The year is 2004. Despite my father (age 44) primarily listening to a combination of Steve Winwood, Level 42, Steely Dan, and Steppenwolf pretty much exclusively, he keeps talking about Gwen Stefani. He plays Hollaback Girl on the stereo. He buys Love Angel Music Baby on the Rhapsody music store.
Anyway whatever this phenomenon is, I am going through it with myself and Dua Lipa
@alex I remember a late-90s phase where my dad, who mostly listened to jazz & classical & 60s rock/folk/Motown, started coming home from the record store with random CDs like Boyz II Men and Faith Hill and Gin Blossoms
More recently, my stepmother-in-law was really into Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" which we found vaguely inappropriate (maybe because her own teenage daughter was still living with them)
dads.cool is a Mastodon instance for dads, running the Hometown fork of Mastodon.