1. ASTONISHMENT Wow! What the heck is this?!?! More than likely, your first run in with Psy and his gang of hot girls, cute dance-y kids, and underwhelmed horses was via YouTube. Someone (or several million someones) posted it on their Facebook timelines and you decided to give it a go. Though you don’t know what the hell he’s saying or even why there’s a shot of him on a toilet seat, you do know that this is catchy and adorable, and you have to give it a whirl.
2. OVERWHELM. Huh…Everyone is into this now? It’s like Napoleon Dynamite all over again! From Ellen Degeneres and Britney Spears to The Cast of SNL to the Today Show to Daily Grace, everyone is doing that effing dance now. You can’t get away from it. What started as a viral video is now taking over the radio and tv airwaves, and you are starting to regret purchasing it on iTunes and subsequently adding it to all of your playslists, lest it come up on shuffle. You know it’s gotten too big when people are getting it tattooed on their bodies and soccer moms can sing the Korean bits in addition to the chorus.
3.DENIAL. I never liked this. I had a momentary lapse in judgement and was drunk and didn’t know it would be this way. But that’s not true, is it Jimmy? No, you loved Gangnam Style, but it is so mainstream that hipsters won’t even recognize it as music. You can pretend you were against it from the beginning, but we all know you galloped on an imaginary pony in your bathroom mirror more than once…
4. HEYYYY SEXY LADYYYY! - A REPRISAL. Enough time has now passed that it is acceptable to like this song again. You reluctantly accept that this song is here to stay and that people are going to bring it up in conversation. You even watch some of the hilarious parodies online because it is no longer grating on your nerves.
5. TRANSCENDENCE. Gangnam Style came to us like manna from heaven, and while it was filling for a while, it is no longer needed. Much like the Spice Girls’ short visit to earth from their own Spice World, a short stay was all we needed to learn the lessons we needed to learn. I’m not entirely sure what those lessons were, mostly because I don’t speak any language fluently aside from English, but that’s neither here nor there. We are all aiming for this stage. To wave goodbye to Psy and his prancing horse dance, and to await the next overnight musical phenomenon.