Despite how cynical this song might song, this is an incredibly positive tune - albeit the angriest one I'll post this month. I'll explain.
This song very clearly acknowledges that people are complex, and feel anger, and rage, and sadness, and yet still put on a positive face and push forward. Yes, absolutely, it's a satire of how hit music is written - the hook truly will bring you back - but it's deeper than that. The song is an absolute piece of art, because it works on so many levels.
Now, usually, we talk superficially about the music, and dive deep into the lyrics on these posts. This one is different, because the genius is just so much better. When John Popper wrote the song, he took inspiration, and by inspiration, I mean the chord progression, from Pachelbel's "Canon In D". It isn't anything ground-breaking that he did that - but given how much that song is used at weddings, it adds to the positive vibes of the song.
Now, over on Totally Covered, we have a tremendous cover that mashes the two together. Here, we have a little live music for you.