Well the world got the chance to hear about another day of the week this Saturday, as Rebecca Black’s “Saturday” quickly reached over 11 million views in a few days, but how does it compare to her mega smash hit “Friday?” I’ll break down the two biggest songs about the days of the week in an effort to find the true winner of the weekend.
1. The Videos
Friday: Who could forget this visual masterpiece? I mean we open up with an educational calendar explaining the days of the week, and then we get a chance to see someone’s typical morning routine. Not only that but we are introduced to the magic of green screen allowing 12 year olds to drive convertibles, and are introduced to the creepiest rapper of all time who only raps on music videos that feature 13 year old girls.
Saturday: This is actually a pretty decently shot music video. There’s a bunch of references to the music video from “Friday” while still looking like a pretty typical current music video. I could do without the worthless cell phone conversations, but hey we get a glimpse at a real convertible driving without a green screen, and at the end we see a version of that creepy rapper getting arrested. I’m guessing it was for being a pedophile.
Winner: Saturday. Saturday wins because at the end they put that guy behind bars for starting this whole thing.
2. The “Rap”
Friday: The “raper” who raps on Friday sounds like an alien would sound like trying to rap after only observing it and being here for a short time. I’ll give him generic rap props for mentioning the artist at the beginning, but it’s all downhill from there. Here are the lyrics broken down in written form. They are even sadder when you see them written out like this.
R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all
There’s never been more of a focus on the difference between the front and back seats in any other song.
Saturday: Well I don’t know if I would really call it a rap, but it’s definitely someone else who is featured on the track. He doesn’t do a much better job rhyming than the raper in “Friday,” as he manages to barely rhyme two out of the five lines with the other three being highly debatable.
Rolling up, I’m on the scene
Want you here right next to me
Yeah, cause this is our night
Ain’t got no deadlines
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
I will say he has a pretty good voice, but fails to really bring me any entertainment value to the song.
Winner: Everyone else who is literate –
It’s not that hard to rhyme you see
Watch as I do it effortlessly
Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white
Just rhyme some words and you’ll be alright
3. The Verses
Friday: We get instructions on how to start our day, and are left with one of the greatest questions known to mankind which is not “what’s the meaning of life,” but rather, “which seat can I take?” The second verse reassures us that she’s got this, we’ve got this, and now we know it, whatever that means. Then we’re left again though with that question “which seat is she going to take!?”
Saturday: The verses in “Saturday” actually sound like a real song this time instead of a robot explaining their morning routine. We also aren’t left with the burning question of which seat she’s going to take. In “Saturday” she later explains that “yesterday was Friday” which just goes to correctly prove the saying that states, “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” Rebecca also throws in a pop song staple mentioning that “we gonna party all night” and “we gonna live like there’s no tomorrow.” Listen pop song writers: Stop saying we might not see tomorrow. You’re encouraging people to shrug off their responsibilities, be reckless, and you’re getting people pregnant. Furthermore, I’ve seen tomorrow every day since I’ve been alive.
Winner: Saturday – It sounds kind of like a real song this time.
4. The Chorus/Hook
Winner: Friday – Hands down I think “Friday” wins this one. She screams it at us in a weird catchy way that we’ll never be able to get out of our heads. “Saturday” may be easier to listen to and easier on the brain, but it’s not as catchy.
5. The Lyrics
Friday “Friday” count – 27. The word Friday is mentioned 27 times in this song including one from the featured raper.
Friday Partying count – 17. Partying is mentioned 17 times in this song which proves that Rebecca Black really does get down on Fridays.
Saturday Party count – 5 is all? Apparently Rebecca has cut down on her partying since Friday. I wonder what really went down on Friday.
Saturday “Saturday” count – 30. With the echoes I counted 30 times beating what was once thought an unbreakable 27 Fridays.
Saturday “Friday” mentions — 3. They say Friday on the song “Saturday” 3 more times, bringing Friday’s total to 30 as well.
Winner: Friday – It was almost poetic that each day would’ve received exactly 30 mentions between the two songs but then I recalled the mention of Saturday on the song “Friday.” So close. Friday wins this round though because there’s way more partying on Friday.
Overall Winner: America – It’s because we live in America that we are able to write, read, and debate topics as insignificant as this. God Bless America.