Has pop music been salvaged?

I feel like every six months I write a post about how pop music may finally be becoming respectable, only to see it go down the shitter again a few weeks later.

I don’t normally discuss the type of music I listen to on this blog, but I definitely do not to listen to pop music. In fact, I don’t even listen to the radio. I enjoy seeking out my own music and I strictly listen to my iPod. At least once a week I check out indie music blogs so I could learn of a few new bands to listen to. Call me a hipster if you wish.

That being said, I certainly like to follow pop culture, which includes pop music. I like keeping tabs on what the majority of America is listening to, and I enjoy being extremely judgmental about it. Just one glance at the Billboard Hot 100 usually gives me a feeling of superiority, when I witness the atrocities that reside on that list.

However, I looked today, and I must admit, I see a vast improvement. Now the Hot 100 will never be something I look at with firm approval, but given what is usually on there, I can occasionally look and be pleasantly surprised by what I see. Which includes today. Let’s take a look at the top ten.

It’ll probably look small, so just click on it to see it enlarged (no, that’s not what she said.)

First, let me skip straight to #8. I first heard the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen about a week ago, when I happened to stumble upon it on the radio (okay fine, very, very occasionally, when I accidentally leave my iPod at home, I will listen to the radio), and when I heard it, all I could think of was that this sounded like a pop song that would have come out during the 90s.

After about a week, I couldn’t stop thinking about the song. I couldn’t even remember how it went, to be honest, but I knew that it was something that was upbeat and catchy. So recently I looked the video up on YouTube, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Carly Rae is extremely hot, bordering on gorgeous. She’s also a little older than you’d expect an emerging pop star to be, at 26.

I mean, just listen to this song, and I dare you to tell me that you hate it.

When you combine the hotness of the singer, the sexiness of her voice, the poppy, upbeat, playful sound, and the overall catchyness, then I can safely say that if any song ever had to be exposed to me at length by the mass media — I’m glad it’s this.

Repsen, who came in third place on Canadian Idol a few years ago, saw her career flat lining until recently when — who else — fellow Canadian singer Justin Bieber tweeted about her song, and within a week, she blew up. I swear, Justin Bieber seriously controls our country. It’s only a matter of time until he gives political endorsements.

Another thing I am pleased with in the top 10 is that for the first time in about 15 years, the top two songs are by genuinely good singers/musicians. Somebody Who I Used to Know, by an Australian singer-songwriter named Gotye, is a freaking good song. The whole album is good actually. Everybody probably knows the song by now, but it’s good to see a genuinely good musician getting his props.

Also, everybody probably knows that song by Fun., called “We Are Young.” To  be honest, I’m not too big on that song. But I like the band. I was a big fan of their first album, Aim and Ignite, which has a ton of good songs. They’re pop music to a T, but that doesn’t mean they’re not quality. In fact, I have tickets to see them live in July.

As for the rest of the list, this may be the first time ever that two boy bands are in the top 10 since the days of the Backstreet Boys and *NSync.

Both One Direction and The Wanted are European boy bands. The latter are English, and the former are English and Irish. Now, I have to be honest here. I thought the golden age of music existed when BsB and *NSync were on top of their games, and thus, I have absolutely no problem with the presence of these two groups on the list. As the case with Carly Rae Jepsen, if I am going to be exposed to something — I can live with this.

I both heard this song and watched this video for the time last night, and I was laughing the entire time. Not because it’s awful, but because it’s just humorous to see teenagers hopping around on a beach singing about how beautiful girls are. It’s pretty funny how easy is to manipulate girls into liking a band. Just take five dudes, tell them not to get a haircut for six months, some of them get earrings, some bleach their hair, and then sing about girls = platinum.

The rest of the list is pretty much garbage. I don’t think there’s been a top-10 list in the past five years that didn’t have either Bieber, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and some awful rap music on it, and that pretty much comprises the rest of the top 10. Plus Kelly Clarkson.

Another thing about this list that I thought was interesting:

Gotye: Australian
Fun.: American
The Wanted: Irish/English
One Direction: English
Bieber: Canadian
Flo Rida: Who cares
Nicki Minaj: Alien
Rest of list can go die.

The majority of the top 10 aren’t even from America. I guess that is the old Beatles effect, where some musicians come over from a different country, and the mystery and intrigue of their foreignness immediately appeals to us. I think that’s the case for non-musicians too, actually. Just talk to a girl in a British accent and her pants automatically come off.

Anyway, the point is that for the first time in a long time, popular music may actually be slightly tolerable, which from me, is an enormous compliment.

And from now on, whenever you read my blog, I want all the females to envision everything what I say in a British accent.

So girls, read my blog, maybe.

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