Confession Time: Party In The U.S.A. Isn’t That Bad Of A Song

Feel free to slow roast me for this, because I’d so totally do the same to you if the shoe was on the other foot.

I kind of like this song, you guys.

It’s not the kind of like where I’m going out to buy the album or the single or where I even want to pirate it or hear it on the radio 37 times a day. It’s just that every now and then, if it’s on, you might catch me noddin’ my head like yeah.

But in my defense, there is an indie rock version, which I think means I’m allowed to like it if I’m reading the rules correctly. So there!

No, I have no idea why they’re shouting out the names of States and Provinces either.

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  1. Basically it involves my friend Chupa and eye singing “yeeeeaaaaahhhhh” into Soundhound back when I visited her in Colorado. She had the yeeeeaaahh stuck in her head but didn’t know where it came from. Soundhound failed us. Long after I returned home and forgot about it, she continued her quest, literally sifting through the song lists for Dancing with the Stars because she thought she might have heard the song on that show while her mom was watching it. Another friend of ours thought she got it when she heard a commercial for insurance with that song from Phillip Phillips, Home, playing on it. Yes, it is a similar note sequence but Chupa was adamant that it was a female singing yeeeeeaahhh. I don’t know how long this quest continued . Finally one day I had an email from her with a link to the song and I rolled my eyes at it but then found myself nodding my head like yeah like you mentioned.

    I ended up imagining my own music video to the song. This is going to sound bad and I’m sorry if I offend anyone with Aspergers who might read this. It’s not that I’m making fun of you I swear. But in my head a girl with Aspergers goes to the mall and she’s uncomfortable because you know, the mall is so sensory. I get uncomfortable at the mall so I can understand how someone with Aspergers would feel. But she’s looking for jeans. She goes into Forever 21 feeling all uncomfortable , eyes darting around, not looking anyone in the eye, noticing all the Barbie doll girls around her and then her song comes on right as she spots a pair of perfect jeans and she’s nodding her head like yeah, moving her hips like yeah as she moves towards the jeans and she checks out, gets the hell out of the mall and the song ends with her riding in a quiet car away from the chaos.

    See how long winded that story is? But that’s the story. I think about my girl in my video every time I hear that song and wonder how she’s doing. Curse of a fiction writer.

    1. That’s not a bad concept at all but again, speaking as someone who doesn’t have it.

      I hate it when Soundhound fails, by the way. But more often than not it wins in places like crowded restaurants where you would expect failure, so the Hound and I are cool. But it always fails me at times just like you described. One annoying, unknown line is stuck in your head and all you want is sweet, sweet relief.

  2. I was reading a book about a person with Aspergers when that whole video took shape in my head so I’m pretty sure that’s what did it. I do that all the time with songs since I can’t see the video. Can’t beat em, join em right? Plus, it’s fun making up videos in my head.

    Sound hound rarely fails me but yes, one big time it did was at Ferg’s Sports bar on my St. Pete trip. My friend had to go Soundhound right by the speaker.

  3. I’m going to fall on my sword and out myself as a chronic loser by admitting the following:
    1. I totally agree with this assessment of Party in the USA.
    2. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance falls in the same category for me. I shouldn’t like it. At all. But…I really, really do.

  4. This song must officially be good. Even Brother Brad admitted to liking it. If anybody was going to put an end to the positivity, it was going to be him, hahaha.

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