It’s like my iPod is stuck on replay: Frequently aired songs inevitably get old

November 28, 2010 — by Kim Tsai

As I headed to my car on a sunny Saturday morning, I was singing the lyrics to “Like a G6” by Far East Movement. I turned on the radio, and the same song blared through my speakers. Oddly enough, I was not too surprised.

Everywhere I turn, the same song seems to be playing over and over again. Overplayed songs seem to be everywhere. I get that there are times when a song is suddenly popular, and there will be a huge craze over it. Sometimes, it spreads like a disease. However, is it really necessary to keep that song on loop for five hours?

For instance, Justin Bieber has some decent songs—for a 16-year-old boy, that is. Still, we need to put an end to this “Bieber fever” hype. Really now. This summer when I was at the Incheon International Airport in Korea, I suddenly found myself listening to Bieber’s “Baby” song (as if hearing it in the U.S. weren’t enough). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone singing it or seen the lyrics posted up as someone’s Facebook status. The same goes for… about a hundred other songs.

“Airplanes” by B.O.B. ft. Paramore’s Hayley Williams has thankfully been playing less on the radio stations. There was a time when I felt all Facebook statuses were: “Can we pretend like airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now.” It became aggravating because I can honestly say I’ve never pretended airplanes were shooting stars, and I doubt the majority of the people have either.

Simply put, people need to learn to put new things on their playlists and expand their tastes in music. Radio stations are especially at fault. They seem to keep the same playlists over and over and over again. Everyone likes the song “Like a G6,” but after listening to it five times in a day, it inevitably gets old.

Call me a hipster, but sometimes I’ll even listen to underground music just to get away from all of the overplayed songs that everyone listens to. Listening to the same mainstream artist’s voice gets on my nerves when I hear him or her on four different radio stations.

Kesha, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many others all need to take a break from their singing careers. I love them and their songs, but enough is enough.

I’d rather not have my iPod stuck on replay.

Top 10 songs I never want to hear again:
1. Like a G6 – Far East Movement ft. Cataracts
2. Your Love is My Drug – Ke$ha
3. Firework – Katy Perry
4. Baby – Justin Bieber
5. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem ft. Rihanna
6. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
7. Airplanes – B.O.B ft. Hayley Williams
8. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
9. O.M.G. – Usher ft. will.i.am
10. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars