One of my first jobs ever was at a minor league baseball stadium as a cook. My boss was pretty cool and let me play my music to get through our work day.
The playlist was mostly pretty good, had some throwbacks, but mostly new music. Everybody was usually pretty happy with my song choices, I didn't have too many complaints.
There was one song however that was polarizing. I would either see a huge smile on my coworkers faces, or I would hear loud grunts followed by "This song again?!"
But no matter how much they complained, every Friday right before the gates opened, I would blast this one song and sing it at full volume. As time went on, I got a lot of my coworkers to sing along with me.
It was a way to get everyone excited for work, and people still tell me to this day that they remember hearing that song every Friday and actually feeling a certain nostalgia when they think about it.
Social media was still in it's infantile stages, so going viral really meant something different. When you went viral, you were the only thing everyone was talking about. And even though Rebecca Black's "Friday" came out in 2011, it still remains one of the most viral moments of the 2010's.
This was full of bubble-gum lyrics, and sounded like something you freestyle with your kids when you're trying to get them ready for school. Yet, those lyrics captivated people for the whole decade. Helping her to 140 million views on YouTube, and who knows how many plays on MySpace in its day.
We're going to rank those squeaky-clean lyrics because it seems like the right thing to do.
I'm sure you guys have heard the song by now, but if you haven't here it is.
It's Friday, Friday
This is a fact. Who isn't ever looking forward to the weekend? Even if you work on the weekends, there's just always a lot more going on during the weekend.
But especially for a 13 year old kid. High school is probably the last time you really had little to no responsibilities, so the weekend was literally all you were looking forward too.
This is probably the actual best bar of the song because you could see this being used in any huge pop song. A song based around Friday's could easily be a hit if some mainstream pop singer like Drake made it.
I see my friends
First of all, you're going to take whichever seat is available. If you have people in the front seat, you're getting the back seat, unless you just bully someone out of that front seat. And that would be fucked up, because that's your friend.
And it just reminds us how indecisive teenagers are. They can't even choose a damn seat in a car that has one seat available. So damn spoiled.
In the video, she makes her way to the back seat and rides in the middle. Which brings us to the next best line.
I got this, you got this
Probably the most empty lyrics of the song, yet they still somehow carry an immense amount of weight.
First of all, what is it exactly that I am supposed to have got when she says that we got this? And why must she repeat it? She says that I now know it, but I don't know what the fuck she's talking about ten years later.
Then she says that her friend is by her right. She's not wrong, but I thought her car was full of her friends. Why is just the one girl sitting next to her the only one she is shouting out?
Fun, Fun, Thinkin' bout Fun
WHAT DO I KNOW?!
We, we, we so excited
I just want to know why they felt the need to speak with such improper grammar in this instance.
They could've easily said "We're" instead of "We." But I guess if they did then "We" wouldn't be talking about it.
7 am waking up in the morning
We all remember what it was like getting ready for school. Especially on a Friday in high school. You had to make sure you looked good and was as she says "Fresh."
But the hardest-hitting, most relatable line in the song is "Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal." The fact that she had to let you know the bowl comes first should tell you how serious she takes her morning cereal.
She has one specific bowl that she uses for cereal, and she gotta have it. Cereal goes hard at any time of day, but the fact that she had enough time before going to school to eat her cereal should tell you how excited she was to wake up that Friday morning.
Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Here we are. The best line of the song.
I really don't know where to begin. The fact that they had to clarify the days of the week leaves me astounded to this day.
Unless you're a two year old listening to this song, then you know the days of the week. The whole damn song is about Friday. We know it's Friday. We know the days of the week.
Yet this line may have been the one that really pushed this song into it's viral holiness. It really just goes back to how pure and clean this song is.
It reminds us of everything that is good in the world. A kid who loved Friday's so much that she had to sing about it. My whole goal in life is to love anything as much as 13-year old Rebecca Black loved Friday's.
As much as people loved to hate on this song and this kid when the song came out, everyone knew the words. Not that it was hard, but they still knew them.
It was catchy, it was fun, and totally encapsulated a typical Friday for a young teenager. A certified viral banger.