I don’t usually watch American Idol, but I stumbled upon it last night and got hooked. I was really disturbed by the fact that some of the song choices were Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (although he ended up going with another Mariah song). It’s not that I was disturbed by the lameness of these songs, it’s that the theme was “songs from the year you were born”!
How is it possible that someone on American Idol was a fetus when The Lion King came out? I may have only been in second grade in 1995, when the youngest contestant was born, but I remember it well. That was right around the magical time that I discovered MTV and got a cassette player.
At first I was grossed out by it all, but then I felt bad for them. They missed out on some prime music years in the mid ’90s. That 1995 girl didn’t even realize that she could have sung one of the greatest angry girl songs of all time: “You Oughta Know.” They also missed out on all of this: 175 reasons why being a 90s girl rocked our jellies off
I was curious to see what choices I would have had from 1988. It was a cheeseball year for music with hit songs like “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Got My Mind Set On You.” I probably would have just shown the judges how much swag I have and won the competition with my rendition of “Wild Thing.”