It’s always interesting to take a peek at Billboard’s HOT HOT singles chart, the Hot 100, and to be mystified at what’s popular with our nation’s youth these days. I’m turning 40 this year, and I feel increasingly like an old fart. Last week at my favorite pizza joint (that’d be Jimmy & Joe’s in Chandler), some high school kid came over to borrow the cheese, and I was shown gratitude with a “Thank you sir.” I guess I should be happy that manners and civility are alive and well in some pockets of adolescent society, and some kids are respecting their elders. It’s just weird to be an elder.
So this week, a British newcomer named Taio Cruz vaulted to the #1 spot in the charts, knocking the Black Eyed Peas “Imma Be” from the roost. It features Ludacris (who seems very early 00’s to me). And after listening once, my thoughts are… Meh. Homogenized. Unoriginal. Annoyingly repetitive chorus. But I’m not a teenage girl – at least last I checked – and “Break Your Heart” is currently rockin’ their world.