I can always find an excuse to like pop-music, I enjoy all sorts of music in general but pop music is usually kind to your ears. I could almost liken it to ear candy, it is simply music that seems to sway rather than be about a major subject. The song is usually embracing, and clear to get that "feel good" sense, pop music is not geared towards subjects, but more so tone, and an instant sense of gratification, for some that is not cutting into other more logical choices for music to be provocative. Certain songs have a intensity that is amazing, songs themselves carry more meaning that is immediately seen. Words can be camoflauged to mean something else, but still be the same word, such as in a song from the 70's called "The Back Stabbers", the song implies that people are seen with two sides, the song says "they smile in your face, the back stabbers" there are double meanings that make the song smart and yet slighly cliche'.
I know of at least two other favorite songs such as "Magic" by Pilot, the first time I heard that song I was in a friends house. I was about 13 we were graduating 8th grade that year the song was amazingly pleasant. I could swear the floor under me was moving. I'd never had that kind of impact from a song before. Even though there were a number of sweet melodic songs from that era from anything from "Mama Cass" to "Nell Blue di Pinto di Blue" or "Song Sung Blue". There were more songs in that era that reflected that feel good stuff, that was drawn over most of my generation like walking in a big purple cloud.
Latter on Rock and Roll had more of an influence, but really it was the pop scene songs like Petula Clark's "Downtown" had a wonderful sense to the musical grace. Then there were other poetic songs from "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", to "The Day The Music Died", I can still hear my eighth grade music teacher saying what was so different about this song. She said, "it was a musical allegory", in other words the song told a story. Then she proceeded to tell us what some of the more prominient messages were. Music was all over in those days, it either sang about somebody who feel in love, or it sang about someone who was out of love, rest assured what ever it was, if it were happiy and sweet it was called pop music.
Bubble gum is sweet, and so is "Love in My Tummy", those types of lyrics are delightfull to a nice pair of young teens who not only discover the sweet stuff in life, but also the whole nuisance of young love. Sharing lollipops, talking about favorite songs and going to pick up a ice-cream cone are what pop music is all about. It is fun, infectious and lacks responsibility. It is all the feel good stuff, minus the seriousness that other songs project either in tone or in suggestion that is present in music.