In an unlikely Today Show segment, the men of the Harvard Athletes ‘Call Me Maybe’ spoof were set head to head in a cover showdown. Pitted against a foot-focused meta-parody, the now-infamous group battled for the title. A true testament to how popular song parodies can be, the video is luckily one of many similarly hilarious spoofs.
Almost unanimously created out of jest, song covers, particularly those with an accompanying video, inevitably go viral. Often playing on iconic or otherwise standout features, parodies tend to be distinctly over-the-top.
Though some songs and artists are covered more often than others, Lady Gaga for example, targeted material gets an undeniable boost from spoofs. Don’t believe it? Try avoiding the ever-present ‘Call Me Maybe’ and its catchy, feel-good beat.
Stats for 34 Unlikely Musical Spoofs
Trending: Older & Chilly
Research: 520 clicks in 206 w
Interest: 0.9 minutes
Concept: Harvard Athletes Call Me Maybe
Related: 296 examples / 228 photos
Segment: Females, 12-35
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By: Courtney Scharf - Published: May 18, 2012