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Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Reaches Two Billion YouTube Views

The 2012 viral smash horsey dances its way into history

PSY peforms in Toronto, Canada.
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May 31, 2014 11:29 AM ET

It's one small step for man, one giant horse-y dance for mankind. K-Pop sensation Psy's viral smash "Gangnam Style" has become the first video to hit 2 billion views on YouTube. Yup, that means a viewership equivalent to just under one-third of the global population has spent a combined 504 billion seconds — or, 15,971.1 years — watching "Gangnam Style." We did it!

Find Out Where Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Ranks on Our List of 2012's Best Songs

"2 billion views; they are very honorable and very burdensome numbers," Psy said in a statement. "With the appreciation, I will come back soon with more joyful contents!!"

Psy's "Gangnam Style" entered our collective consciousness back in the halcyon days of 2012, infiltrating every aspect of our culture from Today to a Madonna show at Madison Square Garden to the White House. On the day he was elected to his second term as President of the United States of America, Barack Obama told a New Hampshire radio station, "I just saw that video for the first time, and I think I can do that move."

Within four months of its debut, "Gangnam Style" topped Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most watched video on YouTube, and by Christmas 2012 it became the first video to be watched over 1 billion times. Psy announced he would "retire" the song after helping ring in 2013 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, but the K-Pop sensation wasn't able to recreate that viral magic with his follow-up single, "Gentleman M/V," which currently boasts a paltry 687 million views on YouTube.

In honor of the song that will never go away, watch "Gangnam Style" below.

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