It`s generally a well known fact that I like boybands. I listen to One Direction, the Backstreet Boys, Westlife. But also a LOT of Asian groups: Arashi, Kanjani8, SHINee, DBSK, Super Junior, Big Bang, you name it, I`ll (probably) listen to it.
I am well aware that this is something that apparently only silly 13-year-olds are allowed. Listening to boyband music has a kind of stigma on it. It`s generally frowned upon for people my age to still listen to them. This is something I do sort of understand, but in all honesty? I don`t care. I`m 23, I like these groups, I like their uplifting music, deal with it.
I`m luckily well past the age of putting up their posters and buying all the merch though. I`m fine with only listening their music now.
“But Charlotte, their music is so produced, and crappy!”
To me, it seems like there is some sort of “social standard” in the world. Young teenagers listen to the big names, to the produced, computerised music. And it`s not “cool”. But if you do want to be one of the cool guys? You`ll listen to acoustic/rock/self-produced/indie.
What does that make me though? Because I listen to those too.
No but seriously: I like boybands. In fact, I`ll dare say some of them have changed my life, maybe even saved it.
I`ve been through rough patches in my life. There was the time my mother was in the hospital every couple of months thanks to two tumors in her brains. There was the time where people I thought were friends completely dropped me and started ignoring me because I was getting better grades than them.
There have been more of these, and guess what? At those times, it wasn`t the indie music that helped me get through, it wasn`t rock music I could shout along to. It was the boybands, with their cheery music and their “it`s going to be okay” and “keep believing” lyrics.
Their songs have cheered me on when studying, they have helped motivate me to keep going, they have helped me realise life isn`t all that bad, they helped calm me down when something was wrong. They`ve even given me friends who also like the same groups, and who turned out to be really great people. Their songs have achieved something rock music has never done: they made me feel better, happier, and more confident.
And I`m not going to apologise for that or feel ashamed for it.
(Bonus: here`s the song my username everywhere is named after. Because yes, it`s from a boyband. One of the best ones around: Big Bang)