Crush on You – Aaron Carter

The one where a 10 year old tries to seduce an older lady
Released 1997

This post was HARD. I first began drafting this a few weeks ago and had this song stuck in my head for DAYS afterwards and then I was too terrified to come back to it. Honestly, I’d be walking back from the supermarket and all of a sudden I would have this high pitched,
“HOW DID YOU KNOW cos I never told…” out of nowhere.


But then signs began appearing, telling me that I needed to finish the post. The first was the most obvious, being my best friend asking me,
‘Where is your Aaron Carter post?’
Then my cousin, who is the exact opposite of a cheesy 90s pop fan, inexplicably shared this actual video on his Facebook the other day, bemused this song even existed.
Then I was looking through old photos and came across this – the remnants of Aaron the glacè cherry from high school (yes we named a glacè cherry). We named the glacè cherry after Aaron Carter because it was tiny, like him (back then). Over 10 years later we found him in an envelope with some rose petals and an article about Christina Aguilera.

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‘Write that blog post!’ said the glace cherry

So here it is. Aaron Carter. He was the Justin Bieber of his day. He had parties, wanted candy and he beat Shaq. Pretty iconic. This is a cover of The Jet’s song from 1986 – it’s predominantly sung by women and yet it’s still not as high pitched as Aaron Carter’s version.

The video begins with Nick Carter giving Aaron a pep talk (which is cut out of the video above). Aaron complains that the girl he likes, fancies ‘muscle men’ aka. Not 10 year old scrawny kids like him. Why is that I wonder? Is it because she looks, oh I don’t know, 25 years old?

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She’s out of your league, out of your age group, out of your generation, Carter

“You’ve got to be yourself, girls like that,” says Nick Carter, swaggering off in his gangsta gear.

Aaron magically finds a professionally printed sign alerting him to a talent show. Nick told Aaron he had to be himself, remember, and as we all know, Aaron himself is talented. Perfect!

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Seems legit

The song begins with Aaron perplexed how this girl managed to find out he has a crush on her (“You must have heard it from my best friend, she always talking when she should be listening…”), when the little twerp he begins the line of whispers himself. Only got yourself to blame. Don’t blame this on your pretend best friend!

“…How did you know, because I never told…” he insists at the beginning of the chorus.

No actually, Aaron, I just said, you DID tell! Look! You told this dude right at the start. Photographic proof. Lies!

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Chorus is null and void

Going to be honest, I felt especially creepy watching a prepubescent kid singing ‘The way you move was so self-assured’ while doing the lady-curves move and then seductively running his hands down his overalls.

Eventually the line of whispers ends at the girl of Aaron’s affections. And her reaction to being told a 10 year old has a crush on her #accurate

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Aaron wins the contest with his sexy dance moves *shudder* and he scores the top prize which is … a cougar!

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How is this okay?

But in the last seconds, a girl actually Aaron’s age comes along and straight away Aaron has left his cougar for this new, age-appropriate girl. I can’t say I’m not relieved but still, you spent an entire music video and a talent show in order to get your cougar and then you just leave her? You’re a tease.

What is Aaron Carter up to now? Well he’s just released a new song called Fool’s Gold, in the video he has a nifty piano tattoo and you know what, I actually quite like the song. And again…



  1. Alex's Crazy Stupid Blog · June 26, 2016

    Oh dear Lord I’d forgotten all about Aaron Carter. I do remember hearing this when I was 8 and thinking my sister had accidentally taped it off the radio at double speed. Upon discovering that this was, in fact, the song’s actual pitch, it didn’t exactly warm to me all that well. If I remember correctly his penchant for dating questionable women continued into what was left of his career – didn’t he date Lindsay Lohan or did I imagine it?


    • 90spopcorn · June 27, 2016

      Haha, it definitely sounds like it’s double speed! Oh yes – I’m pretty sure there was a Lindsay Lohan v Hilary Duff spat over Aaron!!!


  2. Kristin · June 27, 2016

    This is GOLD! Well worth the nagging but I hope the song has stopped playing on auto-repeat in your head now 🙂 I am stoked that Aaron the glace cherry got a mention too haha!


    • 90spopcorn · June 27, 2016

      I think posting this entry has put it in my head again! Yaaaaay


  3. emlog2015 · June 28, 2016

    I had forgotten this song! I loved it as a teen lol 🙂


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