What makes a great song? Is it how it makes you feel in the moment? Longevity? Meaningful lyrics or a guitar solo that totally fucking shreds? There’s been a lot of research done about what makes a song appealing, but sometimes there isn’t really a reason why a particular song speaks to you. All you know is that it is a jam now and forever and you are helpless against the beat.
Allie Goertz, an editor at MAD Magazine, posed a very important question on Twitter, asking her followers what popular song they would never get tired of hearing.
What’s a POPULAR song you’ll never get tired of? Nothing obscure. Mine is Just What I Needed— Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) June 12, 2018
I like that she emphasized the importance of popular. Sure, there are plenty of obscure gems that everyone has in their arsenal, but you have to search those out. She’s talking about the songs that at one point or another were inescapable on the radio and you still got excited to hear them. It’s one thing to self-inflict the repeat button with your own personal library. It’s another to still be psyched when you heart that old favorite as you’re wandering down the aisles of the grocery store.
A lot of people responded, and some were the usual suspects — obviously people are going to be excited about Prince forever and ever amen — but it’s fun to see people be completely honest about what truly tickles their eardrums.
Wonderwall tbh https://t.co/nNONfJr1GL— 🧚 Pinkman 💌 (@PlNKMAN666) June 13, 2018
Kid Charlemagne— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 12, 2018
Since You’ve Been Gone— Phullup (@wuninseven) June 12, 2018
Africa - Toto— 𝒞𝒶𝓉 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝐻𝒶𝓉 (@_Kattnipp_) June 12, 2018
Popular by Nada Surf— Adam (@Adamw13) June 12, 2018
Don’t Change-INXS— wokewoman🦋👁🌊 (@wokewomanj) June 12, 2018
semi-charmed life— Triviality Matt (@MatthewJArtz) June 12, 2018
“Hey Ya”— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) June 12, 2018
Ooh! And Under Pressure— Kerri Doherty (@squideatsquid) June 12, 2018
24K Magic by Bruno Mars. https://t.co/uI5I0DSO9T— Jim Avery (@TheSoundDefense) June 13, 2018
Love Shack— BobN (@nelsonschmelson) June 12, 2018
Sympathy For The Devil by the Rolling Stones. So overplayed, so overused in films, etc. yet so perfect.— Josh Weinstein (@Joshstrangehill) June 12, 2018
That or Eleanor Rigby.
Come Sail Away https://t.co/nPpL9gq6ey— Julie Plec (@julieplec) June 12, 2018
"Take on Me" ~A-Ha— annnnnd…Drew! (@CarlsenAndrew) June 12, 2018
"Smooth" - Santana Feat. Rob Thomas pic.twitter.com/HZ6LK6JXj6— Hunter Lurie (@hunterlurie) June 12, 2018
Been Caught Stealing.— Tom B. (@BuildaLibrary) June 12, 2018
I think I'll get burned at the stake for saying it, but "Hotel California."— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) June 12, 2018
"Tired Of Waiting" by The Kinks https://t.co/9wYTmX5Gtp— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 12, 2018
O-h-h-h-h Child by the five stairsteps— SCOTTY2HOTTY (@ScottysCallinMe) June 12, 2018
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen. Mercury’s hopefulness is so inspiring and that sound jams.— William Scot Grey (@wscotgrey) June 12, 2018
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman— A Former Real Name Tweeter 🥞 (@ndfanwabashman) June 12, 2018
Freedom! ‘90— Meredith (@cussbunny) June 12, 2018
Don't You Want Me Baby by Human League— Cheryl Byrne (@cherylbyrne) June 12, 2018
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You.— Beau Hayden Bennett (@BeauHayBennett) June 12, 2018
Mr Brightide by The Killers 🎶— Lucy Lincoln (@LucyLincoln) June 13, 2018
without a hint of irony: Party In The U.S.A. https://t.co/EUW6JTHiJ8— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) June 12, 2018
THE MONSTER MASH https://t.co/ShbQOmTaS8— Sweet BergO Mine (@BergoEsBueno) June 12, 2018
Call Me Maybe is the best pop song of this century, and I can not get enough of it. https://t.co/vUqffspMjw— Trevor Thomas (@youngtrev9) June 12, 2018
Toxic. https://t.co/BIgpVxLjqr— Elizabeth Leonard 💖💜💙 (@Janeisntmyname) June 13, 2018
Sweater Song by Weezer— My name (@AndrewWpittman) June 12, 2018
I'm one hundred percent serious when I say Billy Joel's Uptown Girl.— Mildly Irritated Joe Rockatansky (@UtahDust) June 12, 2018
Foo Fighters - Everlong— Jeff Johnston (@BoscUlrich) June 12, 2018
That lil guitar solo >>>>. Mine’s probably “More Than A Feeling”— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 12, 2018
So, what’re yours? Live your truth, people. The first ones that came to mind for me were “Barracuda” by Heart, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson, and honestly anything by ABBA.