“Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry

People tend to be a bit ambivalent about this song, generally partitioning it off into the category of the ‘guilty pleasure’. It is quite seriously one of the stupidest songs ever written, with lyrics that would make Britney Spears roll her eyes, but it also happens to be unbelievably catchy. The melody is such a success as a pop tune that people actually feel the impulse to defend this song, but since no defense is really possible, the ‘guilty pleasure’ category is the only one into most people can comfortably place it. And since I am not immune to those impulses myself, I won’t question that ambiguous definition of quality too much.

Verdict: I plead the fifth.

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