There are those rare songs, those rare transcendent moments when listening to a hook that you can instantly tell: this song is bound to be a smash. Listening to StaySolidRocky's "Party Girl" feels like stumbling upon one of those breakout moments.
My first experience with StaySolidRocky's "Party Girl" came about when compiling songs for our weekly playlist, a process that requires sifting through hundreds, if not more, new releases every Friday. Originally self-released but now finding its time in the sun thanks to a recent signing with Columbia Records, "Party Girl" instantly stuck out amongst those hundreds of songs. Not because it was wildly inventive or felt like an instant Pitchfork 10, but the slurred opening nod to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and the hook reminiscent of Aqua's "Barbie Girl," brought an instantaneous smile to my face. Yet, like anyone who writes about music can attest, finding the time to cover every song is a fool's errand.
While the lines "You're my little party girl / She just want to have fun too" receded somewhere in my unconscious, it was not until a few short days later that I would be reintroduced to the earworm of a single. While indulging in one of my girlfriend and I's favorite quarantine pastimes - which comprises of us lying prone on opposite sides of the couch while I play Animal Crossing and she scrolls through TikTok - I heard the familiar hook emanate from her side of the couch. TikTok had spoken; "Party Girl" had found its audience.
As of the time of writing this article, over 1.4 million videos have been made to the infectious snippet of StaySolidRocky's "Party Girl." The number, which is growing by the day, features everyone from The Hype House to a string of micro-influencers I'm not trendy enough to know jumping on the craze. And it's not hard to see why. "Party Girl" and its woozy, stuck-in-your-head after first listen melody and hook practically lend itself to the platform.
So, is StaySolidRocky and "Party Girl" the next TikTok-fueled breakout success story? Well, that all lies in the hands of the platform's over a billion users.
Listen to "Party Girl" below: