It's Been 10 Years Since Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" Was Released And It Still Slaps

It's Been 10 Years Since Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" Was Released And It Still Slaps

This song was a cultural reset.

The year was 2011. Game Of Thrones had just premiered to critical acclaim, iPods were still considered cool and a Belgian-Australian artist by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye, released a song called "Somebody That I Used To Know".

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Featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra, it quickly moved up in the charts and solidified itself as THE song of the year.

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It won ARIA awards, Grammy Awards, topped the Billboard 100 charts and was even covered by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer in an episode of Glee.

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People everywhere were listening to it and for good reason. Although it didn't suit the usual definitions of a pop song, everyone could relate to the break up anthem and its lyrics in some way or another.

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Or alternatively, if you were still in high school like me and hadn't yet dated due to strict parents, you just felt ~angsty~ singing the words and vibing to the ~mood~ of the song.

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An accurate representation of teenage me listening to "Somebody That I Used To Know". 


Like, I have strong memories of looking up a karaoke version of "Somebody That I Used To Know" on YouTube and attempting to nail Kimbra's part.

Also, let's not forget the video clip that accompanied this iconic song, which was a work of art itself.

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All of this combined with the catchy melodies and the now instantly recognisable xylophone beat is most likely why "Somebody That I Used To Know" has transcended the era in which it was released.

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It still slaps as hard as the first time you listened to it — albeit with a lot more nostalgia attached. And it's already cemented itself as one of the best songs to come out of the 2010s.

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So, here's to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" — it may now be a decade old, but it's a song that many of us will be listening to for years to come.

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