Driving around and playing stay-at-home dad in my beat up old SUV, I usually enjoy listening to the radio, whether alone or with my wife and boys. I have nine preset stations programmed in on the box with those ranging from funky rock and roll to classical music. To make an honest confession, I am one of those nervous Nelly radio listeners. I change the station whenever commercials come on. Radio advertisers take note, you have yet to produce commercials of any kind that grab my attention and/or make me want to buy anything enough to ever go through with it. That is why I am still happily driving along in a beat up car that was out of style years ago.
Anyhow, back to the radio. After enough listening to the radio while driving, I have noticed serious patterns to the favorite songs of radio stations in any given state I’ve lived in. In the Denver area, it was a close tie between “What I Like About You” by the Romantics, and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Being that I don’t listen to any top 40 stations, new songs are not considered. In my opinion, they have yet to had the chance to withstand the test of time. Sorry Taylor Swift. And so without further hesitation on this the 26th of January, 2016, it is with great pride that I announce the Utah State Radio Favorite to be……Everything She Wants – by Wham! Click on the link to see the official music video in all of it’s 80’s glory! Although it’s not the radio edit, I felt sharing the real deal important to getting the real flavor of the times in which the song was released.
I wonder what it is that has brought this one to the top for those of us in Utah. Does this song touch the hearts of a high ratio of men who are drawn to demanding and inconsiderate women? Is it the catchy tune (me and my boys’ only claim to enjoying this song)? Does the majority find happiness in listening to any song, no matter the subject matter, so long as the tune is good? Or is there some broken button down at the radio station, or some totally biased algorithm written by some long gone employee of the station controlling the playlist? In what little I know of modern radio, it seems the DJ’s have less and less involvement with the specific lineup of songs as time goes on. The longer I listen to any given station, the more I’m inclined to believe the idea that each station has a certain play list of only the most cliche titles to match their station’s genre, and every day the shuffle button is hit on that play list. Either way, I guess me and the rest of the Taylor clan will keep rockin’ out every time it comes on. Now I just need a couple of medium-sized Utah flags that automatically come out of the top of my car and fly anytime the song comes on. Where is Xzibit and the ‘Pimp My Ride’ show when I need them?