By Abby West
Updated August 09, 2011 at 06:56 PM EDT

I can’t get Selena Gomez out of my head. And I really, really, really want to. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the Disney pop princess or her inane dance song “Love You Like a Love Song.” I just seriously want to stop hearing/humming/even-partially-liking it.

But if you’re a parent of a tween girl like I am, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time with the family TV stuck on the Disney Chanel, which manages to play the video for the song what feels like countless times over the course of an hour. I’ve seen the video — with its references to generations past — just once, as a conscious choice to stay up on what the kids are watching (sigh). But between the kids replaying the shows (yes, they still do that as tweens) and radio plays, it feels like I’ve heard it or pieces of it against my will innumerable times. Now I’m sitting at my desk humming it. Embarrassing.

It reminds me of a time when I was in high school and I caught my mother singing/rapping “The J, the I, the M, the M, the Y, the J, the I, the M. It’s Jimmyyyy, It’s Jimmy…” in the kitchen. I cracked up knowing she had no idea what the Boogie Down Production song meant, only that she’d heard it playing out of my room countless times and it was stuck in her head. I’m shuddering now thinking how quickly I’ll become the clueless one. (Shhhhhh. You don’t need to tell me it’s already happened.)

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