'Baby Shark' just reached a huge YouTube milestone thanks to your kids

Baby Shark Pinkfong
Baby Shark Pinkfong (Image credit: Pinkfong)

What you need to know

  • Baby Shark is the first YouTube video to surpass 10 billion views.
  • The video was a massive hit in 2016 and went viral thanks to its cute tune and dance challenge.
  • Despacito remains the second most-viewed YouTube video with 7.7 billion views.

You thought it was over, but it's still going strong. That's right, "Baby Shark" continues to invade our homes as the video becomes the first to reach 10 billion views on YouTube. 10. Billion.

That's a lot of doo doo doo doo doo doos.

According to Billboard, the video reached the milestone on Thursday, January 13. It furthers its lead ahead of your other favorite song, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which is the second most-viewed video with 7.7 billion views.

Since its release in 2016, the song has gained tons of popularity from kids and adults — who obviously weren't forced to replay it repeatedly at the behest of their children — and spurred a viral dance challenge thanks to the music video. The song also gained the #32 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, got its own cereal, a reference on "Ted Lasso," and even an interactive version to help kids wash their hands amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement to Billboard, The Pinkfong Co. CEO, Min-seok Kim, expressed thanks and excitement for what's to come:

We are delighted to announce that our beloved Baby Shark has recorded another remarkable milestone. It has been a truly meaningful journey to witness how Baby Shark has connected people around the world, and we can't wait to introduce Baby Shark's further adventures that will bring unparalleled experiences to even more fans everywhere.

Following the popularity of the TV show — which, by the way, was picked up for a second season — Nickelodeon is working to develop a "Baby Shark" feature film, so it's far from the last time we'll hear of it.

Now, enjoy more "Baby Shark."

Derrek Lee
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