Pop music is, for a lot of people, inherently a guilty pleasure. The big hooks, the hearts-on-the-sleeves emotions, the copious amounts of AutoTune all conspire to make pop music a low down dirty shame in a way. Contrary to Lady GaGa's pronouncement that pop music will never be low brow, I say that what makes pop music in general so fucking fantastic is that it is low brow. The best pop music doesn't aspire to change the world or raise political awareness. It's there to get people up and dancing and sometimes in not making a political statement you've made one inadvertently. Think about, you're out at a club and some dance pop tune comes on and the floor becomes packed with people of all different backgrounds. For a brief moment a lot of the interpersonal bullshit has melted away because people want to all sing about California girls (I REFUSE to spell it Gurls) or Tik Tok-ing til sun stops.
So today, we're going to highlight some of our favorite guilty pleasure tunes of the moment. And if you like them, trust us, it'll be our dirty little secret.
First up, Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"
Zooey Deschanel face on a porn star body, Katy Perry has spent the past few months either delighting or torturing the Billboard charts extolling the grand virtues of young ladies who reside in the state of California.
Now with "Teenage Dream," Perry has proven that she has no intention in ever making an adult album, which I sort of have to applaud her for. Most pop stars in her situation usually take a drastic turn on their sophomore album, trying to prove their artistic integrity by making tuneless, meandering ruminations on how terrible fame is and whatnot. Perry basically has thrown her hands up in the air and gleefully said, "I have no integrity to try to prove" and has put out a fine slice of Top 40 pop that continues to prolong her career much to the surprise of pretty much everybody, probably including the future Mrs. Russell Brand.
Next up is Sean Garrett featuring Nicki Minaj, "Get It All"
How is this tune a guilty pleasure, let me count the ways.
1. Sean Garrett is from that Jason Derulo/Jay Sean school of strained vocal singing that seems to worship at the altar of Ray J.
2. The song has an obligatory feature of rap's latest Queen B Nicki Minaj. Nicki, as per usual, slays the main artist on their own tune.
3. The music video has Sean Garrett's buttaface trying to act like a high schooler. Chris Hanson is, I imagine, lurking around the corner.
Lastly we have Trina and her tune, "White Girl"
Do I even have to explain to you why this is a guilty pleasure? It's a rap tune about PARTYING LIKE A WHITE GIRL.
So there you go, a few of our guilty pleasures. If you didn't like them, that's fine. And if you did, all we can say is: