First Hit #1: September 18, 2010
It’s not a complicated song, Teenage Dream. It’s just a silly love song, about very young people who are totally in love and excited about sex and adventure. It’s a tale as old as time, and also as old as pop music itself. Yes it does include references to sex that would be significantly more couched in metaphor 50 years ago, but it’s not really explicit either – it’s just kind of teenage, which is appropriate given that it’s a teenage dream rather than a grown-ass adult dream. Perry knows her audience, and it could be argued that she’s pandering the hell out of them with this song, but honestly that’s not a bad thing. It’s a catchy pop song with a great chorus and lyrical content that’s kind of charmingly innocent. Katy Perry’s pet lyrical themes – things are great, you’re great, the people who this song is about are also great – are all present and accounted for, and she’s having fun with it. It’s a fun little summer jam, and she does a good job with it.