Is It Okay To Like Rob Thomas?

UPDATE: Here's why it's totally acceptable to like Rob Thomas!

Rob Thomas is one of those musical mysteries wrapped in an enigma: In many ways he seems like an unremarkable anti-rock Everydude. An overgrown frat boy who REALLY REALLY REALLY likes to talk about weed even though he's past the age where it's appropriate to talk about weed use and it just becomes embarrassing to witness. But he's also a MASSIVE rock star who probably doesn't have to work another day in his life.

Most of the time, I'm pretty confident that Rob Thomas' music falls squarely into the genre of Mom Rock, but other times I'll pretty much bawl my brains if I hear "If You're Gone." And if I go home and visit my parents, and I'm driving around and "Smooth" comes on the radio (and "Smooth" always comes on the radio), I will crank that ish to deafening levels and squeal along.

CLEARLY Rob Thomas is doing something right, as he and matchbox twenty have sold about a bazillion albums, he's got white-boy soul in spades, sometimes in secret I find him attractive, and he seems like a really down-to-earth guy who's able to laugh at himself. (And he supports charities and organizations I care about, which is cool.) So, I ask you, is it okay to like Rob Thomas? If you're not a mom?

+ Watch Rob Thomas' new video, "Her Diamonds," and, after the jump, watch his live performance of "Her Diamonds" from on It's On With Alexa Chung, and tell me if it's okay to like him. Okay?