I’m right there with you. I’m afraid my musical taste is on the mellower side than is that of the general public. It’s about the only real down-side for me as a DJ. I find I play a lot of stuff that would NOT be my choice, but I’m playing to the crowd.
The target audience on this is obviously a 40-year-old female. The problem with it is that it relates to absolutely nobody else. Guys aren't going to dance to this, and neither is anyone under the age of 30 (because they aren't 80s anything).
Honestly, this song makes the 80s embarrassing. They needed it to hype up their concert tour, but where can they take it from here? Bruno Mars knows how to use the retro formula to his advantage, but he also knows knows how to craft lyrics that don't alienate 90% of the listening audience. NKOTB are proud to be cheesy at this point.
I kind of like it and the video has that throwback vibe. No one is mumbling and cursing so that's two big pluses there. Throwback parties is becoming increasingly popular now. In regard to the Backstreet Boys my daughters been two of their concerts where they were the main group out of 10 - 15 artists. The concerts last five hours and the amphitheater was still full when they came on. The singing and screaming was the loudest for them out of all of the groups. I'm not sure how their record sales are doing but they definitely have their fans and I am still play/get requests for their older stuff. I leave picking out the new stuff to my son and the charts. Thanks to Pandora, Apple Music, XM and I my Mp4s I don't have to listen to the current stuff on the radio.