You guys, Kanye was right. Beyoncé has one of the greatest videos of all time. "Single Ladies" has been copied by Justin Timberlake, Filipino inmates and sylph-like men in skimpy ensembles. And now babies "just can't get enough."
Confession: Dancing baby videos do nothing for me. Otters holding hands? Yes. Diapered tots? Nah. But Anna forced me to write this story. So I had to watch a lot of babies. And I think I might be coming around! And in any case, as Ada Calhoun writes for Time, the global phenomenon has reached a fever pitch:
Baby Cory's famous "Single Ladies" video has spawned SingleBabies.com, where you can donate to the New Zealand toddler's college fund. (You can also follow Baby Cory on Twitter, or be his friend on Facebook.
So why do babies like "Single Ladies"? Because, Time's Calhoun finds, the song is super simple.
"The song is very Teletubbies," says Tony-nominated musician Kenny Mellman. "If you listen to it, there is very little music. It's all drum and Beyoncé's voice." Kara Shall, communications director of Baby Loves Disco, agrees. "Young children love songs with good rhythm and repetition, and 'Single Ladies' certainly has both," says Shall, whose company once a month in 21 cities turns bars into child-proof discos. (She also notes that her own children, ages 5 and 2, are big fans of the Beyoncé song.) In addition —
OK, I'MA LET YOU FINISH, BUT APPARENTLY BABIES ARE MAKING THE GREATEST VIDEOS OF ALL TIME. A gallery of highlights, below.
The Original! Baby Cory's video has more than 2 million views.
This kid has excellent hip action.
Award this little girl extra points for an authentic costume.
Diaper butt helps with the choreography.
A broken leg will not stop a kid from the mesmerizing chorus, "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it."
This baby gets by with a little help.