What was the significance of Jennifer Love Hewitt's song "Hey Everybody"?

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The significance of the song is to spread empathy and encouragement.

"Hey Everybody" is a song by Jennifer Love Hewitt released in 2002.  This song attempts to focus on the positive.  The title, “Hey Everybody” itself speaks to inclusion.  From the beginning, the song reminds us that everyone has problems and instead of focusing on our own issues we should work together and enjoy one another.

We've all got troubles
We all make mistakes

But let's not take a little river turn it into lake

The song reminds us that by being humble and remembering that no matter how bad our problems are, someone else’s are probably worse, we can make the best of things.  Look on the bright side, and enjoy life.  Look out for others. 

The song uses the third person plural “we” to bring the focus of the title, “everybody” to the forefront.  Even the interjection in the title “hey,” is a rallying cry.  The song is asking us to make something of ourselves.  Hewitt wants us to remain upbeat.  She reminds us, “You got it bad well she's got it worse.”  If it seems as if someone seems to have taken your “gleam,” all you need to do is find the beat.

Songs like this remind the next generation that they can stick together on the dance floor and in good works like charity.  Do not rely on someone else to make you happy, and do not always look for something better.  Instead, focus on yourself and your friends and remaining positive.  If you stay positive and upbeat, no one can take that from you.  “Listen to the beat” can be a metaphor for coming together not just on the dance for, but in life to work together for each other and for the greater good for mankind, for the planet, for the homeless, and to end the problems that we all face—everybody—together.