14 Reasons Why Rebecca Black’s Song “Friday” is So Absurd, Which Therefore Made It Popular (Plus, All the Lyrics to the Song)

New formula for musical success: Over-pronounce your words, over-explain your actions, take time to figure out where to sit, and make a nonsensical video.

Trivia: Despite the speculation that Rebecca Black is part African-American, she is actually Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English.  Rebecca Black is not “black”.

If you haven’t watched 13 year-old Rebecca Black’s music video for “Friday” yet, the bad news is you are simply out of touch.  But the good new is, your quality of life can change right now- the video is posted at the very bottom of this post. However, my purpose for writing this today isn’t to introduce anyone to something they should already know about, but instead, to dissect the oddity of “Friday” in order to discover why the song and video became an overnight viral sensation.

Obviously, for us adults, the appeal of the song has much to do with how nontraditional and off-the-wall it is.  Granted, 13 year-old kids may actually think it’s normal; for all I know.  What makes “Friday” so uber quirky?

Bizarre Elements of “Friday” by Rebecca Black:

1. Rebecca takes the time to tell us that she will eat cereal for breakfast.  No one has ever done that before in a hit song before.  Ever.

2. She goes to the bus stop to catch the bus for school, yet her (older) friends come to pick her up in a convertible.

3. She has to decide whether to sit in the front seat or the back seat, though there is clearly already another girl sitting in the front seat who would have to move to the back seat to make room for Rebecca.  Also, the boy in the back seat with bangs is clearly motioning for her to sit next to him.  So, there’s ready nothing to decide: Just sit in the back seat and be glad you didn’t have to take the bus.

4. Once the chorus kicks in, it’s pretty hard to deny that the melody to the beginning of the chorus, “Friday, Friday…”, sounds a lot like “baby, baby…” of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”.

5. The tone to her voice when she sings the chorus sounds like she’s a villain on a Muppet musical.

6. It’s interesting that there are so many parties for 13 year-old suburban girls to go to every single weekend.

7. If you have to sing “fun, fun, fun…”, is it really that much fun or is it kinda like when people just scream and cheer when the lead singer of a rock band asks the audience if they’re having a good time?

8. The video was pretty decently produced for a song referencing cereal.

9. The bridge of the song explains that Saturday and Sunday come after Friday and that Friday comes after Thursday.

10. She sings, “we, we, we so excited”.  To make better use of her syllables and grammar, she could have sang “we are just so excited”, but chose not to.

11. There is a 40 year-old rapper (named Patrice Wilson) who evidently knows Rebecca and shows up at her parties.  Is he a clown hired to entertain the 13 year-old kids at the party? Like a “balloon artist”?

12. The same 40 year-old rapper explains that he drives in the fast lane, then immediately complains that he is passed by a school bus which slows him down. How in the world does that happen on a road with two lanes going in the same direction?!

13. Rebecca ponders a 2nd time whether she should sit in the front or back seat, but this time, she is already sitting in the back seat and the car is already moving, fast.

14. The camera pans again to the lonesome 40 year-old rapper who is unexplainably happy to be driving.  That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a rapper smile in a music video.  Is he going to the party?  Is that why he’s happy?

Lyrics to “Friday” by Rebecca Black:

(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Rebecca Black - Verse 1]

7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

[Rebecca Black - Verse 2]

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, think about fun
You know what it is
I got this, you got this
My friend is by my right
I got this, you got this
Now you know it

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

[Chorus]

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

[Bridge]

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today

Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after…wards
I don’t want this weekend to end

[Rap Verse]

R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all

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4 thoughts on “14 Reasons Why Rebecca Black’s Song “Friday” is So Absurd, Which Therefore Made It Popular (Plus, All the Lyrics to the Song)”

  1. So many “interesting” elements to this song and video that are rightfully dissected in this post. Thanks! If it’s really this easy to come up with a 30+ million-hits-on-YouTube-and-turn-that-into-cash song, we should meet this weekend and make a song about something.

  2. Bahaha just so you know, I was reading this at the library and got many stares because I was laughing so loud. I couldn’t really figure out why I thought this song was so hilarious, but now I know! Thank you!

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