With 2,994,056,666 views as of publishing, "Despacito" snatches the all-time YouTube views crown from previous record-holder, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" (2,993,712,651 views). It was a short run for "See You Again," which only dethroned the five-year title-holder, PSY's "Gangnam Style," in mid-July.
Notably, the "Despacito" music video isn't even at full star power -- Bieber does not appear in the San Juan-filmed visual, which is directed by Carlos Perez of Miami-based studio Elastic People and soundtracked by the original Fonsi & Yankee track, rather than the Bieber remix. But the video's rise is particularly impressive, given that it only hit YouTube in January. By contrast, "See You Again" took more than two years to snatch the all-time views record.