Song of the Day #779: ‘Baby’ – Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris

While looking for clips for my Shakira theme week, I came across her video for a song called ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).’ It was written for the World Cup, which I’d probably know if I had been able to watch more than 30 seconds of the World Cup without wanting to gouge my eyes out from boredom.

Seriously, I can watch golf or tennis for hours at a time, but soccer (sorry, football) works on me like anesthesia.

What’s most bizarre is the dichotomy between the brain-numbing quality of the “action” on the field as compared to the unbridled hysteria of the most ardent fans. I mean, golf is boring… sure it is. But have you ever seen a golf fan painted head to toe tearing apart a metal barricade with his teeth because his favorite player almost got a hole in one? Jesus. But I digress.

I read that (because of this irrational hysteria for all things World Cup) Shakira’s video for ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ is now the third most-watched music video in the history of YouTube, with more than 150 million views and counting.

That of course prompted the question: what are the first and second most-watched music videos on YouTube? Well, number two is Lady GaGa’s ‘Bad Romance’ (featured on the blog back in April), with 261 million views.

And number one… well, the title of this post gave it away awhile ago. Yes, Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby,’ clocking in at an insane 285 million views as I type this (with many more to come, no doubt). This is not just the most-watched music video on YouTube, but the most-watched video period.

This fact, and its implications for society, would depress me if I didn’t know that it’s largely the result of every tween in America watching the video 5,000 times. I suspect both the Lady GaGa and Shakira videos have been watched by more individuals than has the Bieber video.

Despite its apparent ubiquity, I’d never heard this song in full before today. And I hope to never hear it again. I just want to slap this kid and take his lunch money. Which probably amounts to about $15 billion.

In case you’re curious, here are the music videos that round out the top ten:

1. Justin Bieber – Baby
2. Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
3. Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
4. Miley Cyrus – Party in the U.S.A.
5. Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
6. Miley Cyrus – Seven Things
7. Lady GaGa – Just Dance
8. Miley Cyrus – The Climb
9. Vanessa Hudgens – Say OK
10. Rihanna – Rude Boy

Ohh wooaah
You know you love me, I know you care
Just shout whenever, and I’ll be there
You want my love, you want my heart
And we will never ever ever be apart

Are we an item? Girl, quit playing
We’re just friends, what are you saying?
Said there’s another, look right in my eyes

My first love broke my heart for the first time,
And I was like
Baby, baby, baby ohhh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby, baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine mine

For you, I would have done whatever
And I just can’t believe we ain’t together
And I wanna play it cool, But I’m losin’ you
I’ll buy you anything, I’ll buy you any ring
And I’m in pieces, baby fix me
And just shake me til’ you wake me from this bad dream

I’m going down, down, down, dooown
And I just cant believe my first love would be around

And I’m like
Baby, baby, baby ohh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby, baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #779: ‘Baby’ – Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris

  1. Amy says:

    Not sure what sort of response today’s entry warrants, but I have to say that I find it just as odd that both Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have two songs/videos each on this list. Are people watching it to download it? Just “watching” it because they like the song and are actually really just listening to it? Or are they sitting there glued to the screen while the images pour forth? Is any one of these videos so inventive to deserve that sort of attention?

    As for Justin and “Baby” – eh. I find it an innocuous pop song, one that certainly doesn’t make me want to slap the kid. Have you ever seen the much watched “I love Justin Bieber” video? Now that one makes me violent. I want to yank the video camera out of that mother’s hands and call child protective services.

  2. Clay says:

    Actually, Miley has three videos in the top ten. My guess is kids in that demographic pretty much live online, so YouTube is how they listen to these songs (whether they’re watching them or not).

    I agree, the “I love Justin Bieber” video is beyond disturbing.

  3. Dana says:

    Look, I’m not a fan of this kid, but then again, I’m not really a fan of much bubble gum pop music. What surprises me, though, is your vitriol for him and this song. I mean, really, is this song so different than what Hanson was pumping out? Or, for that matter, the Jackson 5 back in the day?

    I’ve heard Bieber sing live, on SNL, among other places, and the kid happens to have a naturally good voice and a pretty keen pop sensibility. Again, not my cup of tea, but there is much evidence on this blog to suggest that, save for the knee jerk reaction to his overwhelming popularity (and the absurd acts of his fans), you might actually like his music.

  4. Clay says:

    I just can’t get into an 11-year-old posing as some kind of mack daddy. His music might be fine (though I don’t like this song, the only one of his I’ve heard) but his demeanor rubs me the wrong way.

  5. pegclifton says:

    I was wondering what all the madness was about with him. He just played here at a state fair, and you would have thought Jesus Christ was coming. Oh well, guess if you’re a tween or the parent of one, you would understand 🙂

  6. Maddie says: i kinda feel the same about Justin as Charlie does… that is to say I enjoy some of his songs and find it amusing how many girls actually call his baby face “hot”, but in general i’m not a very big fan of his…

  7. Amy says:

    I’m with Maddie. In a perfect universe, Charlie would be a much bigger star than Justin Bieber! 🙂

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