Katy Perry, Millennial Whoop

Capitol Records

Your favorite pop songs might actually be controlling your mind. Kidding, but not. What sort of madness are we talking about? It turns out pop music might be trying to trick you into digging it. You know when a song transitions from lyrics into nonsense "whoa-oh-ooh-oh" chants? If you're a fan of Katy Perry's "California Girls," or Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time," you'll know what we're talking about. It's almost like filler to keep the song going, and it's everywhere. It turns out, those lyrics (if you can call them that) are called the Millennial Whoop and Quartz made a very intriguing video about the subject. Way to go millennials. 

Do you actually vibe with Demi Lovato's "Really Don't Care," or are you being coaxed by the Whoop? It's a question that will haunt you until this music trend ends. Trust us when we say you'll never be able to listen to a song without hearing a bunch of "oh's" and "whoa's" in the mix. Now that it has been pointed out, we wonder if it will start to get annoying. Could this be the beginning of the end? It doesn't look like it. 

The phrase is supposed to make pop songs sound familiar because you've technically heard all that whooping before. If you tend to enjoy songs that contain the Whoop, it might be because the familiarity keeps dragging you into their poppy web. Basically, if the people like it, you shouldn't fix what isn't broken. 

As great as it is, we kind of have to admit that music isn't all that original these days. Those behind the songs we love have figured out a pattern, or formula if you will, for what gets fans to listen. Seriously, count how many songs you hear in the next week that have some variation of the Whoop. You'll start to wonder if you've ever liked them in the first place, or if it's all just an elaborate mind game. 

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