Hit comedy song features slang word 'YOLO'

Posted at 02/01/13 1:17 AM

Popular internet slang word "YOLO" has been made into a hit parody music video performed by Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Lonely Island.

YOLO is short for the phrase “You Only Live Once,” which is often used as a hashtag internet slang word on social media sites.

According to http://knowyourmeme.com/, “YOLO” is used as a twitter hashtag to bring attention to exciting events or irresponsible behaviors.

In November 2012, the Oxford American Dictionary included the slang word in its shortlist for the 2012 English Word of the Year.

SNL's Lonely Island created a parody song about the word that featured Adam Levine as a guest performer.

The video, which was uploaded on January 27, 2013, became an instant hit reaching almost 12 million views in 3 days.

YOLO features Adam Levine on vocals

It would be fun for alternative rock music lovers to compare it to the original song structure it was sampled from -- "The Whirring" by the band The Joy Formidable".

I thought Adam Levine and Lonely Island's spin-off made the track palatable to a wider audience.

YOLO was sampled from a song by the Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable

The Lonely Island is an American comedy troupe composed of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, best known for their comedic music that broke out from long-running comedy show "Saturday Night Live".

The group has done numerous comedy songs featuring top artists such as Lady Gaga, Michael Bolton, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake and many others.

Their song Mother Lover, performed with Justin Timberlake, features Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson and has an MILF and cougar sex theme.

"Mother Lover" by Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake

"YOLO" the single is now available in digital music stores. Check out http://www.thelonelyisland.com/ for more Lonely Island music and collectibles.

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