It’s time, once again, to translate the lyrics of the top five singles on The Billboard Hot 100 chart. Again, I don’t really intend to make a moral judgment about the lyrics, even though some I’ve analyzed before undoubtedly warrant parental advisory stickers. My interest stems more from a desire to productively channel sarcasm and literary criticize.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, three of the top songs by Fergie, Alicia Keys and Chris Brown many help you feel romantic, while OneRepublic’s “Apologize” will likely have the opposite effect. The song has staying power though; it’s been on the chart the past 25 weeks, while Keys’ “No One” has hung in there the past 20.
Low: Flo Rida, featuring T-Pain, sings about a woman dancing in a club. The song initially reads like a commercial for Apple Bottom Jeans and Reebok, two brand names used to describe the woman’s apparel. The rapper explains that he is quite taken with the woman, who easily persuaded him to spend a lot of cash during the course of the evening. It is ambiguous, but the woman is possibly an exotic dancer.
Apologize: In the song by OneRepublic, a man dangling by a rope in a relationship lets go and ends it, telling the woman he’s with “It’s too late to apologize.” He still loves her and needs her, but he’s fed up.
With You: In this romantic song, Chris Brown sings about how much he loves his girlfriend. He’s proud she’s his, and because he has her, he doesn’t need money or cars. He’s in love with her, and calls her his “whole life.”