If you’ve ever been on a road trip with me or have heard my iPod on shuffle, you’d know that I have a deeply rooted, long-standing love affair with boy bands. Obviously I grew up on N*SYNC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, LFO and the like, meaning I am keeping the 90s pop scene alive and well in my 2013 everyday life. Don’t believe me?
- One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” off N*SYNC’s Christmas album, which I obviously own in CD form.
- Speaking of Christmas, when I was 15, I asked for The Best of Hanson: Live and Electric (bet you didn’t even know it existed) as a gift. Then I made my Dad and carpool listen to it on the way to school almost every day. Sorry guys. But not really.
- I can probably interpretive-gesture dance to all of the Backstreet Boys’ major hits…and a lot of their more obscure songs too. Consistently.
- A heavy theme in a lot of my AIM away messages involved the lyrics to “Summer Girls,” which in turn taught me important things like Larry Bird’s jersey number.
- Finally, my ringtone all throughout high school was “Mmmbop, ” the original version (reference to #1’s best-of album where they sound like men not girls). Feel free to keep laughing at that, but know that it got me out of many detentions because when I inevitably forgot to silence my ringer and it went off during class, it evoked laughter instead of anger. #mmbopthat
As time has gone on, I am shocked by how what might have been just a trend in my music tastes has really…endured. Show me upbeat vocal harmonies, catchy beats, and sappy, sugar-sweet lyrics…and I’ll show you something that’s likely to already be on my computer/Spotify/iPhone. Obviously I’m critical of new acts like One Direction or Bieber because they’re following in hallowed footsteps (head’s up Justin, I know you totally ripped your video for “Boyfriend” from N*SYNC’s “Girlfriend” and did you REALLY think noone was going to remember that the BSB had a hit called “As Long As You Love Me“? Idiot. You’re still cute though.) but at the same time I am both shocked and comforted that I still feel that eight-year-old sense of joy when I hear a good teen pop song. Like lately, this:
Some people listen to aggressive rap or hip hop as pump up music. I listen to this. I think we all know who’s doing it right…