Today I was approached by my cousins 11 year-old stepson who wanted to checkout my iTunes library on my laptop. I hesitated to hand over my laptop for fear of him accidentally deleting my work or stumbling on some unclosed porn window. I decided to let him check out the goods and went on with what I was working on. About 4 minutes passed by before I heard “Oh my god, Tony, please tell barbie girl isn’t yours!” It took me a little while to register what he meant, but as soon as I realized he was trying to be cool and making fun of the song (and perhaps me) I replied “The fuck is that supposed to mean?” to which he said “That’s such a girly song, I can’t believe you have it.”
Now let me say that I am known for being “hardcore” in my musical taste, as Sebaz could attest to. All I would listen to during high school was Metallica, Slipknot, KoRn, Dream Theater, Coal Chamber, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc. This has slowly faded with the years into a more mellow mix of the Counting Crows, Jason Mraz, Sarah McLachlan, Elton John, and others. I still listen to a lot of rock, just not as much and not as “hardcore” as it used to be. I’ve also added some electronic music into my current trend. This is why Sebaz considers my musical evolution to be more of a general pussification.
Anyway, I was confronted by an 11 year-old and was immediately put in fight-or-flight mode. I choose the former. I quickly pointed out how he used to play with a barbie, the same type of barbie the girl he likes plays with. That shut him up. I then took him to lunch ’cause I’m not a complete asshole. No fries though because he’s a little chubby.
His comment brought up a point I’ve debated many times before. What qualifies a song as being girly? Why would listening to these songs make you any less of a man (or more of a woman)? Take the following list of 10 songs I have in my iTunes library:
- Aqua – Barbie Girl
- Nsync – Tearing Up My Heart
- Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
- Vengaboys – We Like to Party!
- Air Supply – All Out of Love
- Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
- The Divinyls – I Touch Myself
- Boyz II Men – Water Run Dry
- ABBA – Dancing Queen (I have no idea how this got in actually)
- James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
I’ll even go as far as saying two of the songs on that list are actually on my top 25 most played songs. In fact, You’re Beautiful is actually my number one most played song. I was as shocked as you to see that, trust me. I’m man enough to say that not only do I have these songs in my iTunes library, but I also like most of them. Granted, some have a play count of less than 5 but still. I’m not ashamed to listen to these songs (except dancing queen, which I’m going to delete after this post since I was framed), and neither should you if you like them.