Teenage musician Justin Bieber will see his music video Baby surpass 500 million views on YouTube today or tomorrow, making it the first video ever to do so. Bieber's Baby is now far ahead of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, which is #2 at 360 million. Only 4 other videos on the site have been viewed even half as much as Baby.
Where Bieber dominates the most, however, is in how much his videos are disliked by YouTube viewers. YouTube doesn't provide the option of viewing by most disliked but we analyzed the 150 most viewed videos and here's the harsh truth: Bieber stars in 5 of the top 6 most disliked videos on the site. The #1 most disliked video on YouTube is Baby, with 1.1 million dislikes. That's an incredible amount of dislike! In fact, it's 1 million more dislikes that the #2 most disliked video on the site - Bieber's Never Say Never, which has just under 100 thousand dislikes. We've posted a chart below of the top 10 most disliked videos on YouTube, which you can ponder while listening to Justin Bieber's Baby. UPDATE! There has been a disruption in the force and Rebecca Black's Friday has soared past all other challengers and will likely top Bieber as the most disliked video on the site any day or hour now. Update Again: It's officially over - Rebecca Black has won, or lost, depending on how you look at it.
Note that Bieber only has 3 of the 20 most viewed videos on the site. His videos are just the most hated.
Update: No! Reader Philip Bump points out that Rebecca Black's terrible new song Friday hit an incredible 1 million dislikes after just 6 weeks and less than 60 million views! The chart must be remade!
And now, Baby. I wonder how much the pre-roll ad for this costs when you watch it on YouTube. While you're here, don't forget to check out our post on the Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time, where you can view them all on one handy page.
Below, Black's video Friday - which is apparently much, much cooler to dislike!
Bring on the mashups!