UBIQUITY It has spent nine weeks and counting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100.
LONGEVITY Can it be that we’ve only been living with “Blurred Lines” since March?
SOCIAL POWER Thicke cannily used his name as a hashtag in the video for “Blurred Lines,” unleashing a wave of parodies and covers.
ROOTS The groove is a dead ringer for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 R&B hit “Got to Give It Up.”
CONTROVERSY The video’s topless models were guaranteed to inflame one group of listeners; the lyrics’ “you know you want it” routine maddened another.