Once a year or so, a super-mainstream pop song manages to defy all logic, completely endear itself to me and lodge its overblown, Auto-Tuned self squarely in my cerebral cortex. I'm usually a few months late to the game (I somehow managed to not hear Rihanna's 2007 smash earworm “Umbrella” all the way through until sometime this year) but when I fall, I fall hard.
I seem to be right on time with my latest fixation, though: Beyonce
's “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” just came out last month, and my first exposure to it was when she appeared on Saturday Night Live
last week to promote her new album, I Am... Sasha Fierce
. I don't know who or what Sasha Fierce is, but I don't care. This song is amazing, and here are the seven things I love most about it.
7. The Saturday Night Live sketch it spawned
Starring Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan and Justin Timberlake, it was inarguably the greatest combination of a female pop superstar, goofy male comedians and black Lycra since Wayne Campbell dreamed himself into Madonna's "Justify My Love" video. Sadly, if you missed it last week, all you can get now is this incredibly bootleg, fourteen-second YouTube clip.
6. The ladies-only band that played it live on SNL
I'd have rather seen more of the two (two!) drummers and their badass choreographed armwork than Beyonce's backup dancers (her actual ones, this time), but yeah, even that token white girl rocked it. Apologies if NBC's yanked this video in the meantime, too.
“Ifyoulikeitthenyoushouldaputaringonit!” It's so fun to sing it over and over and over again. Without breathing. Uh-ah-oh!
4. Its potential for indie rock covers
I'll regret this in two months when the blogosphere is exploding with them, but damn, I can't wait for that first one. Grizzly Bear? Cat Power? Any takers?
3. That hands-only dance
Finally, some moves even the non-bootylicious
among us can get behind.
2. That Buzz Lightyear reference on the bridge
Listen for yourself right here (but don't blame me when it's still stuck in your head at Christmas):