Fastest viral videos as of October 2015, based on the time needed to reach 100 million views (in days)

This statistic shows the fastest viral video campaigns or clips to reach 100 million views across the internet. This measurement is based on the number of days it took to reach this view count. In October 2015, singer Adele's release "Hello" from her upcoming comeback album 25 racked up 100 million views in the first four days of being uploaded to the YouTube. In 2013, South Korean singer PSY's music video "Gentleman" was the fastest viral video to reach and surpass 100 million views. Previously, his viral music video hit Gangnam Style hit 100 million YouTube views after being online for 52 days and was also the first music video to reach 1.5 billion views altogether.

YouTube is a video sharing website originally founded in 2005. The website was purchased by Google in 2006 for roughly 1.65 billion U.S. dollars in Google stock. Since the acquisition, YouTube has grown significantly, becoming the primary source for videos online, such as tutorials, news, gaming videos and vlogs. YouTube’s user base has increased every single year and along with it the number of videos posted. As of November 2014, over 300 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube per minute.

Based on a survey in the United States, YouTube was the second most popular social media website in the country as of August 2015, amassing roughly 21.6 percent of all social media visits, trailing only Facebook by approximately 24 percent.

In terms of popularity, the fastest growing genre on YouTube is arguably gaming. The channel with the most subscribers as of October 2015 is PewDiePie, having a grand total of 39.68 million subscribers. He is a comedic gamer, often posting videos of live commentaries while playing popular games and has become a fan favorite among younger viewers.

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 Days needed to reach 100 million views
PSY: Gentleman 4
Adele: Hello 5
Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball 6
Kony 2012 6
Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout (ad) 8
Susan Boyle: Britain's Got Talent 9
Shakira feat. Rihanna: Can't Remember to Forget You 10
Nicki Minaj: Anaconda 11
Taylor Swift: Bad Blood 12
Taylor Swift: Blank Space 16
Lady Gaga: Bad Romance 18
Taylor Swift: Shake it Off 20
Shakira: La La La 20
Katy Perry: Dark Horse 23
Katy Perry: Roar 26
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