You’ve heard of one-hit wonders before, and Rebecca Black certainly qualifies as a one-hit wonder.
You may remember back in 2011, a certain song called ‘Friday’ went viral. Not because it was necessarily a great song, but quite the opposite in fact. ‘Friday’ was panned universally by music critics as “the worst song ever.”
With lyrics like, “Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal, Seein’ everything, the time is goin’,” and “Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards,” it definitely wasn’t the most creative song ever written.
The song went viral on social media for its awfulness and the humor of just how bad it was. It became a cultural phenomenon and showed just how influential social media was with popular culture.
The song was sung by a then 13-year-old from California named Rebecca Black after her mother paid $4,000 for an LA music and production company to create a song and music video for her daughter.
The music video on YouTube has over 112 million views and is one of the most disliked or thumbs-downed videos in YouTube history, with over 2 million dislikes. The song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and remained on the charts for six weeks.
Now 20 years old, Rebecca Black is still involved in the music industry and has released a handful of songs since then. She cringes just like the rest of us when it comes to “Friday” but acknowledges that it did open up many doors for her future career.
“That thing happened when I was 13, that was not normal. It was weird!” she said. But the end result has been more good than bad. “I’ve had some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that girls my age would kill for. That me as a 13-year-old would kill for.”
Check out what Rebecca Black thinks of her infamous music video today!