Starting a week after I wrote my pop hit limericks, the charts shifted dramatically. Most notably, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye finally fell out of the top ten after several months of consistently felicitous placement and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” hit number one. As for the latter, how is it as a song? Eh, it’s okay. Taylor Swift is hardly maturing out of her blindered teenage girl persona, but I never had any serious expectation that she would, and this song is basically just “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson but a little bit better.
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It’s enormously tempting to suggest that the primary difference between musical theater lyrics and pop lyrics is standards, but that’s not really fair. If musical theater lyricists received the same level of profit and adulation as the aggressively talentless ilk of LMFAO and Will.i.am, that would be fair.