This might be a subjective statement, and I’ve been on a kick where I’ve been listening to approximately three songs over the course of a week, but: “Kids” by MGMT is the greatest song ever written.
There are obviously different interpretations of what the song is talking about (big among them include environmentalism, growing up–it’s sampled in “Opposite of Adults”–and bad parenting), but that’s part of why it’s so good. Good art isn’t easy to solve, and may have different meanings depending on who’s looking at it–or in the case of “Kids,” who’s singing it, because it’s been covered by so many different people in so many different ways.
The original song, regardless of what the actual meaning is though, reminds me of when you’re at a club and you know it’s time to leave because everything has gotten too overwhelming, too loud, too much, but for whatever reason, you can’t leave. You’re stuck in this loud, simultaneously too bright and too dark space moving even though you’re too tired. That’s not the lyrics, it’s the music itself. And it invokes such a sense of what, maybe, nostalgia? That you don’t want to turn it off. I have been listening to this song for seven days in a row and I cannot stop. It’s not even MGMT’s only famous song, but it’s the only thing that I can listen to.
I can even forgive them for the incorrectly cited quote in the beginning of the music video. I love this song so much.