what does “all about that bass” mean? – gay 101

“Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

Meghan Trainor released this song as her first single in June, 2014, and since then (or at least over the past 6 months or so when we are writing this,) it has become one of the highest selling single releases of all time.

note here children: not the single sales on release day like some boy band songs of the ’90s, but the cumulative total sales.

Her song, All About that Bass, is the big girl anthem. No skinny girls allowed in here. Think about it: when you go out to the club, what’s the proportion of pretty skinny girls to normal looking folk with human body proportions on the dance floor?

Go-go boys don’t count: they get paid to look like sticks.


The other thing to look for is: how many of them are going home with a date (ahem) and how many leave with nothing but their phone and all those selfies? (add Aughra’s evil maniacal laugh here)

The melody is unusual in that it goes through two sections: one a sort of familiar dance/club beat, and the second is a pretty and very melodious refrain with a cha-cha rhythm that reminds the listener of something sort-of … retro.

The interesting triva about this song was that Meghan sang it for her audition with Epic records, and performed it on a ukelele. Where can we find that recording!?


As usually happens, some of the best songs in club play pick up traction in gay dance clubs, and then meander out into mainstream music. Meghan Trainor wasn’t completely “discovered” in the gay dance clubs, but I have seen more go-go boys shaking to this song than I care to remember.

Can you tell, as our first entry in Gay 101, this song is an office favorite!

Class Dismissed


for those of you who collect “song lyrics that we sing WRONG,” in the song, she is saying “all about that bass, no treble.” You know – the opposite (sorta) of bass. I suppose “no trouble” works too, but it’s not how the song was written.


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