Gotye's smash hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" is closing in on 200 million YouTube views this week. It will make the video one of the most watched clips ever on YouTube.
With 198 million views, the video from Belgian-Australian singer Gotye featuring Kimbra ranks No. 29, behind the likes of Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, other artists and a few non-music videos (such as “Charlie bit my finger“).
The video, premiered in July 2011 and swiftly became a chart-topper in Australia before soaring to No. 1 in more than a dozen countries.
Many have credit a band called Walk Off the Earth for putting the song on their radar. In January, Walk Off the Earth uploaded to YouTube a “Somebody That I Used to Know” cover, which now has 103 million views.