So everybody’s talking about the sudden popularity of sea shanties and I have a theory about something that’s been overlooked

namely, a couple of viral antecedents
One is from a video game: the insanely catchy “Keep Your Rifle By Your Side,” from FAR CRY 5.
The other is from a TV show: HBO’s THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES earworm “Misbehavin’.”
You will note these songs have some things in common:

1) they are melodic, not beat-centered
2) they are catchy
3) they are fun to sing
4) they are produced by ingroup as examples of things that outgroup likes: one is designed to be scary, the other cringe
but here’s the thing:

they were made by ingroup to be ironic fun for ingroup, mocking outgroup

...but the ingroup audience discovered *they actually loved these songs.*
I have been thinking for a while that this heralds a change in pop music.

People are starved for songs with catchy melodies they can actually sing.

Sea shanties fit the bill.

So which pop label will capitalize and give the people what they’re hungry for? Time’s a-wasting.

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