In Defense of Pop Music

I used to hate pop music – vehemently, in fact. But I’ve started to come around.

A neurologist once told me that the medical benefits of dancing around freely and listening to uplifting music is the best kind of exercise you can get for both your body and your mind. Who wouldn’t rather dance around to some silly music than waste 30 minutes on an elliptical machine and then spent another 10 meditating? Same neurological benefit, people!

With the advent of moods changing as fast as celebrity couples (thanks to having two kids under the age of three) pop music has been a savior when I need to just tune out and put a smile on my face. Is that why it’s so popular? Is there some rhythmic formula that tells your brain to be happy and carefree? I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t care anymore, as long as it makes me forget my cares. Pop music, I am finally a fan.

Here’s a Spotify playlist with a few of my favorite tracks, new and old, when I need a mood boost. Hope you enjoy!

Jenna L. Kashou