In middle and high schools, I used to pride myself on being a Top 40s junkie. If a song was hot, I not only made sure to know it, but also attempted to memorize every word, study every music video, and in some extreme cases, teach myself associated dance routines. (Yes, I can still do the “1, 2 Step”)
I’ve always assumed that I’ve carried this borderline obsession with Top 40s with me throughout college, but this past weekend, I had a rude awakening. I was checking out the top trending songs on Twitter’s new #music app, and although I recognized some familiar ones — like Ciara’s “Body Party” and JT’s “Mirrors” — there were a ton of teen pop songs that I had never heard of. Who is this Cody Simpson character? I thought. Why is a Nickelodeon star collaborating with Mac Miller? And why did no one tell me Selena Gomez has a new song?
In an attempt to reclaim my identity, I binge-listened to all of these teen pop songs. While some are just as bad as you might expect, others are actually pretty great. But with summer just around the corner, the question remains: Are any good enough to become this summer’s ultimate pop hit, á la 2010′s “California Gurls” or 2012′s “Call Me Maybe”? We investigate.