The catchy children’s song that parents love to hate has now made its way onto the Billboard Hot 100. “Baby Shark” broke into the Top 40 for the week ending January 12, debuting at No. 32 on the list.
Deemed a “Highest Ranking Debut” by Billboard, the tune was also streamed 20.8 million times during the first week of January according to Nielsen Music. Coming in just below songs like “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper which just won a Golden Globe, “Baby Shark” beat out a lot of popular songs, including ones by Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes.
According to Billboard‘s website, the rankings are determined by “key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.”
The earworm, created by South Korean educational entertainment company Pinkfong, originally went viral on YouTube back in June 2016. Since then, it has garnered over 3.1 billion views and is now one of the top 30 most-watched videos in the history of YouTube.
While the original “Baby Shark” is the song that made the Billboard Hot 100, there have also been numerous remixes made of the tune, including a sped-up version, a lullaby one, a Christmas one, and even one for adults. And as if that wasn’t enough, Amazon recently released a line of Baby Shark-themed plushies (there’s a Daddy Shark, Mommy Shark, and Baby Shark) that sing the addictive song.