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Monday, August 10, 2015

The perfect pop song

I've concluded that, unlike most other catchy songs that soon wear out their radio welcome, I can never get tired of hearing "Shut Up and Dance" on the radio, not even if it's played 20 times a day and often simultaneously on three of San Diego's Top 40 stations. Which must mean it's the perfect pop song.

7 comments:

Julia said...

Ugh, I hate that song! Perfection must be in the ear of the beholder.

Withywindle said...

I think that's the song Shirebourne likes singing, largely because it gives him an excuse to say "Shut Up". He is repressed regularly, with limited effect.

Ben a said...

When I heard that song at the gym, I assumed it was an 80s classic.

Miss Self-Important said...

Julia: Seb hates it too, but you are both wrong.

Withywindle: I did the same with Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" at the age of 12. The repressed phrase in question was a lot better than "shut up." It was not the perfect pop song, for this reason among others, but it was still good.

Ben: It does have a certain pop-timeslessness, which technically only means it could have been produced in one of three or four possible decades.

Jennie said...

I listened to that song on repeat while grading final papers last December. And it saved my sanity.

educatedwhinge said...

I like the song too, but my wife is opposed.

The thing is, I can never remember any of the words except 'Shut Up and Dance!', even though I've heard it hundreds of times.

Miss Self-Important said...

I don't think the lyrics aim to be memorable. That's part of what makes it a perfect pop song - no political grandstanding, no deep message about the meaning of life. A boy and a girl meet, and they dance.