Got time to do some reading? Willing to make some? Slate’s put together a list of the New Classics, in books, TV, movies, music and elsewhere, and it starts out with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” As a site that’s written the headline “If You Hate The Black Eyed Peas, You Hate America,” and that hasn’t changed the headline in about three-quarters of a year, of course we need to bring this to your attention.
At least some of you have to be incredulous right now. What qualifies “I Gotta Feeling” as classic? Well….
Some songs become classics because they are the purest expression of the musical movement that produced them. Some songs become classics because they’re just undeniably good. “I Gotta Feeling,” by the Black Eyed Peas, has very little to say about politics or culture; as hip-hop, it can’t compete with Kanye or Lil Wayne; and its goodness is frequently and convincingly denied. Yet the song has entered the canon for the simple reason that it will be played at every wedding you will attend for decades to come.
So there you have it. In this list, it’s up there with the iPod and The Wire (and the Star Wars Kid and Uggs), but in the music world, it enters the canon of the Electric Slide. And really, they have a point–which pop song of the past decade’s more qualified to get the wedding party started? There was a niche; it’s filled. And now tonight can truly be a good, good night.