4.6 billion streams across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber’s Sorry, which previously held the title.
“What’s happened with this song is just insane,” said Fonsi, who hails from Puerto Rico and sings in Spanish.
“I don’t want to use the word accident because I was trying to write a hit, but I didn’t plan for it to cross over.
“I just wanted to make people dance.”
The 39-year-old said the global success of his song – which has reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK – gave him hope in the current political climate.
“I come from Puerto Rico and I live in Miami. We’re living in an interesting time right now when people want to divide us. They want to build walls.
“And for a song to bring people and cultures together, that’s what makes me proud.”
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