The “OMG” Song (and the Power of Music)
It could be said that music, perhaps even more actively than any other art form, has the unique ability to connect people of all ages and backgrounds, and in an involuntary way at that. How many times have you been with a group of friends, acquaintances, or even strangers at an event and that classic “OMG” Song from your very first middle school dance booms over a set a speakers?
That song that initiates a wave of “OMG” from the lips of everyone in the room?
That is the power of music.
Qualities of an “OMG” Song:
- Typically the “OMG” Song will be a power ballad from the 80s such as “Eye of the Tiger” or “Don’t Stop Believing”
- The other type of “OMG” Song will be a song that is reminds you of you adolescence and your environment during that time, in my case, any pop song from the early 2000s
- The “OMG” Song will inspire everyone in the vicinity to dance, yell, and/or be jubilant
To illustrate the power of music, the playlist below provides great examples of “OMG” songs that connect and unite people:
The challenge for you will be to go through this entire list without liking at least one song.
Whether you enjoyed that playlist or not, think back to a time when music brought you closer to a person or a group of people you, otherwise, would have never expected to connect with.
This could have been at a Pitbull or Fallout boy concert. Maybe a free concert at Central Park, or at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas? How about sitting in a car with your best friend and his/her college roommate you’ve never met before when “Mo Money, Mo Problems” (Notorious B.I.G.) or “[Insert Current/Relevant/Timeless ‘OMG’ Song here]” comes on the radio.
Can you say impromptu dance break!
….dance break being more synonymous with shoulder shimmying and head bobbing, but an under-rated, meaningful connection none the less. (There’s not much room for a full-on dance break in a car after all.)
Music has the power to actively connect people, so it stands to reason that the world would be a better place if we listened to more “OMG” Songs, particularly with people we thought we “disliked”.
Readers, I ask you to create your own “OMG” Song playlist – use the power wisely!
By: Davonna Approvato, MBA/MM 2016