An Ode To 'Basic' Joys, Starting With Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

December 16, 2014 2:36 PM

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An Ode To 'Basic' Joys, Starting With Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

Welcome to a new HuffPost series, chronicling a slice of life we all know well. In launching "Popular Things That Are Also Good," we were inspired by a recent piece in The Atlantic, a love note to a certain 2004 breakup anthem, which the article's writer Kevin O'Keeffe declared the greatest pop song in a decade.

Strangely relieved at having a secret pleasure validated by a writer with a fancy title, we considered other indulgences compromised in an age where the word "basic" has become an insult -- universal hits like salted caramel, or the stories of Roald Dahl. Who said popular things can't be good? Banis...

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