THE WORST SONG EVER

Friday” is a song by American recording artist Rebecca Black, written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. It was released as a single on March 14, 2011 by Ark Music Factory as Black’s debut single.[3]

The music video for the song became a viral hit due to criticism of the song’s lyrics, the use of Auto-Tune on Black’s vocals, and the content of the video. On March 11, 2011, the video’s view count on YouTube was still about 4,000. As of April 14, 2011, the video had amassed over 102 million views, 2.1 million comments, and 2 million “dislikes”.[4] Since the growth in popularity of the song and video, there have been numerous parody videos and remixes.[5][6] Forbes stated that the notoriety of the song is another sign of the power of social media – specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, in this instance – in the ability to create “overnight sensations.”[7][8] Despite the scathing reviews, pop music celebrities Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, and Simon Cowell have supported Black.

“Friday” uses the 50s progression, an I-vi-IV-V chord progression that hundreds of popular songs have used such as “Heart and Soul” and “Unchained Melody“. According to Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times, the familiar structure contributes to the song’s catchiness, making it an “earworm“.[16] In a review for Rolling Stone, writer Matthew Perpetua described the vocals as having “a peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics,” adding that the tone in the refrain “sounds unlike anything else in pop music.” He noted the sound as being not entirely agreeable to listen to, but states that Black ultimately ends up “sounding like a distinct singer with an alluring sort of anti-charisma.”[8] The lyrics of the song speak about “hanging out with friends and having fun.”[17] Paul Asay of Plugged In noted that lyrics reflect the happenings of a day like eating breakfast and going to school.[18] “She’s excited ’cause it’s Friday. Which means a weekend full of possibility awaits,” he concluded.[18]

The song has received almost universally negative reviews. Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! Music asked if it could be “the worst song ever.”[24] On March 29, 2011, it surpassed Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” as the most disliked YouTube video, with 1.19 million negative votes.[25][26] The co-writer and producer of “Friday”, Clarence Jey said about the song that “the concept we feel seems to have crossed a lot of boundaries, for the better or worse.”[10] Observers have called it “bizarre,” “inept,” and “hilariously dreadful.”[27][28][29] The song and singer were “savaged” on social networks across the Internet,[30] while being seen as a “YouTube laughing stock.”[6]

Kevin Rutherford, a columnist for Billboard magazine, wrote, “Black’s video for ‘Friday’ is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don’t know where to begin. From the singing straight out of Auto-Tuned hell to lyrics such as ‘Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards / I don’t want this weekend to end’ and a hilariously bad rap about passing school buses, ‘Friday’ is something that simply must be seen and heard to be fully appreciated.”[31] Many other reviewers also singled out the lyrics in particular for criticism,[32][33] which were described as “overly simple and repetitive” by TNT Magazine.[34] Jim Edwards of BNET and Doug Gross of CNN both noted that the rap break from the considerably older rapper was “creepy.”[35][36] Time ranked it number two on a list of “Top 10 Songs with Silly Lyrics.”[37][38]

LYRICS:

(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
Rebecca Black Friday lyrics found on http://www.directlyrics.com/rebecca-black-friday-lyrics.html

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

[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

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