Comfort food music: “Boys” by Charli XCX

It’s been pretty stressful around here so I’ve found myself revisiting a song that always makes me feel better: “Boys” by Charli XCX. The music video in particular is just such comfort food. It’s washed in tones of bubblegum pink and features many of your favorite male musicians being wholesome. Plus Joe Jonas erotically eating a stack of pancakes, which must be seen to be believed…and enjoyed. 😉

I’m also thinking about the difference, if there even is one, between “guilty pleasure” and “comfort food” music. Perhaps the former is just a shade of the latter, just with overtones of shame layered over it. I’ve written about guilty pleasures before and am firmly of the mind that if you like something, just go ahead and like it

Besides, “Boys” is all about a woman enjoying herself. She’s thinking about all the boys she wants and has taken more than a few of them. That’s part of what makes the song just so much fun, in addition to the light puff-pastry quality of the beat underneath it.

Have a listen. Hopefully it has the same stress-reducing properties for you as it does for me.

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