Yes, this song is old now. But seriously, how can anyone deny the power of pop music for good when something like this tops the charts?
Bout to get real analytical.
If the power this song and its exposure holds in our society is not apparent to you, chew on this. What are the first songs you remember hearing? Do you remember the ones that had a real impact on you? It was either something your parents played or something from the radio. There is a whole generation of adolescents right now who are hearing music through young, hungry ears, and this, as a #1 song, is one that they are all hearing. (Remember how impossible it was to escape the Backstreet Boys?) And not only are they hearing it, they are hearing it all the time. The implicit message they get from hearing it all the time is that it must be popular. And therefore, what he’s saying is also popular.
A whole generation is coming of age with things like this. Thank god.