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“).
“It’s pretty crazy,” Gotye told Mashable. “It’s the Youtube views that are slightly scary to me — that so many people have seen something that intimate or know more about me as an artist.”
“Somebody That I Used to Know” — about memories of past relationships and breakups — premiered in July 2011 and swiftly became a chart-topper in Australia before soaring to No. 1 in more than a dozen countries. Only last month did the song claim the coveted crown on Billboards Hot 100 charts in the U.S.
The achievement came after American Idol, Glee and The Voice aired covers of the song (watch them below) in April. That month Gotye and Kimbra also performed the track on Saturday Night Live.
“It still shocks me it went well in Australia,” Gotye says. “I never expected it to be a No.1 single (in the U.S.). I don’t really know what to say. I’m pleased, of course, and grateful, but it still hasn’t really sunk in.”
The single had already been high on the U.S. chart, but the mainstream appearances budged it to the top. Many Americans 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.
Flip through this gallery to hear the original, versions mentioned above, parodies and covers from YouTube heavyweights Ingrid Michaelson, PS22 Chorus, Boyce Avenue, Freak Morice, Peter Hollens and more.
Original by Gotye featuring Kimbra
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