Why Sabrina Carpenter’s ‘Espresso’ Has Suddenly Become Very Popular

Sabrina Carpenter pointing mic to fans

Sabrina Carpenter’s latest energetic single, “Espresso” is a front-runner for success. The infectious song, which hit No. 1 on Spotify’s global charts on Tuesday, came out on April 12 and has become massively popular within two weeks.

“Espresso” and the Dave Meyers-directed music video for the song were released the day before Easter, to fanfare. The video has gained over 14 million views on YouTube and “Espresso” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 (only to be dethroned by Taylor Swift), and is No. 5 on Spotify’s Viral 50 U.S.A. chart.

The breezy song, about being the subject of a lover’s desire and getting a partner so excited it wakes them up—like an espresso—showcases Carpenter’s love for hidden meanings and innuendos. See lines like “I know I Mountain Dew it for ya” and “My honeybee, come and get this pollen,” an unassuming lyric that could be interpreted as a reference to her current boyfriend, actor Barry Keoghan, who was seen supporting her at Coachella.

Replying to @. I gotchu. This was one of my fav @Sabrina Carpenter moments

The addicting lyrics have also made the song viral meme fodder, with lines like “That’s that me espresso” and “I’m working late, cause I’m a singer.” TikTok creator @Lifeby_tatiana uploaded a comedic video about being unable to stop saying the line. “My name is Tatiana, and I’m addicted to saying, ‘I’m working late cause I’m a singer,’” she said. “This addiction has gotten really out of hand since Coachella 2024 when Sabrina first performed her song ‘Espresso,’ and now I can’t stop saying ‘I’m working late cause I’m a singer.’”

@Sabrina Carpenter if you could please send over immediate help.

Carpenter commented under the video saying that she, too, can relate because she is, you guessed it, working late because she’s a singer.

The earworm has wiggled its way into brains everywhere, with no signs of leaving.

Replying to @Sabrina Carpenter I simply do as im told

Need this song in my veins