‘The Harlem Shake’: Nothing to get shook up over

“Harlem Shake” is everywhere. Or, at least, the “dance” is, if you can call it that.

Actually, the song and the dance have a lot in common. The song isn’t as much of a song as it is a collection of noises; the dance isn’t as much of a dance as it a collection of random movements in rhythm with those strange noises. Neither is catchy, and neither is remotely memorable.

Everything about the song, currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, just screams one-hit wonder. That is, if you even know who performs the song (some person named Baauer). Unlike most one-hitters, though, I’m not even sure why people like this song.

Five years from now, maybe less (acutally, likely less), people will look back upon this moment in pop culture and say “Remember that?” just like we do with past overplayed “hits” like “Who Let the Dogs Out” and “Macarena.”

So do yourself a favor, and do not do the “Harlem Shake.”

Rating: 1/2 star out of 5

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Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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