video, and the numbers were hardly slowing down. Fast forward to June 2013, and over 1.6 billion people have jammed at least once to “Gangnam Style.”At the time, the video was getting 7 to 10 million views per day, as recorded by the YouTube Trends blog. It was stunning to everyone, including the trend bloggers themselves: “It’s been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. [...] The velocity of popularity for PSY’s outlandish video is unprecedented.”
3. First YouTube Video To Reach 1 Billion Views
159 days after it was first released, the “Gangnam Style” video completed its YouTube trifecta by reaching 1 billion views. That is equivalent to 8,017 years of total viewing time, or around 119 human lifetimes, according to the Guinness World Record log. It also means that the video averaged more than 6 million views a day.Before we all feel too terrible about our own accomplishments, it should be noted that this wasn’t PSY’s first attempt to strike gold. “Gangnam Style” was a single off of his sixth studio album and his debut album, PSY from PSYcho World! was recorded 11 years ago. Viral video practice makes perfect!
4. Most Viewed Video Online Within 24 Hours of Release
For the much anticipated follow-up to “Gangnam Style,” PSY stuck with his proven elements of music video construction, including a chaotic mix of locations, an easy-to-follow dance move for the chorus, and one recognizable English phrase. But for “Gentleman,” he also pulled out his drop-crotch pants, which is probably at least 20% of the reason why he scored his next Guinness World Record.
Within a day of the “Gentleman” video release, it had amassed 38,409,306 views. Four days later, it had skyrocketed to over 100 million views. It took “Gangnam Style” almost two months to reach the same mark. It’s quickly closing in on a half a billion views now, with 410 million hits so far.
5. Largest Mass Horse-Riding Dance
For Psy’s latest record-breaking moment, he went offline and reached out to his fans to record the largest mass of people in history performing the horse-riding dance from “Gangnam Style.” The free concert was held at Seoul City Hall and attracted over 100,000 of his die-hard fans.