Pizza is my favorite dish. I eat it twice a week. But if someone offered it to me at every meal for the rest of my life, I would say no. I love sushi, burgers, tacos, etc. I like to change the food once in a while which will eventually land me in the hospital.
Variety is an important part of life, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to the music selection in the local bars and nightclubs.
Each establishment has their favorite songs to play, which is fine, but there’s no reason why half your playlist should be the same as it was two years ago.
One song that plays endlessly in every room is “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill. I was so harassed by this song that I would like to file a restraining order against it. Every time I hear this song, I wish I was Mr. Potato Head so I could take my ears off.
I know all the lyrics, but I reluctantly recite them with a straight face in protest every time the song starts.
That’s not to say I never liked the song, but I just heard it too much. I love Goodfellas, but if someone held my eyes open and forced me to watch it A Clockwork Orange style, the movie would lose its shine.
“Callin’ Baton Rouge” is a local favorite that haunts me every moment of my life, awake and asleep. Garth Brooks invades my subconscious while I sleep, bombards me with change and then pours coffee on my head. It’s not a pleasant experience.
Again, “Callin’ Baton Rouge” is a great song, but after hearing it at every LSU football game, party, and bar, I’d like to erase it from our collective consciousness.
I’ve been called grumpy by my friends when discussing my thoughts on overplayed songs before, which is an entirely fair criticism. I’m proud to be one of the greatest haters of all time.
My tempers aside, it seems lazy to recycle half a playlist from week to week. DJs play songs that they think the majority of people know or at least can dance to, but there are far too many songs that accomplish this goal for the same twenties to keep popping up.
ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” is a common choice for DJs dipping their toes in the water of 70s pop. However, other similar popular songs from that era like “Gimme! Give me! me! (A Man After Midnight), “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” or “Stayin’ Alive” are rarely heard.
When it comes to the 80s, you’ll be lucky to catch a day when the DJ is playing Madonna’s “Material Girl.” You would be hard pressed to find a song by Michael Jackson, even though he is probably the most famous musician of all time. .
For the 90s and 2000s, customers will get “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado and Timbaland, and that’s it. Don’t hold your breath for Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC.
There are so many songs and artists that never get played. Local DJs seem to have picked their few favorite songs from 50 years of popular music and let them spin each week.
To diversify their music selection, bars and nightclubs should try to hire DJs who enjoy music and are willing to change up what they play each week. My ears would thank them.
Frank Kidd is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Springfield.