Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the contributions you have made to the world of popular music.
Truth be told, I am a bit of a music snob. I would never publicly acknowledge the excitement I feel when “Dark Horse” comes on the radio, the way I dance around in my car when “22” is playing, or the depth of enjoyment that I experience upon hearing the opening notes to “Fancy.” Until now.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s great enjoyment to be had in listening to melancholy indie bands such as Arcade Fire, The National, or Radiohead. There’s something to be said for their musical talent and their eloquent songwriting abilities.
However, there’s also something to be said for the carefree nature of top 40 music, the ability of certain songs to lift you out of a dark mood and remind you about the fun things in life. Sometimes, all you need to dispel a bad mood is to spend 2-3 minutes belting out the lyrics to your favorite pop song, and–voila! Instant stress relief.