Why You Shouldn't Be Embarrassed to Listen to One Direction

Saturday night, I went to a One Direction concert with one of my best friends and my sister. People tried to make me feel bad about it.

Music should never be a guilty pleasure. EVER!

As someone who listens to such a wide range of music, I'm often made fun of, due to certain musical selections that I make. A few years ago, I would hide who I listened to, stopping people from scrolling through my iPod Classic (RIP) in fear of getting roasted because my "Recently Played" playlist consisted of Jesse McCartney and B2K, instead of CCB and New Impressionz.

Fast forward to now and I have adopted a life-saving, I-don't-give-a-fuck, suck-my-ass approach to music that has eliminated the notion of having a musical guilty pleasure. I do not feel guilty about buying the *NSYNC Greatest Hits album and neither should you.

I've noticed that people are afraid of admitting to liking particular artists because of the perception the majority has of that artist. What does Justin Bieber looking like a lesbian (bitch where?!) have to do with the fact he is a great artist? People refused to admit they loved "Somebody to Love" because it's pop and by Justin Bieber, even though the song is damn great.

"I can't listen to no Justin Bieber. His shit for little girls."

And? So? Are you only allowed to listen to music targeted toward your demographic? I don't think so, buddy. I am a 21-year-old black woman and I will listen to music for preteen white girls if I damn well please. You know why? BECAUSE IT IS EXCELLENT!!!!!!! If I were to only listen to music targeted towards my demographic, I would only be listening to Beyonce, Nicki, and Rihanna. A girl can only take so much Nicki Minaj... trust me.

Not allowing yourself to like, or even listen to an artist, because of how they are perceived is just sad. Music is too freeing and expressive to have rules, so boxing yourself into what you **think** you should be listening to is, for lack of a better word, stupid.

I will not apologize for liking One Direction. I will not feel guilty for liking Justin Bieber. I will not feel shame for liking country music, pop music, or anything else not “targeted” toward me, and you shouldn’t either.

One piece of advice that I will give anyone when it comes to music is to break out of your comfort zone. There is so much good music in the world ready to be listened to by you. So instead of playing Dirty Sprite 2 for the 50th time, listen to FOUR by One Direction or Anything in Return by Toro y Moi. Maybe you’ll realize you like something new.