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The internet is the land of the great unknown and the land of the great unexplainable. Things happen that shouldn't and things get popular, well, that should NOT!
These five songs went viral for all the reasons unknown - some would not have seen the light of day had it not been for the inexplicable power of the internet. Some of these singers would not have seen the light of day if they had tried to sing this in real life. So let's try to figure out why these songs went viral - not just with thousands of hits, but with millions..... even billions. Try to explain their virality (is there even a word like that?) Or just hold your peace. These are in no particular order.
Friday - Rebecca Black
You knew this was coming, didn't you? A teenager trying to make a song out of days of the week with a special liking for Friday? The song was one of the most-watched and most disliked videos in 2011 (beat Justin Beiber!). The effective use of auto-tune to add depth to the lyrics, "Yesterday was Thursday, Today is Friday, Friday, Tomorrow is Saturday, And Sunday comes after wards" made the internet go crazy and the meme world erupted. What else could you do after eating cereal, but wonder whether to sit in the front or the back seat? But it was not the end of the world for Rebecca Black. She was not going to be bogged down by all the disfame online and went on to sign labels, become a youtube star and do a few recordings. Look who's laughing now!! And let's face the truth - after ten years, this song sounds catchy doesn't it...
One Pound Fish - Shahid Nazir
Shahid Nazir was just selling fish in a busy part of Britain and would belt out some catchy lines to try and grab sellers. He ended up grabbing the internet.
That's what the internet did to this fish seller. His original 'gig' in the market got noticed and one thing led to another. He was soon dancing with a group of glamorous girls while belting out the benefits of the one pound fish. I don't think the fish looked this glamorous even in Finding Nemo. He was on several news channels, X factor, and then quietly faded away. Do any of you know where his fish shop is now?
The original casual video is still popular sans all those glamorous women. You can decide which you like better!
Gangnam Style - Psy
You will play this on repeat and blurt out your own lyrics and jump and dance and then try to figure out why you like this song. You never knew the singer before this, or after this, or even what the heck he was singing about. You'll copy those dance move at crazy times, like in the middle of the street, and will be joined by 10 random people doing the same moves. Don't lose your peace over the lyrics or those meaningless moves. Just concentrate on getting that beat out of your head. It's better for you! At one point this was the most popular video ever and easily crossed a billion views. Don't tell me you didn't contribute to 100 of these views at least??!!
Boom Boom Boom - CathyMay15
Nobody knew or knows who she is and how old she was and why she did it. But she sang along while playing the song, recorded on a webcam and the rest is history. While it initially was ridiculed for being out of sync etc, this became epic and 10 years later in 2021, it is the epitome of having fun and being yourself on the internet. Her casual accent, no autotune, the way she rubs her shoulder, nose while singing along - just oozes self-confidence and teaches you to learn to enjoy being yourself. There were dozens, maybe hundreds, of remixes, mash-ups, memes, reverse videos, and what-not of this video. Cathy knew how to turn this thing on its head and make it motivational. Or am I wrong? See her short video explaining herself and you'll realize her attitude!
Did this tune actually have an original song? Is It copyrighted? Were the coffin dancers real? If you do find these answers leave a comment, please. The answers don't change the reality though - that this tune and those coffin dancers were a meme-makers dream and literally millions of video memes have flooded YouTube and every video hosting site on the internet. If that music is copyrighted, it's the perfect recipe for making a billionaire. This is supposed to be the original remake of the tune with the Ghana Coffin Dancers. The song is originally by Vicetone & Tony Igy and is called Astronomia. Which is your favorite meme video featuring the coffin dancers?
Do you have any music video that you can't stop seeing, but can't figure out why you love it (or hate it) so much? Share it with me!!