Khalifa’s 2015 collaboration with Puth was written as a tribute to the actor Paul Walker, to be included on the soundtrack to Furious 7. “See You Again” is famous for its sentimental chorus, in which Puth sings, “It’s been a long day without you, my friend / And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”
It’s still surprising that this tear-jerking movie power ballad reached enough views to pass “Gangnam Style.” “See You Again” currently has more than 2.898 billion views, while “Gangnam Style” has more than 2.895 billion views on YouTube.
Having only just discovered the news himself, Puth took to Twitter to express his shock at the landmark achievement.
For the record, I joined @YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. Just heard about See You Again…wow.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) July 11, 2017
Billboard points out that the view counts of both videos are equal to more than 21,000 years of streaming each. The huge number of views of “Gangnam Style” forced YouTube in December 2014 to upgrade the maximum number of video views it had previously allowed.
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