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In Praise of Teens: A Playlist for "Teen Choice 2011"

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In "Changes" by David Bowie -- a song I loved as a teenager and love even more today -- music's greatest chameleon sings about a new generation that's "quite aware of what they're going." As the father of a thirteen-year-old, I think those words beautifully describe the generation of teens today. They're smart. They're worldly. And I'm happy to say they're also dramatically less full of prejudice than any of the generations that preceeded them. Much more than my generation, they see racism and homophobia as silly -- which, of course, they are. That's the kind of change that we can all believe in, and I'm here to praise teens and lift their credit rating to AAA. That's because teens are making many excellent choices these day -- as opposed to, say, Congress.

"Teens are a fantastic audience," says Bob Bain, Executive Producer of Teen Choice 2011, which airs on Fox Sunday night, hosted by the lovely and charming Kaley Cuoco. "They're also a very loud audience, which we greatly appreciate. As Producer Paul Flattery adds, "This is the thirteenth year of Teen Choice, so the show is itself a teenager. People can expect the show to get increasingly irritable and difficult to deal with over the next few years."

Think that you don't like anything that teenagers like? Well then open your mind and embrace your inner teen. Here, then, are some songs on the iTunes Top Songs chart right now that teens out there are listening to that I think are worth a listen by anybody of any age. Please tell me what your favorite teen songs were, or say what current hits make you feel young -- even if you're very old. . . like 20 or something.

"Pumped Up Kicks" -- Foster The People
"Super Bass" -- Nicki Minaj
"Lighters" -- Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars
"Blow" -- Ke$ha
"Who Says" -- Selena Gomez & The Scene
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" -- Katy Perry
"Remind Me" -- Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood
"Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga
"Skyscraper" -- Demi Lovato
"Moves Like Jagger" -- Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera
"Best Thing I Never Had" -- Beyonce
"Give Me Everything" -- Pitbull
"If I Die Young" -- Band Perry
"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele
"How To Love" -- Lil Wayne
"Mean" -- Taylor Swift
"Otis" -- Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Otis Redding
"Out Of My Head" -- Lupe Fiasco with Trey Songz
"Dirt Road Anthem" -- Jason Aldean
"California King Bed" -- Rihanna
"Party Rock Anthem" -- LMFAO
"Just A Kiss" -- Lady Antebellum
"Homeboy" -- Eric Church
"For The First Time" -- The Script

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