It was really only a matter of time before Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare became the subject of songs. First came the spoofs — abundant on YouTube — and then came the rappers, integrating boasts about their followers into freestyles. Now, there are an array of songs that namedrop social media platforms, from MySpace to Digg. The creep of the internet knows no bounds. After the jump, peruse our collection of tracks about social media so you can tweet to the beat.
1. “Follow U on Twitter” by Twista (ft. Cam’ron) (Right click + save as to download)
One of the most hilarious new entries in the hip-hop on social media canon, this ode to the micro-blogging website we all know and love (or love to hate) is a sort of weird paean to internet stalking. Cam’s verse is actually pretty great though, particularly that bit about Avatar.
2. “Follow Me (Twitter Song)” by Sean Kingston ft. Sean Paul
The King of dancehall takes on the social media in this actually pretty catchy track. It’ll have you singing “Twitter me” over and over. Effective!
3. “MySpace Girl” by the Afters
It’s an old story: boy meets girl. Girl shuns boy. Boy pines over girl… via MySpace: “I saw your picture on MySpace/Maybe someday we can turn it into our space, baby.” Ah, romance, social media style.
4. “Twitter Song” by Chris Brown (ft. K-Mac)
Twitter is the most rapped-about social media platform, we’re guessing because “following” sounds cooler than “I have 7,000 friends on Facebook.” Your Twitter count, according to Chris Brown, is basically your groupie count. Who knew?
5. “New Friend Request” by Gym Class Heroes
This song is a sort of nostalgia anthem to the heyday of MySpace. Another love story through social media, profile pictures, and instant messaging. We particularly like the “XOXO dash travis” sign off.
6. “LOL Smiley Face” by Trey Songz (ft. Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane)
This track addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time: sexting, Twitpics, and, of course, ambiguous emoticon usage. We hope to hear the refrain “shorty send a Twitpic” reverberate from dance floors across the nation.
7. “Twitter Song” by Ingrid Michaelson
A Twitter song with a lot less swagger, and lot more bubbly, sweet background vocals. It’s nice to have someone acknowledge in song that social media isn’t just for ballers.
8. “Twitter Me” by Tony Matterhorn
Caribbean dancehall maven Tony Matterhorn kindly reminds us of the difference between Twitter, tweeting, and being a twat. This is probably our favorite Twitter party anthem. Who knew there were so many to choose from?
9. “Enemy for Myspace” by Blue Foundation (Right click + Save as)
This track has more of a echoey indie pop feel to it it — think Stars plus a dose of Sleigh Bells. It’s the only one of these that you wouldn’t know was about social media if not for the title.
10. “Hit Me on Twitter” by Mistah F.A.B.
Twitter gets the hyphy treatment from the fabulous Mistah F.A.B., and it’s pretty great. This is our favorite Twitter-related music video, too. Check out those pop-up “@” references!