Rebecca Black’s Friday: A decade and 520 Fridays Later

Rebecca Black in the music video for Friday in 2011

About a decade ago, Rebecca Black had a dilemma in picking what seat she should take to ride around with her friends.

Rebecca Black’s Friday was a viral sensation. I always loved the song, and it’s time for everyone to do some admitting and confessing that the song was actually a bop. Friday garnered the attention of the world so effortlessly. A Lot of attention that the single was getting, wasn’t the best. While the song stuck the landing of one of the most influential songs during the year, it also has been called the worst song ever. If not familiar with this whole Friday song, the original came out 10 years ago.

The song had extremely basic lyrics like:

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday

Today it is Friday, Friday

Tomorrow is Saturday

And Sunday comes afterwards

I don’t want this weekend to end.

Despite the obvious point out of the day of the week, the lyrics were one of the key factors that caused the song to go viral. Also with the constant repetition of the word, Friday! There is something catchy about Friday that keeps you coming back for more. The song was everywhere and because it’s been running through your brain for hours and you hope that.

Besides being looked at as the “worst song ever” it actually may need to make a comeback to save the day. We could use a refresher during the time of a pandemic. She’s a girl who knows her days and decided to sing about it. Recalling what day it is during a period of quarantine has become an extreme sport. Is it Monday? or is it Tuesday? Our days and calendars have become a serving of alphabet soup filled with random days.

Also the lyrics are what made it organic. It was the only thing real about the song, oh and her friends. The song was filled with auto tune toning down, Black’s child-like voice and nasally sound. The music video was somewhere stuck between this amateur yet professional look.

Being one of the biggest viral phenomenons in the 2000’s, it is worth being looked at.

If the stats are needed to back up the credibility to be notable, Black’s song had a 6 week-long run on Billboard hot 100! So this 13 year old goes viral, becomes a meme, and has a billboard record… but when it came out this wasn’t looked at as such.

Going through a lot of hurt with this situation and song earned her spot in the music industry.

I am praising the song but I think this should be a moment to also praise Rebecca Black. Black became the subject of cyber bullying along with attacking the song. Listeners separated the person from the song, by also attacking Rebecca Black with offensive words.

In this same year the ABC original movie, “Cyberbully” was released. This movie depicted unrealistic ways bullying happens and gives terribly unrealistic messages of what to do when it happens. With the release of Friday, Rebecca Black wasn’t facing anything unrealistic. The cyber bullying that she endured was real. This song was a source of pain for Rebecca Black. Now it is a hub for reflection.

“Above all things, I just wish I could go back and talk to my 13-year-old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world. To my 15-year-old self who felt like she had nobody to talk to about the depression she faced. To my 17-year-old self who would get to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends.”

People’s views of the song over the past decade has definitely changed. The song is not being looked at anymore whether it is good or bad, but a representation of many things. Rebecca Black recently released a remix to Friday. Yes a remix.. I was excited to see this especially to see that it featured Big Freedia and 3oh3! Friday was never a deep song in itself but the remix from the video to the lyrics to the sound, do show a special ode and meaning to the original version.

Rebecca Black took a song that brought so much pain, and uses it as a backbone to things that are of value to her. Black has created a genius robotic piece that took time to be understood. Even with the simple lyrics, the song turned out to give off a deeper meaning.