Gangnam Style (강남스타일) - Single
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Even if you still haven’t heard “Gangnam Style,” there's more than a good chance you've heard of the worldwide smash single. Released by South Korean rapper PSY in July 2012, the song’s hyper-produced YouTube video reached 470 million hits just four months later. But even though many people learned about PSY due to the overnight sensation of “Gangnam Style,” it's actually the first single from his sixth studio album, PSY's Best 6th Part 1. According to Time, the song title refers to the "lavish lifestyles in Seoul's Gangnam district." But PSY’s take on that wealthy, trendy neighborhood of Seoul is solely tongue-in-cheek. Over thumping techno beats and sinewy synthesizer tones, his Korean rhymes compare Gangnam to Beverly Hills. But as the song progresses, Korean-fluent listeners will understand that PSY isn’t poking fun of actual Gangnam locals; he’s heckling the tourists and Gangnam wannabes who identify with the area’s penchant for posh taste and retail therapy. And it’s very catchy.
World music infiltration!!!!! Finally!!
I've been listening to foreign language music since I was 16 and became quad-lingual.
As a music fan I was always enjoying what other countries and languages had to offer with their artists and songs and found it very refreshing then some of the repetitive stuff I got on the radio.
I always hoped that one day it could be possible for songs regardless of language to make it into the English/north American mainstream.
I'm glad this full Korean version made it through, and I hope people use this as an avenue to discover new music and to keep bringing into our English top 100.
There are some very beautiful foreign songs out there.
One of the worst things I have ever heard
I am ashamed this is a hit of my teenage years
Psy for President!
The number 1 song of the year in official single quality! A MUST BUY! Even though Gangnam Style album edition is #5 in canada, buy this version as well! The song has 130 million views for a reason!!
Born: December 31, 1977 in South Korea
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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