My family, friends and I don't listen to much new music. If we're listening to a new song, chances are it was made by an old artist.
I've got a binder at home full of CDs from the 1970s, '80s and '90s, along with a handful of newer releases. Whenever possible, I'll choose a classic rock radio station over Top-40 music, and if a song came out before my parents were born, chances are I either don't like it or have never heard it.
Like most people, I know what I like to listen to, so why bother tuning in to anything else?
If I hear a new song, it must really be getting some radio play, and I couldn't avoid hearing it at least a couple of times without crawling under a rock.
For example, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was impossible to avoid. I have co-workers who have spent lunch breaks watching "Call Me Maybe" parody clips online. After the song played a few times consecutively, I'd plug in my headphones and listen to a radio station on the Internet.
Jepsen, by the way, was named Billboard's Rising Star of 2012 recently, and I apologize if her hit is now stuck in your head.
Here's what's stuck in mine: PSY's "Gangnam Style."
Our entertainment reporter, Dusten Rader, warned me about this song recently. He called it "strange" and said I should give it a listen. Well, "strange" is better than "terrible," so I gave it a try.
I don't hate the song as much as I thought I would, but it's still not really my thing.
A lot of people like it apparently. The song's music video has been viewed more than 530 million times on YouTube. If you're an NFL fan, you've probably seen the video's dance performed on fields after sacks and touchdowns.
According to Billboard.com, PSY is a South Korean singer and rapper who became an international sensation after "Gangnam Style" was "immortalized in a video with campy choreography that simulated riding a horse."
And, according to Wikipedia, "Gangnam Style" is "a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul."
If you haven't heard the song, or even heard of it until now, good for you. If you've never heard "Call Me Maybe," that's even better. Enjoy it while it lasts.