One of the most common “guilty pleasures” around is actually liking pop music. A lot of music snobs out there project this image that it’s only okay to like the lesser known acts, and despite the extreme popularity of pop music artists, there’s always that one person in your life that will make you feel as if it’s not okay for you to like them. It really begs the question of whether or not it’s actually okay to like pop music.
In short, yes, it absolutely is!
Of course it’s okay to like pop music. It’s put out there for the masses to enjoy. No matter how manufactured some may say it is, there are plenty of artists out there that do write their own material. Current superstar Lady Gaga is just one example. Many of the crossover artists out there also have perfectly valid musical backgrounds. Just because they happen to have cracked the code in offering up arrangements, melodies, lyrics, and song titles that seem to connect to people on a wide scale doesn’t make their artistic expression any less valid.
The elitism that circulates throughout a lot of music discussions is truly needless. To suggest that you can only receive credibility or validation if you like what’s been predetermined as “cool” based on completely arbitrary factors is deeply judgmental and dismissive to the point of ridiculousness. Never let yourself worry about what any of those types think about you. If you want to listen to the latest and greatest top 40 hit, then so be it. If it moves you then it’s doing it’s job. That’s all music is meant to do in the first place, elicit some sort of emotion that resonates with you or at the very least elevate your mood.
For anyone to say that any particular song’s ability to move people in those ways is somehow invalid just because it’s readily available or “mainstream” is to thrust themselves into the very definition of snobbery. There’s no need for such close-mindedness. If you have anyone in your life giving you judgmental smirks or even laughing at you because of your music taste, pay them no mind. When it all comes down to it, they’re the one with the problem. You should be able to like what you like with absolutely no exception. At the end of the day, it’s just music.