2018 YouTube Rewind is here!

YouTube Rewind is a yearly video that is created by YouTube, according to YouTube it aims to celebrate the videos, people, music and moments that defined 2018.

Kpop took over the world even more in 2018, with many Kpop groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK making and breaking records on Billboard as well as YouTube records.





At one point, BTS’s “IDOL” was the most viewed music YouTube video in the first 24 hours, YouTube confirmed it had garnered 45+ in the first 24 hours.

Initially, “IDOL” accumulated about 56 million views in the first 24 hours but around 10 million views were omitted from the video. Back then YouTube explained,

“To verify that views are real and accurate, YouTube may temporarily slow down, freeze, or adjust the view count, as well as discard low-quality playbacks.”

ARMY didn’t take kindly to that explanation or the omission of views from the video and they weren’t happy about YouTube Rewind as well.





The video included Kpop and played BTS’s “IDOL” without direct mention of the group but the phrase Kpop instead. Fans took to twitter to voice their own opinions about YouTube using BTS’s “IDOL” in 2018 YouTube Rewind.

Here are some of the fandom reactions below:

What do you think of this?


My Thoughts

I still feel that it’s ARMY are overreacting a bit with all honesty!

I do understand what they say and where they are coming from but I’ve always felt that the backlash of deleting those views was too much.

For all I know, an avid BTS fan could have purchased views for “IDOL.” YouTube has a system that detects that and deletes those bots of views. Its naïve to assume that every ARMY was going to play by YouTube rules, you guys already know that your fandom is huge, there are nice people and there are people who aren’t so nice….





A BTS fan might be so obsessive with views so much so they’re willing to buy them to help BTS succeed even more. Also, the whole idea of streaming is based on repetitiveness; you can only go so far with it and the system YouTube had is genius, you can’t expect the system not to be able to detect foul play.

If you love BTS then its not about breaking YouTube records as much as its about enjoying the music. This was always my problem with streaming. I understand some fans are broke and can only support their idols that way but I feel that its becoming more of a competitive toxic culture of fandoms fighting for views on YouTube as if they do matter so much. BTS is bigger than just a YouTube record, you guys always preach about the messages they deliver through their music, how about you focus on that rather than YouTube views?

It’s their platform and they have the right to do what they want with it if you don’t like YouTube then just stop watching videos on it all together or stop trying to stream since you assume its ‘skewed/fabricated.’

it’s all useless and YouTube will end up cutting views anyways. (from your point of view)





I am a YouTuber and there are things I don’t like about YouTube but there also a lot of things I like about it, I am not going to dismiss all that’s nice because they cut 10 million views off of “IDOL.”

As for the YouTube Rewind this year I found it very cringy and didn’t like it but it wasn’t because of the BTS thing. It was just cringy all around to me as a youtuber.

I would have preferred if they didn’t just mention ‘kpop’ but rather BTS since they’re using their song but its not a huge complaint.