It’s been over two years, and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is still racking up the views, so much so that YouTube had to upgrade their player.
According to the Washington Post, the monster ear worm’s music video had been viewed so many times (2.152 billion views at last count) that YouTube upgraded its video view count to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808). The site previously used a 32-bit integer that maxed out to 2,147,483,647. WaPo dissected math of how YouTube solved the conundrum of how to gauge the popularity of the song, though it still doesn’t answer the question of why the song is so popular.
Is it the horses? It’s probably the horses.