Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” that raucous electro synth party pop anthem even your grandmother knows by now, took America by storm with its beat and style. It was one of the first Korean pop singles to successfully cross over into the American media consciousness, and garnered so much interest that Psy is now signed with Scooter Braun, the man who plucked Justin Bieber out of YouTube obscurity and molded him into a star.
As of this writing, the “Gangnam Style” music video has garnered over 274 million views and close to 3 million likes. Metrics like that should land “Gangnam Style” squarely in the list of YouTube’s most watched and most liked videos. And yet, it’s mysteriously absent from that list, causing some Psy fans to cry conspiracy.
The site “What Happened to Gangnam Style?” cropped up a few days ago, where a very dedicated Psy fan is collecting evidence that YouTube is purposefully keeping “Gangnam Style” from its rightful place on the Top Liked chart.
According to the site:
On September 13, Gangnam Style MV became the most LIKED video in YouTube history worldwide with 2,234,180 likes, but 7 days later, on Sep 20, it was removed from Youtube’s Most Liked All Time Chart as you can see on the snapshots below.
If the “Most Liked” chart is aggregated solely based on like metrics, it does seem that “Gangnam Style” should be number one. It has received almost twice the likes as the #1 video on the chart, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
One YouTube user, named AgentofDoubt, recorded a 6-minute video walking the audience through the alleged snubbing. He believes that YouTube has grown ever more commercialized, bending over backwards to accommodate videos created by professional singers while disadvantaging lesser known YouTubers.
“It does seem like Google is filling this chart with celebrities who aren’t necessarily YouTubers,” he says in the video. “They’re actually celebrities outside of YouTube and they’re just basically cashing in by filling these charts with performers that actually don’t deserve to be in these positions. Because ‘Gangnam Style’ deserves to be number one.”
Of course, Psy himself could be considered part of that celebrity contingent. He’s popular in Korea, and has signed on to work with Mr. Braun, whose other clients include Justin Bieber, who does make an appearance on the Top Likes chart.
Perhaps the “Top Liked” chart isn’t actually organized by which videos received the most likes. We’ve reached out to YouTube and will update when we know more. In the meantime, Psy diehards (Psyhards?) are galvanizing, urging fellow fans to sign a petition to get the video back to its rightful #1 spot.