“Baby Shark” became the most-watched YouTube video on Monday, with more than seven billion plays. Released on June 17, 2016, the song is created by a South Korean children’s educational company Pinkfong.
It became an international hit by acquiring the 32nd spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2019. The catchy tune of the song and its vibrant visuals have caught the fancy of many toddlers and their parents. It also made it to the UK Top 40 list.
Within four years, the children’s song has managed to break the previous record held by Luis Fonsi’s 2017 hit song “Despacito.” The Washington Nationals baseball team took up the song as its anthem and went on to win the World Series last year, prompting the White House to play the tune during the celebrations.
It has also been included in pandemic service, with a coronavirus-themed version, “Wash Your Hands,” teaching children the importance of personal hygiene.