Bill Wurtz

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Bill Wurtz
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Personal information
  • Musician
  • Video blogger
YouTube information
Created byBill Wurtz
Years active2005 (on YouTube from 2013) – present
Subscribers2.9 million
Total views287 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017
Subscriber and view counts updated as of November 22, 2018.

Bill Wurtz (stylized as bill wurtz) is an online video creator and multi-instrumentalist believed to reside in New York City.[1] Wurtz is known for his distinctive style of song and video, including dry delivery and singing, paired with colorful surrealist or non-sequitur graphics.[2] Wurtz posts jingles and songs on his website, the majority of them being only seconds long, having stated that he favored short projects as a way to get started creating videos.[3] Most of his jingles are also featured on his YouTube channel with colorful text and visuals. Wurtz has been actively making music since 2005.[4]


history of japan[edit]

Wurtz's history of japan video, a humorous historical documentary film covering Japan's history from 40,000 B.C.E to 1991 C.E,[5] went viral after its release on February 2, 2016. It received 1.7 million views in two days and more than quadrupled his subscriber count in 1 week. It currently has 42.9 million views.[2][6][7]

history of the entire world, i guess[edit]

Wurtz is best known for history of the entire world, i guess, a 19-minute video released on May 10, 2017.[8] The video briefly covers the topics of natural history and human civilization, in a quirky and comedic style, spanning from the Big Bang to the near future (specifically the year 2028). It went viral after its release, receiving 1.1 million views in its first 8 hours, 3.2 million views on its first day, and 13 million views in its first week. It was the top video on the YouTube trending page on the day of its release,[9] and would later be named No. 8 on YouTube's list of the top 10 trending videos of 2017.[10] The Verge compared Wurtz videos to "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" and "The End of the World". Currently, it has 57.3 million views.[11] In an interview with H3H3 Productions released on December 2nd, Wurtz admitted that the video had taken over 11 months to produce, including almost three months of research. [12]

hi, i'm steve[edit]

Thanks to the release of history of japan and history of the entire world, i guess, there has been a surge of views in Wurtz's recent videos. One of those videos was hi, i'm steve.

On July 6, 2017, nearly two months after "history of the entire world, i guess" was uploaded, a one-minute video titled "hi, i'm steve" was uploaded.[13] The video describes the life of a fictional character; it is not clear whether the character's name is Steve. The video went viral upon being uploaded, gaining over 1 million views within the first day, and peaking at #2 on the YouTube trending page in the same day. Currently, it has 9.6 million views.[14]

Musical style[edit]

Wurtz employs a rich and complicated musical style which blends progressive jazz with pop and easy listening. He frequently makes use of unusual time signatures and chord progressions, the latter often finishing on dissonant or atonal notes and chords. Overall, his music is of an uplifting nature.[15]

Lyrically, Wurtz has an aphoristic, economical, and absurdist style, resembling his website's "notebook".[16]

During the Vidcon 2018 panel "Finding a niche and making it work for you" Wurtz answered a question about why his style is so different from other YouTube musicians. He explained that he doesn't watch any other creators on the platform. Instead, he simply does what he himself thinks is normal. "My secret is just live under a rock, and stay there," he declared.[17]

Music videos[edit]

Wurtz has worked on full-length music videos, following the same format of his shorter videos. Since May 2014, fourteen of these videos have been uploaded to his YouTube channel. After the popularity of history of the entire world, i guess, Wurtz has focused almost completely on these videos.

  • On May 6, 2014, new canaan was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has received over 590,000 views.[18]
  • On May 8, 2015, i'm crazy / it's raining was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has received over 1 million views.[19]
  • On August 3, 2017, i wanna be a movie star was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. It has since reached more than 3.3 million views as of November 2018.[20]
  • On September 28, 2017, outside was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has attained more than 4.5 million views.[21]
  • On January 16, 2018, La de da de da de da de day oh was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. It peaked at number 1 on the YouTube trending page upon being released. As of November 2018, it has attained over 7.8 million views.[22]
  • On April 25, 2018, and the day goes on was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. Within two weeks of the video's release, it had already amassed over 2 million views and more than 150,000 likes. It has over 4.3 million views as of November 2018.[23]
  • On June 21, 2018, hello sexy pants was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has attained over 1.9 million views.[24]
  • On August 21, 2018, hallelujah was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has garnered over 1.1 million views.[25]
  • On September 4, 2018, i'm Best Friends with my Own Front Door was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has reached 1.4 million views.[26]
  • On September 18, 2018, Mount St. Helens is about to Blow Up was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. As of November 2018, it has over 3 million views.[27]
  • On October 3, 2018, the Moon is made of Cheese (but i can't taste it) was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. It reached #8 on the YouTube trending page within 2 days of its release and has attained over 1.3 million views.[28]
  • On October 16, 2018, When I Get Older was uploaded to Wurtz's channel, notably during the worldwide YouTube outage.[29] After just 2 days of being uploaded, it reached #37 on YouTube trending, and received nearly 700,000 views.[30]
  • On October 30, 2018, long long long journey was uploaded to Wurtz's channel. After 17 hours of being uploaded, it received nearly 300,000 views.[31]
  • On November 13, 2018, Slow Down was uploaded to Wurtz's channel.[32]
  • On November 27, 2018, christmas isn't real was uploaded to Wurtz's channel.[33]


