First Hit #1: February 7, 1981
I’m going to have to admit, I don’t like Celebration. The fact that it’s incredibly overplayed doesn’t help – it continues to pop up whenever someone wants to have a celebration, which makes a degree of sense – but my main problem is that the song itself is so calculated, even if it’s arguably a fairly well constructed song.
The issue is that it’s so vague, so fitting for any celebration, with a fairly simple dance beat and a nicely done chorus of voices to get people excited. It is a song for celebrations, it sounds celebratory, almost as if it was deliberately designed to be just that, a bit of background music for stuff which it has been decreed represents a potential good time. It just sounds so calculated, and reduces the free-form joy that represents celebrating into a mechanical and corporate disc of vinyl, then plastic, and eventually just plain data. The song tells you what it wants, what you’re expected to take away from it, and where it is to be played. It is squarely on the commerce side of that intersection of art and commerce.
I don’t know if this opinion is driven by any flaws in the song or simple overexposure, but I can’t glean any fun from the song, it’s just too perfect for its little pigeon hole. Feel free to berate me for hating fun.