While children around the world celebrated, sang, and danced to the hit song Baby Shark, parents were ready to put earplugs in their ears and hope that the trend would soon be over. However, the hit children’s song has now become one of Google’s top trending searches for songs in 2018, according to the internet giant’s Year in Search.
In fact, it was the third most searched song of the year, beating out other huge hits like Drake’s God’s Plan and Eminem’s Killshot. The only two songs that were more searched than Baby Shark in 2018 are Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and This is America by Childish Gambino.
As it turns out, Baby Shark isn’t a brand new song that took over the world in 2018. It’s actually an older song with a simple story.It really is about a family of sharks, and each shark gets a verse. We start out with a baby shark, mommy shark, daddy shark, grandma shark, and finally grandpa shark.
The song has some dance moves that are easy for children to replicate, making it a fun song for kids. But the simplicity of the song and the repetitive “do, do, do, do, do, do” lyrics are driving parents up the wall.
While most of the videos online are animated, we did find the Bounce Patrol Kids version below so you can see the dance moves.
According to Evening Standard, the song was actually first spotted online in 2007. The video was published on YouTube and was called Kleiner Hai. It was published by Alexander Mueller, also known as Alemuel. The video has received over 3.8 million views to date.
The Pinkfong version that we all know today was uploaded in 2016. Fans have been watching the video over the past two years as it grows in viewership and popularity. Today, you can find many variations and covers of the song on YouTube.
Forbes reports that Baby Shark from Pinkfong became a huge viral hit in Indonesia back in 2017, sweeping the nation and even getting adults involved. The website reports that things exploded when Amanda Cerny went on Indonesia’s Tonight Show and took on the #BabySharkChallenge to perform the dance on national television.
The company behind Pinkfong, SmartStudy, has revealed that their Baby Shark series on YouTube is their most successful series, getting over 700 million views by mid-2017.
It wasn’t until mid-2018 that Baby Shark started to take over the western world. James Corden and Ellen DeGeneres helped address the viral sensation on television.
Baby Shark do do do do do. Ellen Show do do do do do. pic.twitter.com/P5NAQtb29s
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 19, 2018
While some people are thrilled that their children love the song, many parents are ready to leave Baby Shark behind in 2018.