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Monday, August 21, 2006

Los Angeles Times Publishes "Seven Great Teen Pop Songs," But Did They Get It Right?

The LA Times had Heidi Hurst, the editor of teen mags Tiger Beat and BOP, compile a list of "Seven Great Teen Pop Songs." Let's take a look...

1. "...Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears)

No arguement there.

2. "Mmmbop" (Hanson)

Okay, now this one doesn't get the props it deserves in retrospect. But Heidi says it "single-handedly revived the teen pop scene." I'd say that was achieved by Spice Girls a few months earlier here in the U.S. in '97. You can't even argue that Hanson were real teenagers at the time while the Spice Girls weren't, because, as Heidi points out, Zac was only 11. Plus, Kelly Clarkson is on here, so this list isn't restricted to teen artists.

3. "I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys)

Should have been #2, if not #1.

4. "Since U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson)

Can't help thinking this looks out of place amongst these late '90s/early '00s-era classics, especially since the sound of teen pop changed by the time this came out as a single last year.

5. "Bye Bye Bye" (*NSYNC)

Right on.

6. "Complicated" (Avril Lavigne

God, she was irritating.

7. "Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera)

Again, in keeping with the era, I would have put down "Genie In A Bottle" or "What A Girl Wants." Her image was hardly teen pop at this point.

All in all, a super groovy list for the paper to include. And of course, this is a list of "great teen pop songs," not greatest. But we woulda swapped out Avril and Hanson for 98 Degrees ("The Hardest Thing") and Spice Girls, or even Mandy Moore's "Candy."

What would you have included?



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