Unless you live under a rock (or don't allow your kids to have screen time) then you've probably heard the song 'Baby Shark.' If by some miracle you haven't then consider yourself lucky. The song is adorable and fun for little kids, but like many other kid's songs, it's super catchy. That means, if you've heard it once, you will find yourself singing it while you're washing the dishes, or driving alone in your car, or taking a shower. Basically, no one is safe from this ear worm. Now, the song is taking over the internet; people have now created the 'Baby Shark Dance Challenge' because that's how the internet works.
'Baby Shark' isn't a new song; it's actually been around since 2014. Created by Korean YouTube channel Pinkfong, it was re-released in 2016, and that's when it started to gain some traction. But it really found its footing in 2017 and since then it's just blown up.
The obsession started last September, and hold on to your hats, the video has been viewed 3.3 billion times on YouTube. That isn't a typo, it has actually been viewed 3.3 billion times. Another video featuring two kids dancing to the song has been viewed 1.6 billion times. BILLION. The Independent also reported that the video is now listed as one of the Top 40 most watched videos in YouTube history.
Here's why the song is getting so much play; it's unforgettable. It has a tune that is easy to remember, and because it's made for kids, the lyrics are simple. "Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo." How can you forget something like that? And on top of that, the song goes through Baby Shark's entire family, including Mommy Shark, Grandma Shark, and Grandpa Shark. It's basically the 'Finger Family' song but with sharks.
But unlike that 'Finger Family' song, 'Baby Shark' has transcended the preschool set. Adults have taken the song and run with it in their own original ways. Because this is the summer of the viral song and dance craze, people have taken 'Baby Shark' and given it the same treatment as Drake's 'In My Feelings,' namely, dancing to the song while in a car.
But some people have taken it and made it their own.
Either way, it doesn't look like 'Baby Shark' is going anywhere any time soon. And as many parents know, eventually every kid's song will push you over the edge.