Song: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha
Reached #1: January 2, 2010 (her first, 9 weeks)
Yesterday, the selected #1 was a genuine rumination on the value of protest, an acoustic number by two singer/songwriters. Today, the only available #1 is an autotuned character study by a singer/songwriter who’s nothing like her stage persona. How far we went in just 44 years…
As best as one can tell from outside, Kesha Sebert and Ke$ha are completely opposite personas. The on-stage persona, a drunken and flirtatious party girl, was clearly designed to connect with high-school and college-age kids who see her as a kindred spirit. She’s the daughter of a country/rock singer based in Nashville, and has been onstage all of her life (including in a crib during her mom’s shows, if you believe Wikipedia, and you probably shouldn’t).
I could go off on a rant about how autotune and overproduction has “ruined” music, or how an artist playing a role isn’t producing genuine art… but I’d be lying. Music is entertainment, in the end, and clearly Ke$ha’s stage personality entertains an audience. So I choose not to sound like an old fuddy-duddy. And the song is kind of catchy. Besides, if it wasn’t for autotune, we wouldn’t have had Rebecca Black. No, wait, bad example. Let me try again later.
And who doesn’t love a song about drinking and partying, right? (Hint: “fuddy-duddy”)
There’s an entirely different kind of party song on deck tomorrow. See you then.
Other songs reaching #1 on January 2:
None. Bupkis. Zilch. This happens sometimes.