Seniors turn the radio dial through time


Michael Mathis, Web Opinions Editor

When a majority of the class of 2014 emerged from the womb in 1996, the Macarena was dominating the airwaves as the Billboard Charts #1 performing single. The song inspired a new wave of bar-mitzvah dances and awkward sways.

When one looks up the words “Macarena Wedding” on YouTube, there are over 25,900 results.

“I don’t think any current pop song could rival something like the Macarena,” Emily Ressler ’14 said.

But others are willing  to throw a few names into the ring: “Turn Down for What,” “Low” and “Drunk in Love,” to name a few.

“Those will be playing at our weddings,” Sylvie Lexow ’14 said.

As the senior class prepares to leave childhood in scrapbooks, many students are looking back and wondering whether the pop music of today will hold up.

Although the Macarena was voted VH1’s “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder” in 2002, Lexow remains confident that the radio play of her generation will be remembered just as well. When asked why, she offered a simple answer.

“Probably because of the twerking,” she said.

With songs like “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” focusing on subjects such as drugs and sex while sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, Christopher McKinney ’14 believes that this vulgarity is what keeps some music popular today, and will allow it to stand the test of time.

“I don’t believe that vulgar music is popular, I believe that music becomes popular because it is vulgar,” he said in a Facebook message.

However, some can’t be bothered to listen to the music of today, much less classify it as iconic.

“My car is set to the classic rock station and that’s a majority of what I listen to so I’m happy with that,” Samuel Adelman ’14 said.

“95.9 The Fox,” dubbed as “Fairfield County’s Only Classic Rock Station,” has a total of 2,840 likes on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the page for pop-music station “106.1 BLI” has garnered 51,083 likes.

Nonetheless, students like McKinney believe that the idea of any future generations having iconic songs is no longer relevant, citing platforms such as Sirius XM Radio, which allow users to pick and choose whatever songs they want rather than be subjected to repetitive radio airplay.

“I always find myself satisfied,” McKinney said.

At the end of 2013, the “Hollywood Reporter” reported that Sirius XM radio currently has over 25.6 million subscribers worldwide.

But, through it all, Lexow still has some restraint.

“Personally, I hope they won’t be playing at my wedding,” she joked.