Written by Kristen Davis. Media by Stephen Hillrich.
Music has a way of relating to us better than humans sometimes. When you find yourself down because you got rejected by a girl, your date was terrible, you just broke up with your boyfriend, your dog died, or another terrible situation that you don’t feel like dealing with occurs, music has always had your back; especially the music from your childhood, which in this case are the 90’s.
The 90’s had it all; Backstreet Boys, ‘NSYNC, Dream Street, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child–the list goes on and on. However, throughout the last four or five years, we have slowly but surely seen the rise of a few new boybands/girlbands. Although those of us who grew up listening to Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC would beg to say that they are irreplaceable, One Direction has proven that they are definitely worthy of a second thought. The way these bands captivate our emotions and attention is astounding. This is evident through the disturbing amount of tears shed by thirteen year old girls and even twenty-one year old women on March 25th, 2015 when Zayn Malik announced his departure from the band. In fact, it was reported that people even called in sick for work to grieve the loss of the precious band member. What does this say about our society? Is music simply a form of entertainment? Is it a means of escape for emotional situations? Is it just a fad? Obviously, the answer varies depending on the person, but it’s something to think about.
I would say that we don’t necessarily consider the talent of a band, but more the appearance and emotion that the band makes us feel. When I listen to One Direction, I can’t necessarily say that the lyrics are deep and meaningful, but my emotions automatically are positively impacted after listening to “What Makes You Beautiful” [see video below]. I think that boybands and girlbands were not created to have deep lyrics and sing from the heart like other musicians (Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, etc.). I believe that these bands were formed to encourage crazy, fun, spontaneous nights of driving in the car with your best friends for hours with the windows down singing at the top of your lungs. These bands were created to have screaming and adoring fans that worship the ground they walk on. It’s a fad. It’s a fun, harmless activity to participate in that has provided entertainment to crazed fans for decades when bands like The Beatles and The Eagles were around. Although times may change, some things never do. Boybands and girlbands are making a comeback and crazy fans couldn’t be happier.