The ubiquitous children's song and earworm, first uploaded to YouTube in June , is a remix of an American campfire song by the Seoul-based production company Pinkfong. The bane of parents and teachers worldwide, the South Korea-produced song has gone from the realm of children's YouTube to a global viral sensation, with a catchy and addictive melody buoyed by a hypnotically colourful video. Its YouTube success paved its route into the global music charts, reaching the number 32 spot on the Billboard Hot in January It has picked up plenty of adult fans along its way to global viral fame: the Washington Nationals baseball team took it up as an anthem and went on to win the World Series last year, prompting the White House to play the tune during the celebrations. One US town played the song on a loop, while another, Florida's West Palm Beach, used the melody to try to discourage homeless people from congregating in a public area. It has also been pressed into anti-pandemic service, with a coronavirus-themed version, "Wash Your Hands", teaching children the importance of personal hygiene. Two of the last four tracks to hold the most-played record on YouTube are South Korean -- rapper Psy's megahit "Gangnam Style" held the title for more than three years until it was dethroned by Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again". Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments.
A song with catchy tune and flashy visuals, that has caught the fancy of children across the world and made a number of parents and teachers roll their eyes —— Baby Shark —— made a new record on Monday, becoming the most-watched video on YouTube with more than seven billion views. Coupled with simple and easy to follow dance steps, it has become extremely popular among kids, especially under the age of five. Although it is unclear who the original writer of the song is, it is said to be a popular American campfire song which has been sung and recreated a couple of times. However, Baby Shark became a global sensation after it was remixed and recreated by the Seoul-based production company Pinkfong. Sung by year-old Korean-American singer Hope Segoine, the video of the English version of the song, released in June , broke the record of being the most watched. Baby Shark became an international hit, reaching number 32 on the Billboard Hot in January , and also made it to the UK Top 40 list. The song first went viral in south-east Asia, and then in the US and Europe. It prompted a spin-off live tour, merchandise, books and more, plus reworkings of the song, including one featuring Luis Fonsi and another promoting handwashing during the COVID pandemic.
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Popular as a campfire song , it has taken off since , when Pinkfong , a South Korean education company, turned it into a video that spread virally through social media, online video, and radio. Pinkfong's version has become the most-viewed video on YouTube of all time in November with over 7. Some sources have mentioned traditional myths as a basis, others camping origins in the 20th century,  and some see it as possibly developed by camp counselors inspired by the movie Jaws. Different versions of the song have the sharks hunting fish, eating a sailor, or killing people, who then go to heaven. Various entities have copyrighted original videos and sound recordings of the song, and some have trademarked merchandise based on their versions; however, according to The New York Times , the underlying song and characters are believed to be in the public domain. The single peaked at 25th in the German charts  and at 21 in the Austrian charts.
Baby Shark, the infuriatingly catchy children's rhyme recorded by South Korean company Pinkfong, has become the most-watched video ever on YouTube. The song has now been played 7. It took four years for Baby Shark to ascend to the top of YouTube's most-played chart, but the song is actually much older than that. It is thought to have originated in US summer camps in the s. One theory says it was invented in , as Steven Spielberg's Jaws became an box office smash around the world. There are a huge number of variations on the basic premise, including one version where a surfer loses an arm to the shark, and another where the protagonist dies.