I'm putting together a list of songs for my 2nd year JHS students. So far, here's what I've got:
Linkin Park - My December
Smash Mouth - All Star
Backstreet Boys - I want it that way
It's a 25 minute listening class, so I figured I was gonna start from these 3 and see how they go based on the kid's level. Smash Mouth, the singer does a pretty decent job enunciating, Linkin Park does have a lot of voice mods and such that they use, but My December is pretty slow. BSB, I ain't gonna lie, I kinda like this song now (though back in HS it was trendy to hate them. =P)...
I was also thinking of other songs, like Bon Jovi and such. I'm in the same boat, where I think most modern day music sucks, but that might just be age... Damn kids won't get off my lawn :(