Have You Noticed This Odd Trend in Pop Music Lately?

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Once you take notice of this trend in music, you’ll hear it everywhere! Patrick Metzger wrote about what he dubbed the “Millennial Whoop” on his blog, The Patterning, and people have taken notice of what he has to say.

Metzger wrote, “It’s a sequence of notes that alternates between the fifth and third notes of a major scale, typically starting on the fifth. The rhythm is usually straight 8th-notes, but it may start on the downbeat or on the upbeat in different songs. A singer usually belts these notes with an “Oh” phoneme, often in a “Wa-oh-wa-oh” pattern. And it is in so many pop songs it’s criminal.”

The specific way of singing “oh-oh-oh-oh” is evident in songs like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” King of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” and “Tonight Is The Night” by Outasight. All of these examples can be heard in the video below. Metzger wrote a longer list on his website along with updates from readers who have found even more instances of this phenomenon.

It seems that this recognizable “whoop” is an example of the tendency pop music has to sound the same to evoke a familiar feeling for the listener. Now that it’s been pointed out, music lovers will either embrace the melodic repetition or quickly grow tired of it from overexposure.