Alright, I know what you’re thinking. Teenage Dream? Katy Perry? Isn’t this old news? Admittedly, the album is nearing the 10 year mark. However, Teenage Dream can never actually get old. Regardless of your current opinions on Katy Perry, there really is no way to deny her abilities and influence. Going back to 2008, her debut single “I Kissed A Girl” from her first major label record One Of The Boys, gained exposure due to its shocking nature. “What? A girl declaring that she has kissed another girl? Blasphemous.” It was also a perfect pop hit, and that’s what she continued to release over the next two years with mega hit “Hot N Cold,” the Top 40 ballad “Thinking Of You,” and Top 10 hit (and a personal favorite) “Waking Up In Vegas.” Though, everyone was left to wonder if she could continue to keep the momentum or even exceed the expectations of the pop industry. Well, in 2010, she blew everyone away and cemented herself as one of the greatest pop acts of all time. Teenage Dream became that rare untouchable pop album of the 21st century. Breaking multiple records, and topping charts everywhere, Teenage Dream was a historic forward movement for pop, continuing what I call “The Golden Age of Pop.” What is the Golden Age of Pop, you ask? Well, to me it’s the greatest era in pop music — where every pop artist brought their best to the table and basically took over the charts. I’d say that moment lasted between like 2007 – 2013 and included other artists like Kesha, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and many more. Katy Perry was instrumental in keeping pop on top and today I’ll be focusing on her specific impact to the pop industry, including what this album meant personally to me. Without further ado, let’s dive further into Teenage Dream.