It's funny how people from every generation think that their era's popular music is, you know, the trendiest of all time.
And I say this as, of course, a child of the '80s with full confidence that my age group's musical genre is totally, like, the coolest of the cool, for sure.
Look, I think it's pretty apparent. Don't believe me? Um, have you seen a little television phenomenon called "Glee?"
Just in case you somehow got stuck in Doc Brown's "Back to the Future" DeLorean and aren't aware, "Glee" is arguably television's hottest show at this particular moment in time.
Want to know why it's so hip, now and happening? Because it's retro - all the way back to a little decade when Pac Man was the newest game sensation and MTV played music videos.
Sure, it could be the beautiful actors or their amazing voices. It might be the comedic flair or the tendency to address timely teen topics. (I'm a new viewer but can already tell I could do without some of them; still, I digress.) No, no - it's the revival of 1980s music that's catapulting "Glee" to the top of FOX's primetime lineup.
There are some that will say the show's creators are just delusional middle-agers reliving their collective youth as part of a nationally-viewable midlife crisis. But those "some" are just Bob Dylan-worshipping big-hair haters who are jealous of the super awesomeness of the '80s they are simply out to get us, er, '80s enthusiasts.
One of my dearest friends, Jessica Bloss of Beloit, is also 15 years my junior. She and my fresh-faced teen niece Kelly are self-confessed "Gleeks" who have been badgering me to give "Glee" a chance.
I did - only to discover some of the greatest songs of my youth being reconfigured and recreated for young and old alike to enjoy. Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" and Human League's "Don't You Want Me, Baby" never sounded better, by the by!
Oh sure, the show throws in hits from today's songbirds (i.e. "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "Tik-Tok" by Ke$ha) just to pacify the young'ns but the real glue of the program is the '80s stuff, dude.
I mean, main character, Will Schuester, is such a die-hard Journey fan that he could be my husband Kerry. (Note to self and the rest of you: Kerry and his best friend Joe have seen Journey a combined 4,872 times.)
It's not just Kerry, Joe and I. We three, Jess, Kel and "Glee" fans throughout the country - including right here in the Mahoning Valley - are totally tubular for the music of the 1980s.
We can't all be wrong in our devotion to the hair-band, gender-bending techno-pop and super fun sound of the '80s, can we?
"Oh, definitely. You guys had the best music, hands down. When you were young, it must have been really rad to listen to the radio ... even though radios were so archaic back then," said my new acquaintance Shelly Zeigford, 20, of Liberty.
It's hard to argue that my generation had the most prolific songwriters of that or any other age. I submit the lyrics of Bonnie Tyler's hit (recently featured on "Glee," natch) as Exhibit A.
"I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark. We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks. I really need you tonight; forever's gonna start tonight ... Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart. Nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart."
People, they just don't write 'em like that any more - and if you don't believe me, ask the Greg Kihn Band.
Look, hearing those old 80s tunes transports us back to a simpler time when driving Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was all we wanted to do and Michael Jackson was not only still alive, but also an impossibly talented entertainer extraordinaire who often flaunted bubbly Brooke Shields on his arm.
It doesn't matter what the '80s-bashers say. We all know which era's music has enough staying power to shine bright in 2011. So bright, in fact, that I may just have to wear my "Sunglasses at Night."
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.