GANGNAM STYLE– what does it mean?

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“Gangnam Style”. The music video by K-pop star PSY (real name Park Jae-Sang) that took the pop world by storm and replaced “Call Me Maybe” as the viral sensation since it’s July debut. We’ve seen it all over the internet. We’ve seen it in televisions. Fans have danced to the song and filmed videos of their own. It has been highly praised for its humorous, catchy rhythm, and PSY’s unusual dance moves in the music video and live performances. But what do the lyrics mean, and what’s the story behind the trademark dance move?


For those who haven’t been following the story for weeks, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get everyone up to speed.


What’s so special about the video?


The mass appeal of the music video points to it’s signature dance move known as the “The horse-riding dance.” PSY explained this move on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as he taught Ellen and Britney Spears the dance. “It’s like you’re riding on an invisible horse.”



PSY explains the Gangnam style’s origin in Fuse.



What does “Oppan Gangnam style” mean?


Gangnam is a wealthy neighborhood in the South Korean city of Seoul where young people go clubbing, partying, and shopping.


Oppa means ‘older brother,’ which is an affectionate term girls use to address older guy friends or a boyfriend. It can also be used as a first-person pronoun, as PSY does in the video, he’s telling a woman that “Your man has Gangnam style”.


Find the lyrics and translation of the song here.


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