Hello people of the internet, welcome to this week’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog! (*clap, clap, clap*). So today we will be discussing the YouTube viral video ‘Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)’. This video was uploaded on September 13, 2013 by two Norwegian brothers who host a talk show in Norway. The video was produced by the company ‘Stargate’ (who have also produced hits for Beyonce, Rihanna, and many other artists).
The brothers claim that they purposely set out to make a silly track in order to produce the 3rd season of their talk show. The song quickly became a viral hit on the internet and as of October 27, 2013, it has 170,361,324 views, 1,871,174 likes, and 184,702 dislikes on YouTube. ‘What Does the Fox Say’ has also peaked high on many charts worldwide such as, #6 on the U.S. Billboard Chart, #1 on the Norwegian Charts, #17 on the U.K Charts, and numerous others. The brothers have also performed the song on many U.S shows, such as ‘The Today Show’, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, and the ‘IHeart Music Festival’, among others.
Watching the video, it is easy to see how it became a hit so quickly. The lyrics are simple and the production quality of the video is excellent and makes the video fun to watch. The video begins with the vocalists wondering what sound the fox makes (and revealing that we already know the sounds made by other animals such as “The dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet… [etc]”. The chorus shows the hosts dressed as foxes dancing in the woods, surrounded by other dancing animals, and making funny noises, which they claim is what the fox says. The second verse describes what we already know about the fox, such as its physical traits (“pointy nose,…tiny paws’), and what it does (“chasing mice, digging holes”), but again emphasizes that we don’t know what the fox says (which is something I actually want to know so if anyone knows please comment ).
The song has also been spoken about by popular YouTube channel, ‘TheFIneBros’, with their ‘Teens React’ segment. If for some strange reason you haven’t seen this hilarious, yet odd video, I definitely suggest you do. Maybe you can be the one to finally solve the mystery of, “What Does the Fox Say?”
Link to ‘Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?’):