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"It's Fry-ee-day, Fry-ee-day, gotta get down on Fry-ee-day..."
Rebecca Black

"Friday" is a pop song performed by Rebecca Black, released in February 2011 and going viral shortly thereafter.

The song is about a girl celebrating the fact that it's Friday. And eating cereal. And choosing between the front and back seats of her friends' car when there's only a seat in the back open. And listing the days of the week, before some random guy starts rapping about passing a school bus.

We'd say It Makes Sense in Context, but it doesn't.

Originally the obscure product of a Vanity Studio called ARK Music Factory, the song became viral due to its infectious beat, gratuitous use of Auto-Tune, mind-numbingly bland melody, and amusing lyrics, all ARK Music Factory's own fault. Specific outlets credited with boosting the song's notoriety include Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax comedian Michael J. Nelson, and the Tosh.0 blog.

The original video was taken down from YouTube in June-July 2011 due to a copyright claim by Black herself. As of September 16 that year (a Friday, appropriately), the video has been restored on Black's official YouTube channel.

Because the song and its video were effectively the product of ARK Music Factory, both are ultimately just brief blips on Black's early career, who would spend the next decade maturing and developing herself as a mostly independent artist. With her name still being attached to "Friday" by 2021, she released a 10-year anniversary remix featuring 3OH!3, Dorian Electra, Big Freedia, and produced by Dylan Brady of 100 gecs. With the remix this time intentionally taking everything obnoxiously poppy about the original track and cranking it up to the max, indebted to a new sonic direction inspired by hyperpop (with all of the featured artists being popular in the genre), the remix gained surprisingly positive reception from fans and critics alike, so it appears like she got the last laugh on the matter.

Not to be confused with "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry, whose video features Black.

Tropes associated with this song:

  • Aborted Arc: Enforced: Rebecca's quest to catch the bus ends around 2 seconds in, when her friends show up in a car. She later said that there wasn't enough money to rent a bus for the video.
  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable:
    • Happens with a few words, in particular "Par-tee-ing"
    • "Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereAL"
    • "Tomorrow is Sat-UR-day, and Sunday comes afterWAAAAAARDS"
  • Ascended Extra: Benni Cinkle, the girl in pink/friend on the right has a couple of songs out too.

Tropes associated with the 2021 remix: