Songs I Should Hate But Don’t: “Best Friend’s Brother” By Victoria Justice

It’s been a while since I did a SISHBD (rolls right off the tongue, right?). The long and short of it is that I have been paying even less attention to pop music lately and therefore hearing much less of it. Then yesterday, I got up early with the missus because the baby woke up, turned on the TV and was shocked to see music videos on MTV. Victoria Justice’s “Best Friend’s Brother” happened to be one of those videos. I have done zero research on her and have no idea who she is, but I feel like this song is kind of subversive, I just can’t put my finger on why. Maybe it’s because she’s dressed like a teenager, but has a woman’s voice? Maybe it’s all because of that Risky Business scene inserted for no real reason? Maybe it’s because the song mentions that the BFB in question is a punk rock drummer and the dude in the video looks like he fell out of OneRepublic’s tour bus? Maybe it’s because of that old dude fist pumps to the “BFB” chant? Maybe it’s because it seems like BFB could stand for something else I’m not cool enough to understand? Maybe it’s all of these things together making me think that this isn’t just your average teen pop song. Maybe I’m wrong, if so, she’s still got a good voice.

I have no idea what the video is flipped/backwards.

Songs I Should Hate But Don’t: "Party In The USA"

As much as it pains me to admit it, Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The USA” is one damn catchy tune. I know it’s been out for a while, but I haven’t been getting up early enough to watch videos on MTV, VH1 or Fuse lately, so here you go. Also, I wonder if her favorite Jay-Z song is my favorite Jay-Z song.

Songs I Should Hate But Don’t: "That’s Not My Name"

I first heard this little ditty by The Ting Tings back when Opie and Anthony were still on the air here in New York (damn you whatever KROCK is called now!). They were basically saying how they wanted to hate it, but it’s just so damn catchy. It wasn’t until a few weeks or months later that I heard the full thing while in the car with Em (she’s always got one pop station or another on) and it turns out they’re incredibly right.

It’s like catchy crack.

Songs I Should Hate, But Don’t: "I Love College"

Wow, this was supposed to be a quick post. Tell you how much I like a song I shouldn’t, throw up the video and be done with it. For some reason, though, the people behind Asher Roth’s “I Love College” video don’t want it embedded anywhere on the internets. I don’t really understand this practice, considering a music video is basically a commercial for your product and why wouldn’t you want that commercial plastered in as many places as possible?

Anyway, I first saw Roth performing this song on those between-the-show-and-commercials that MTV does. The d-bag flag went off immediately in my head, “Another goofy white kid rapping. Oh, and it’s about drinking at college? Blarg.” Well, thanks to Fuse, MTV and VH1 I’ve seen this video a bunch of times and it’s really grown on me because, all in all, it’s just a fun tune.

No, college isn’t really like that (at least mine wasn’t), but the days that got close were the most fun and the ones I remember today (like drinking martinis at 10AM after the waitress gave us the stink eye and asked us if we knew how early it was). Damn, good times.

Also, upon further viewings, Roth doesn’t seem as douchey. Sure he’s bragging about a rad party (a seemingly endless one), but aren’t most rap songs about braggadocios dudes telling you how awesome (or terrible) their lives are. I’ll call myself out and say that I discounted Roth because he’s white (and probably younger and more successful than me), but I’m glad I’ve given this song a few more listens because it’s a lot of fun and I think there’s a smile and wink somewhere under all the “my life is awesome” talk. But, hey, if not, I’m still down.

For those of you who didn’t click through on the link above, you can watch a picture of Roth while the unedited song plays below. Yeah, it’s lame, but I’m not looking to spend anymore time trying to find this damn video to embed.