‘Gangnam Style’ lacks appeal
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 23:12
If the fact that Miley Cyrus actually had a successful career for a few years didn’t cause me to have some extreme amount of concern for America’s taste in music, for the past 12 weeks PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 with a peak position of Number 2. Not only that, the quirky music video for the song is now the most viewed on YouTube with currently 883,385,103 views; unfortunately, for the purpose of this article, I am now one of the millions who have sat through the South Korean’s latest video. I will say it is kind of funny at certain times, but for the most part, it just left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable.
The song is actually a jab at a certain style of the people of the Gangnam district of Seoul in South Korea. The residents of this particular area are known for being particularly trendy, hip and elude level of class. People try to emulate this “Gangnam Style” by attempting to copy certain trends and fads, and the song is an attempt to poke some fun toward this group of ‘posers.’
Personally, I just don’t get the appeal. This is obviously a dance song with the horse-riding esque-dance move that comes along with it, but for some reason, it still plays on the radio. Not only am I never trying to listen to “Gangnam Style,” but I’m definitely not trying to listen to it while I’m driving down the road. The only time that this song is perhaps somewhat appropriate to listen to would be when you’re at the bar, and even then, it is still questionable. I understand that peeps like to dance, but really people, didn’t Will Smith basically already do this move to “Jump On It” during a Fresh Prince episode? And let’s be honest, he did it way better.
Do people actually sing along with this song? No. I’m fairly certain the only words that any person really knows are “Hey, sexy lady” through the end of the chorus. The instrumental part is nothing special, either.
America loves a good dance song. “Cupid’s Shuffle” was a major hit when it first came out, and we can’t forget the “YMCA.” This song is just one of those that will be a trend for a while until another obnoxious, dance driven single blows up our airwaves.