Pen Pineapple Apple Pen – pain or pleasure?

Photo Credit: Chee Yee Teoh / YouTube

Yes, that’s right! Pen Pineapple Apple Pen is the new internet sensation that’s been gripping the nation. No, forget the nation, think the whole world.

This controversial song was created by DJ Piko-Taro, a fictional character used as a cover for Japanese entertainer Kazuhiko Kosaka. The video now has accumulated well over 50 million views and people are wondering whether it has become the new Gangnam Style. So, what do we think of PPAP at Truro High School?

We had a few different opinions. Headmaster Dr Moodie was quite certain about his feelings on the ditty. He said: “I hate it.”

However, not everyone feels the same. Reilly, 13, said: “It’s really repetitive and catchy.”

Shirley, 13, said likewise. “I think it’s funny but very weird.” These opinions were fairly positive, although not all were. Madalena, 13, said it made her feel very uncomfortable and that it was very weird. Charlotte agrees with her, saying: “It’s rubbish and I hate it.”

But why is Pen Pineapple Apple Pen so catchy? And what makes a silly song such an earworm?

There are four main traits that make a song catchy are:

  1. The breath that a singer takes is very important to encourage the audience to sing along.
  2. The more sounds there are, the more infectious a song becomes.
  3. For some reason, male vocalists make a song catchier. Maybe it is because, historically, men would lead the army into battle with a war cry.
  4. Lastly, males with higher voices indicate high energy and purpose, which supposedly makes a song an earworm.

Pen Pineapple Apple Pen has all of these traits and, what’s more, the PPAP video itself is catchy, along with the retro outfit and dancing.

So, could this song be the beginning of a new fruit and stationary combination, or simply just a silly song that people grow to hate? Who knows?!

Watch this space…

  • If you haven’t heard Pen Pinapple Pen, google it. We’re not going to tell you the address!


Reported by Iris Nicholls, Sophie Johns and Ruby Ashby, Year 9

BBC School Report