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“Gangnam Style” proven to pacify toddlers
Move over “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” There’s a new lullaby climbing to the top of the children’s charts.
Babies far and wide are getting down to the “Gangnam Style.” In fact, YouTube’s summer smash hit may be the newest generation’s greatest pacifier.
Thanks to a New York Daily News report, the world has now been tipped to the fact that PSY’s “Gangnam Style”—that intergalactically awesome, techno-infused K-pop hit that’s received more than 300 million YouTube views—has legitimate pacifying powers. The report points to two different videos in which babies straight up stop crying every time the hard-charging beat starts playing.
The first case found involves a West Virginian baby named Claire Bowman, who can’t seem to chill out until her father’s buddy Eric Ramsey queues up “Gangnam Style” on his computer.
“I had the idea to play the song to calm her down,” Ramsey told the NYDN. “When I turned it off, she started crying again. So I turned it back on.”
The second instance finds 10-month-old Benjamin Tsai crying in his father Andrew’s face while Andrew tries to feed him some mushed vegetables that I surely wouldn’t want to eat if I was him, either.
He’s crying, freaking out, denying the spoon from getting anywhere near his mouth. That is, until his dad decides to press press play on “Gangnam Style.”
After that, little Benjamin’s as peaceful as they come, and more than content to eat all the mush his dad wants to throw in his face.
What’s this mean for “Gangnam Style?” Hard to tell.
What’s it mean for babies? It means it’s time to stop crying. “Gangnam Style”‘s going nowhere.
The real question, however, is what does this new revelation mean for the lullabies adults grew up on? Like “Rock-a-bye Baby” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
It means there’s a new song in town, PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” and that song’s gonna horsey-ride its way all the way to the top of the baby-soothing charts.
Photo via Andrew Tsai/YouTube
Chase Hoffberger reported on YouTube, web culture, and crime for the Daily Dot until 2013, when he joined the Austin Chronicle. Until late 2018, he served as that paper’s news editor and reported on criminal justice and politics.