It’s official: Three months after its release, “Gangnam Style” is still winning the Internet. K-pop star and international man about town Psy’s magnificent and confusing video sensation has just become the most “liked” video in YouTube history, according to a new blog post by Guinness World Records.
In its rise to the top, the single had to leapfrog Adele, Justin Bieber and LMFAO to first place, bringing home the gold with a whopping 2.1 million “likes." This isn’t to say that the video is the most viewed YouTube clip in history; in fact it's not even that close ... for now. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” tops YouTube’s "view" charts with 780 million, a far off mark from Psy’s 230 million views. Even with T-Pain tweeting that "Words cannot even describe how amazing this video is" back in July, one would guess “Gangnam Style” falls somewhere in the 25-30th most-viewed video range, hovering well below the infamous clip “Charlie Bit My Finger” and its 480 million views, but within reach of, say, “Call Me Maybe” and its 260 million.
And the thing is, "Gangnam Style" is still climbing kind of quickly - and why shouldn’t it? Back in August the Atlantic wrote an article on the possibly politically “subversive” messages present in Psy’s lyrics and video, reason enough to champion the K-pop song for its subtle culture critique and over-the-top, stylized visuals. And with Rolling Stone’s post today about Bangkok gangs having a “Gangnam Style” dance-off that ended in a gun battle, it doesn’t seem as if Psy’s international relevance has hit the breaks just yet. Watch yourself, Bieber.