Defending pop music is a common theme in my blog. As a DJ, I am often expected to maintain a strong "cool factor" in the music I listen to and play. What's cool? It's so relative, but just because an artist becomes a top 40 king or queen, doesn't mean they can't be cool anymore.
I was a 'tween' in the early to mid 90s. I came across a few cassette tape mixes that I use to 'rock to' on my Sony Sports Walkman. check it out.