Luis Fonsi’s and Daddy Yankee’s smash hit music video 'Despacito' has reached a remarkable milestone for becoming the world’s First video to reach 5 billion views on YouTube .
Anyone who has heard the song before already knows of its catchy rhythm, but fans have faithfully swarmed to watch the two Latin American artists perform the single amid the streets of their home nation of Puerto Rico.
This new achievement supplements the song’s current ensemble of six Guinness World Records titles, reflecting the incredible success and popularity of the track on a global scale.
"Despacito" was first released in January 2017 and has quickly gained popularity outside of Latin America; at the time of writing it had 5,001,320,421 views.
This means it has also raised the bar for three other current YouTube records: Most viewed music video online, Most viewed video online, and Most viewed music video on YouTube (duet) with each record title being broken three times since the video first achieved them in August 2017.
It also earned the record for the Most weeks at No.1 in the USA (single) in September 2017 after being featured 16 consecutive weeks, and soon after became the Most streamed track worldwide upon being played 4.6 billion times across the globe.
Although most hits tend to lessen in popularity as the weeks go on, Despacito has remained hugely popular.
More than a year after its debut, the Hispanic single broke the title for being the Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart in February 2018 after spending 42 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.
With their latest accomplishment of amassing 5 billion views, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s newest YouTube record has surpassed other popular artists on the platform such as Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, who’s video for “See You Again” currently stands at 3.4 billion views.
Fonsi mentioned in interviews that he awoke with the song stuck in his head, and did his best to draft the material until he could work on it further.
After completing the final track, Fonsi thought fellow Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee would be a natural accompaniment to the song – which has since become a major contribution to the song’s triumph.
'Despacito' has the distinction of being the only track to have earned Latin Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the year in junction with seven Guinness World Records titles.
At the rate that the current music video is going, we expect the landmark achievement to increase some time in the near future.