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My Boyfriend Reacts to Pop Songs

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In a night of boredom and curiosity, I decided to ask my boyfriend his thoughts on some popular songs. Jess, my boyfriend, is very much not in pop music. All five songs on this list have been on the Top 40 charts for at least one week in the past year. Let's see how this ends up going.

​Song No. 1: "What Do You Mean" by Justin Bieber

It's Justin Bieber. This isn't really something I'd listen to, I think. If this came on the radio, I'd be like, "Eh, not right now." Except "always" is "not right now." It's just awful slow, not really my thing. It's not that I thought the song was bad; I don't know. It's not what I think of when I think of Top 40. I don't even know why it's on the Top 40; it's probably just because it's Justin Bieber.

Song No. 2: "Hotline Bling" by Drake

Really? Really? I don't even listen to the radio, and I know who this is. You can go ahead and turn this off. I don't get it and it's weird. I tried to listen on my own, and I couldn't. It's a lost connection song, and I get that. I like weird stuff, but it's trying to be weird instead of "we're weird and we don't care." It's like back when I was in seventh grade when people were like, "OMG, so random" when you're doing it on purpose. It's the complete opposite. Stop it.

Song No. 3: "Drag Me Down" by One Direction

Is this One Direction? Eh, it's not really my thing. I don't have anything against them; the song, it's just not my thing. I mean, if I turned on the radio for some odd reason I'd be like, "Oh that's the song Chantelle showed me."

Song No. 4: "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King (Warning: Video is NSFW.)

Her voice is unique. This is something I could listen to. I'd have to listen to more of the artist to determine if I like her, but this song is something I like. I dig this; I could be about this. I don't know if this is something I'd, like, rock out to, but if I heard it on the radio I'd probably be like, "Oh I'm gonna risk my life right now so I can open up Shazam and find out who this is."

Song No. 5: "Black Magic" by Little Mix

This is the kind of song that comes on after a song I like, and I'll be halfway through it before I realize that I don't like it and change the station. This is catchy enough that if I'm not sitting in traffic doing nothing, I probably wouldn't change it. This is bordering on potentially guilty pleasure song. I'll probably catch myself humming this tune just because of the pure catchiness. I don't know who it is, but I assume the song's called "Black Magic." It's what I imagine teenage girls at a sleepover listening to.

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