The Korean hit single, “Gangnam Style” by PSY was released July 15. Not only is the song catchy, but the upbeat, energetic tune also makes you want to get up and perform the routine from the music video.
Only later I had discovered the power of this Korean pop song. Not only had the “Gangnam Style” video sprouted popularity among American teen culture, but it also inspired flash mobs in cities around the world, featured in international media and shared on the internet by various celebrities.
“Gangnam Style” quickly toppled the music charts and crushed Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” It’s fascinating to see that a song whose lyrics make almost no coherent sense to much of its audience could be capable of such popularity worldwide. The song is proof that we don’t need to understand the lyrics of songs in order to enjoy them, and this is also a reason why teens were so easily influenced by this song.
Although many find this song over-played and cheesy, it’s hard to resist the catchy tune and infectious rhythm. “Gangnam Style” deserves a full five out of five stars for captivating such a massive audience with its components of oddity and humor.