Weekly Spotify guest starring Keanu Reaves

April Fools! Sorry to disappoint but Keanu Reaves is not a part of this April Fools’ Day tracklist.


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By Northern Star Staff

Editor’s Note: This is a piece of parody. Take everything in this piece with a large amount of caution. 

As much as we all love sad, heartbreaking music, sometimes it’s nice to just shut your brain off and laugh. Here are some of the funniest songs to listen to this April Fool’s Day.

Sarah’s picks

  1. Larray – “Canceled”
  2. Jake Paul, Team 10 – “It’s Everyday Bro”
  3. SpongeBob SquarePants – “SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song”

As a YouTuber, influencer and former member of TikTok’s Hype House, it’s hard to not recognize Larray, especially after he dropped his 2020 song “Canceled” that blew up on TikTok. His song isn’t the worst to come out of a young social media influencer, but it certainly isn’t great. “Canceled” does what the title suggests: Larray cancels influencers such as Noah Beck, Nikita Dragun, James Charles and Shane Dawson by singing about their scandals and controversies. The song is fun and comedic and may entertain listeners with what Larray has to say. The most surprising aspect of this song is the music video, where Larray managed to get some of the influencers he “cancels” in his video such as James Charles, the Dolan twins and Addison Rae. 

The award for worst song ever created by a social media influencer goes to Jake Paul for his monstrosity “It’s Everyday Bro.” I can’t lie, I was blasting this in my room when it came out in 2017, but now I look back on my enjoyment with shame. In short, Paul tries rapping about his rise to fame on YouTube, his love for Team 10 and his catchphrase “it’s everyday bro.” Beside the repetitive, electronic beats and rhyming, the song is not memorable and only got famous because teenagers thought it was good.

The “SpongeBob SquarePants” theme song symbolizes the joys of childhood. This is one of the only songs that’s ingrained in my head after watching the show every morning before school. The question “Are you ready, kids?” in the beginning, asked by the pirate in the picture, gives off an interactive, adventurous vibe. Even though he’s not a “SpongeBob” character, he’s one of the most iconic and recognizable figures in cartoon history. By the end of it, you’ll want to be living in a pineapple under the sea. 

Daniel’s picks

  1. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
  2. Iceboy Ben – “Sussy Baka”
  3. Yugo Kanno – “il vento d’oro”

Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up” has achieved legendary status in the world of meme culture as a direct result of the practice of online trolling known as “Rickrolling.” The song is easily the most recognizable from Astley’s catalog that’s characterized by a bass that has a tone that is almost electronic and Astley’s voice which is deep and smooth like caramel. Astley expresses his love and devotion to the woman who has caught his eye in this infectious tune. The music video for the song is just as iconic thanks to it being, as stated earlier, used to troll people online via fake videos or online links that seem legit. Don’t worry though; that isn’t the case on this weekly Spotify. Any hopeless romantic can definitely draw a lick of relation to Astley listening to this song as they get jiggy or trolled. 

“Sussy Baka” is a term described in the Oxford Dictionary as someone acting in a foolish or ridiculous manner. It’s also the definition of Iceboy Ben’s single of the same name. 90% of the lyrics in this song are “sussy baka.” “Among Us” fans will raise a Liquid Death water and nod in delight to this fire anthem as it shows the pure sussyness (totally a real word, FYI) thanks to it’s Grammy-worthy instrumentals. Iceboy Ben’s vocals are soothing, constantly clipping his audio singing his heart out into his $50 Logitech microphone. Truly a piece of musical work for the ages.

“Il Vento D’oro” by Yugo Kanno is more than just a “JoJo” reference – it’s a “JoJo” masterpiece. The song is best known for its use as the main theme of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.” It carries a strong guitar all throughout the piece. The chorus of the piece features a calling of the main character of “Golden Wind,” Giorno Giovanni. In the show itself, when Giorno has the upper hand, the theme blares loudly as we watch him prevail against the evildoers of the world. 

Nick’s picks

  1. Kahoot! – “The 20 Second Answer Medley”
  2. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
  3. John Cage – “4’33””

The Kahoot! music is one of the most well-known soundtracks of our generation. “The 20 Second Answer Medley” may be the most recognizable audio content from the 2010s. The song’s rhythmic percussion pairs well with the orchestral and synth counter-rhythms. The song flows through different themes throughout its 89-second run time. The drop that brings the listener back to the main theme is one of the best in the online quiz-game canon. Kahoot! is one of the best companies when it comes to producing compelling, interesting and entertaining music, and “The 20 Second Answer Medley” is certainly no exception.

Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” was one of the most known internet trends of the early 2010s. During the intro of the music video, people would be acting normally, but all of a sudden, when the bass dropped, the video would cut to everyone wearing outrageous clothing, doing even crazier dances and having fun. The trend started in 2013 and is one of the first major internet trends that reflects the internet culture we know today. The song itself features a heavy 808 bass and is full of EDM inspired drops and melodies. The song’s rapid rhythmic structure aids its super danceable feel. 

“4’33”” is a masterpiece of the minimalist movement that emerged in the early 1960s. Black Mountain College, where John Cage taught, was known for its innovative push in all art forms. Inspired by the all-white paintings of Robert Rauschenberg, Cage decided to create a work that was all background noise. “4’33”,” also called four minutes and 33 seconds, is a piece that is four minutes and 33 seconds of silence. The music is actually what is happening around the listener. Each creak of a chair, each loud sigh, every single sound in the room is the song.