Monday, May 30, 2016

I Like These Songs. Period!

Just a disclaimer. I. Am. Not. A. Belieber. I actually surprised myself that I like Justin Bieber’s latest song “Love Yourself”. The song is in constant rotation on lite-fm radio during my hour-long drive. I liked the song before I knew who sang it. Justin can sing, after all.

Those who think that I only listen to oldies singers would be totally wrong. I am not just of the easy-listening genre. Somehow, this song from the millennial generation managed to amuse me. I can’t explain it. I like the song. Period.

I also liked Britney Spear’s “Oops, I did it again”. Perhaps it’s the goofiness or just my desire to be contrary. Oops, am I just getting to the point where I don’t care what anyone thinks of my choices?

Over the years, I have been totally won over by songs that did not fit my usual playlist. The novelty songs are out of character. I loved these songs for the simple pleasures they gave, for the catchy beat and for the emotional connection. These songs were not belted by Dion or Houston, but they were a lot of fun to sing, or to dance to. I am still adding to my burgeoning list of guilty-pleasure songs.

Psy- Gangnam Style. I don’t understand the song, but who can argue against 2,582,183,790 views as of today (5/30/16) making it the most-viewed youtube video of all time since it was uploaded in 2012? I still cannot understand the horse trot dance moves, but there is something quite enjoyable in swinging those arms in wild abandon. "Oppa gangnam style", indeed.

Papaya Dance was sung by a Polish singer in the 1970s. In 2007, this song was popularized by game show host Edu Manzano in the Philippines. The dance moves swept throughout the country, until it was featured in Good Morning America. I prefer the Papaya dance moves to the Macarena and the Asereje.

Pusong Bato means Heart of Stone. A man’s heartbreak due to his loved one’s treachery. It has become an angsty anthem for the broken-hearted, some kind of a cathartic release. Maybe we can all relate.