You have to admit, the word Google does have a musical ring to it. So musical, in fact, that the word has been woven into the lyrics of numerous songs, not that I knew that without doing a Google search.
Fittingly enough, Google's YouTube site serves up a solid collection of music videos that feature Google in song titles, from parody "Just Google" (a take-off on Michael Jackson's 1980s hit "Beat It" or perhaps more accurately, Weird Al Yankovic's "Eat It") to the super cheery "GoogleHead" to a couple of love songs. What's more, YouTube itself is finding itself in lyrics, such as in Mariah Carey's new "Touch My Body"). Of course Google isn't the first tech company with a tuneful history: IBM proudly promoted "corporate fellowship" songs back in the day. And, in fact, there are plenty of networky songs out there, as shown in this slideshow.
For Google's part, a company spokeswoman says the search engine giant doesn't have an official theme song. But perhaps one of the tunes below will catch on and become at least the unofficial company anthem:
Just Google (written by Lex Friedman and Seth Brown, performed by Friedman)
Friedman says he and friend Brown have written dozens of songs together, "many of which are not terrible." They have a love for comedy songs and are both a tad on the nerdy side, acknowledges Friedman, who is director of entertainment for Demand Media, a Los Angeles-based Internet media company. "The inspiration for the tune, as I recall, was a simple combination of our love for funny songs and songwriting, and the fact that we could accomplish very little, if anything, without Google by our side. We wrote the song in one night, from about 7 p.m. until about midnight Pacific time. (At the time, I lived in LA, and Seth lived in Massachusetts. The time zone difference only helped facilitate our collaborations, since Seth is a night owl, and I'm not.)" "Just Google" was going to be a soundtrack for a Flash animation but that never happened. A video was made a year after the song was written, with lots of Googled images filling the video. The video had been viewed 80,000-plus times by the end of February. Another techie song by Friedman and Brown includes "The Internet's Out."