Korean rapper-singer Psy's catchy global hit "Gangnam Style" ranked as the most viewed and searched K-pop music video this year, ousting K-pop idol Super Junior from the top spot, data showed Monday.
The wacky music video featuring Psy's hallmark horse-riding dance topped the list of this year's most popular K-pop music videos on YouTube, according to the video-sharing Web site. Last year, Super Junior's "Mr.Simple" ranked No. 1.
More than 923 million users have watched "Gangnam Style" since its YouTube debut on July 15, which translates to over 7 million views each day, it said.
Psy's viral success also impacted other videos on the list. "Oppa is Just My Style," a spin-off of "Gangnam Style" featuring K-pop idol Hyuna, ranked as the No. 2 most-viewed K-pop music video.
Parodies of "Gangnam Style" also swept a separate list of popular videos created by local users, with five of the top 10 UGCs (user-generated content) stemming from the viral hit, according to YouTube.
Also among the top 10 most-viewed K-pop music videos were Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" and 2NE1's "I Love You."
Meanwhile, data showed that "Gangnam Style" was one of the most searched keywords in South Korea this year.
Daum Communications Corp., the operator of South Korea's No. 2 Internet portal, announced the music video as the "hottest" search keyword of 2012 based on its soaring search trend compared with last year. (Yonhap)