Rebecca Black’s video for “Friday” reached 99 million views at YouTube late Tuesday night. If it continues on its recent pace, the video should pass the 100 million threshold Wednesday.
“Friday” ranks as YouTube’s 43rd most viewed video of all time. It will be #42 when it crosses the 100 million threshold, passing the 99.9 million views achieved by the Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit).”
The all-time YouTube view leader is Justin Bieber’s “Baby” with 515 million views. Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is #2 with 367 million views and Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is #3 with 329 million.
“Friday,” a song widely ridiculed for its lyrics and low-budget nature, is hardly the lone oddity among YouTube’s top videos. At #43 (99 million views) is a video of Egyptian bodybuilder Tamer El Shahat showing off his immense biceps. At #26 (129 million views) is a video about the fertility drug Clomid. And at #12 (169 million views) is a video of a Japanese women who shakes up a bottle of soda in a bathroom.
While she has an undisputed YouTube hit, Black lags behind the metrics of other 100 million-view stars. Black has only 143,000 Twitter followers and 78,600 Facebook friends. The Black Eyed Peas, whose video Black just passed, have 370,000 Twitter followers and 15.9 million Facebook friends. Justin Bieber, the reigning leader at YouTube, has 8.8 million Twitter followers and 25.1 million Facebook friends.