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“At least she kept her clothes on for once”. From Fifth Harmony to Shawn Mendes, I asked my mum to review 2016’s biggest hits


Sometimes it just feels like our mums don’t get our music taste at all. Reactions to today’s pop trends range from casual disinterest…

To downright disgust…

We just couldn’t understand how mums just don’t get it at all so we decided to find out exactly what is going on behind those frowns and glazed-over expressions.

We took some of the biggest hits of 2016 and asked an unsuspecting mum to give her honest opinion and that is exactly what we got… 😕

Let’s get to the first victim artist:

Shawn Mendes – ‘Treat You Better’

Mum: I think that in the video he looked like a creepy stalker who wouldn’t give up. He just wouldn’t take no for an answer and I felt like saying, “she doesn’t want you. She’s not interested”. The shower scene reminded me of the horror film ‘Psycho’…

I do appreciate his deep bluesy voice though.

MP!: OH THANKS MUM! Just trash our fave why don’t you. Every word is like an invisible blow to the face.

Fifth Harmony – ‘Work from Home’

Mum: The video like The Village People’s ‘YMCA’ meets Men at Work’s ‘Down Under’.

They’re very good singers though.

MP!: Nothing wrong with a bit of ‘YMCA’.

Sia feat. Sean Paul – ‘Cheap Thrills’

Mum: Who is that terrifying little girl?

MP!: That would be Maddie Ziegler and she’s very talented.

Mum: She looks like Cruella de Vil.

MP!: Harsh. But we can see it.

Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’

Mum: Ooh I love this one. It’s very retro. Kinda reminded me of a Michael Jackson song and I loved all the randomers in the video.

Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez – ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’

Mum: Why isn’t Selena in the video and who the hell was that randomer who was pretending to be her? Couldn’t she be bothered to appear in her own video?

MP!: She’s very busy touring right now.

Mum: Meh.

Dad: I like the song but I feel it goes on a bit.

MP!: Where is the face palm emoji…? Oh well, this GIF will do.

Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – ‘This is What You Came For’

Mum: This Rihanna one is my favourite. At least she kept her clothes on for once. But that figure who occasionally appeared in the background looks like a stalker. I found it disconcerting.

MP!: That figure would be world-reknowned producer and occassional underwear model, Calvin Harris. He could stalk us any day. *Drools*

Mum: There are too many whoops and not enough lyrics. The tune is good but there’s basically only six sentences which are just repeated.

MP!: Quality over quantity. Those six sentences are pure molten gold.

Sigh… looks like we’ll never see eye to eye with our mums about today’s pop music, but at least she was game enough to give it a go, bless her. Tweet us @maximumpop if you and your mum are on two different planets when it comes to pop.

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Written by David Farrell

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David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".