  • On April 11, 2016, Wurtz won the Shorty Award for Best in Weird at the 8th Shorty Awards for his six-second videos on Vine (history of japan was released after the voting and so was not included in the award consideration) in the Tech and Innovation/Best in "Weird" category.[34] The entirety of his acceptance speech for the award was simply: "Thank you.", walking off the stage right after.[35] He has stated in a video on his website that his speech was inspired by an acceptance speech given by Andre 3000.[36]



External links[edit]


  1. ^ Wurtz, Bill. "questions". Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "History lesson with a difference: Surreal 'History of Japan' video goes viral". RT International. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Wurtz, Bill. "questions". Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  4. ^ stuck in a rut, retrieved September 8, 2018
  5. ^ bill wurtz (2016-02-02), history of japan, retrieved 2018-11-14
  6. ^ "WATCH: Trippy Video Teaches The Entire History Of Japan In Just 9 Minutes". The Huffington Post. February 8, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Strange, Adario. "Psychedelic history of Japan turns learning into an acid trip". Mashable. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Wurtz, Bill (May 10, 2017), history of the entire world, i guess, retrieved May 14, 2017
  9. ^ Gutelle, Sam (May 11, 2017). "Bill Wurtz's "History Of The Entire World" Gets 3.2 Million YouTube Views In Its First Day". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Allocca, Kevin (6 December 2017). "It's time for #YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you watched, shared, and created in 2017". Official YouTube Blog. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (May 11, 2017). "History of the Entire World, I Guess could have been the best online video of 2005". The Verge. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  12. ^ H3 Podcast Highlights, Bill Wurtz On The History of the World, retrieved 2018-12-09
  13. ^ Wurtz, Bill (July 6, 2017), hi, i'm steve, retrieved August 27, 2017
  14. ^ "History of Japan's Bill Wurtz Creates 'Steve' and a Viral Video", Memeburn, July 7, 2017, retrieved September 17, 2017
  15. ^ "Meet Bill Wurtz, the Internet Musical Genius You've Never Heard Of - MEL Magazine". MEL Magazine. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  16. ^ "billwurtz". Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  17. ^ WintersDays (2018-06-23), MIRANDA SINGS & THE EXPO HALL | VidCon US 2018 | Day 2, retrieved 2018-10-26
  18. ^ bill wurtz (2014-05-06), song: new canaan, retrieved 2018-11-13
  19. ^ bill wurtz (2015-05-08), song: "i'm crazy / it's raining", retrieved 2018-11-13
  20. ^ Wurtz, Bill (August 3, 2017), i wanna be a movie star, retrieved August 3, 2017
  21. ^ bill wurtz (2017-09-28), outside, retrieved 2018-11-13
  22. ^ bill wurtz (2018-01-16), La de da de da de da de day oh, retrieved 2018-11-13
  23. ^ bill wurtz (2018-04-25), and the day goes on, retrieved 2018-11-13
  24. ^ bill wurtz (2018-06-21), hello sexy pants, retrieved 2018-11-13
  25. ^ bill wurtz (2018-08-21), hallelujah, retrieved 2018-11-13
  26. ^ bill wurtz (2018-09-04), i'm Best Friends with my Own Front Door, retrieved 2018-11-13
  27. ^ bill wurtz (2018-09-18), Mount St. Helens is about to Blow Up, retrieved 2018-11-13
  28. ^ bill wurtz (2018-10-02), the Moon is made of Cheese (but i can't taste it), retrieved 2018-11-13
  29. ^ "YouTube Service Restored After Users Experience Worldwide Outage". 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  30. ^ Wurtz, Bill (October 16, 2018), When I Get Older, retrieved October 18, 2018
  31. ^ bill wurtz (2018-10-30), long long long journey, retrieved 2018-11-13
  32. ^ bill wurtz (2018-11-13), Slow Down, retrieved 2018-11-13
  33. ^ bill wurtz (2018-11-27), christmas isn't real, retrieved 2018-11-28
  34. ^ "Bill Wurtz – The Shorty Awards". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  35. ^ "Bill Wurtz accepts the Shorty Award for Best in Weird". Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  36. ^ ""201604121847.mp4"". Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  37. ^ "Bill Wurtz discography". RateYourMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2018.