Besides being at the forefront of the electro-trap movement -- a genre that blends crunk hip-hop beats and EDM tempos -- this Baauer cut is the soundtrack to an Internet meme explosion, one where individuals uploaded amateur videos of themselves dancing the "Harlem Shake." Jump on your favorite video sharing site and watch football teams, firemen, college kids dressed as Power Rangers, and even SeaWorld animals shaking their everything to this infectious, chirpy, bass-heavy monster. With thousands of videos to choose from, and views counting into the tens of millions, the cut made history when it topped the charts after Billboard changed their formula and added YouTube-streaming data to the mix of sales and radio plays.
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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries