1 Song, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18.7K Ratings

18.7K Ratings

shikamaru13 ,

For the haters...

This? or Rebecca Black? I mean really, this song is soooooo much better than that and you are sick of the craze? How about the year long ordeal that was 'Friday'?

Anyways, been a big kpop fan for the past year. I'll admit I had never heard of PSY till Gangnam Style but love it and love HIM. The video, dance and song are all awesome! I hope this opens the gateway for more people to find out about kpop in the states. For those of you that like this, maybe try BigBang and 2NE1. I believe 2NE1 is coming to America next year and they will have all english music on that album, so look out for them! In the meantime, enjoy this EPIC song :D

Awzomgirl ,

THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE SONG XD

So catchy and I stayed up til 12 in the morning just listening to this over and over! So fun and has a really awesome beat :) it's my happy song and makes me day feel great. Enjoyable!

I MUST LEARN HOW TO DO THE DANCE.

ryangogn ,

psy-gangnam style

the best song ever!!

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