I guess it’s the literature major in me that always wants to analyze song lyrics. I don’t listen to a lot of new music; I’m more of a classic rock fan. But occasionally, I like to take a look at what’s popular on the charts and read the lyrics to see if today’s songs are beautifully poetic or just downright awful.
I took at look at the Billboard Top 100 Chart this week, and here are the Top 10 songs that the kids are listening to today:
I didn’t really understand one word of this rap song until I watched the video. The singer is looking back over his life and struggles, as well as some of the nation’s.The song is about a dysfunctional couple who fights hard, throws things and slams doors. The guy keeps saying he’s going to leave, but he can’t break free from the sexual relationship. He prays he’ll only stay one more night, even though he’s said it a million times.
There should be a disclaimer on this song warning people not to listen to it if they don’t want its simple, repetitive phrases lodged in their brain for several days. The words: “I wanna scream and shout and let it all out. And scream and shout and let it out” are repeated over and over until the next day, you’re driving in your car, and you literally want to scream and shout and let it all out of your head, but it won’t leave. The words just stay there. Takes two Tylenol and about three days for the effects to wear off.
Back in the day, Prince wanted every one to party like it was 1999. Then 1999 passed, and I guess Justin Beiber decided we should start planning to party a millennium from now with the line: “We gonna party like it’s 3012 tonight.” Just how do these people know whether or not any of us will be partying a thousand years from now? Isn’t it a bit presumptuous to plan a party that far in the future? The message of the song is that all Beiber needs is beauty and a beat, or a woman and dancing. Sounds very Fred Astaire.
The singer is taking a relationship journey with someone and reassuring them that he’s going to make a good home and future for them, leaving the bad things behind.
Occasionally, I have to watch the videos to figure out what the heck the song is actually about. Thift Shop is apparently a parody about thrift shopping. I couldn’t really discern whether or not the guy singing was a fan of saving a buck at the Goodwill or a not.
3. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Taylor says she fell hard for a boy that didn’t care about her, and now realizes she’s to blame because her instincts told her he was trouble from the beginning. Now he’s moved on, and she’s just another notch on his belt.
Rihanna sings about a bright, shining relationship with another.Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Mars has met the woman of his dreams and calls his sexual relationship with her, a spiritual experience. He’s never had much faith before but he’s “born again” every time they are in bed. It’s paradise, and compared to his past experiences, he now realizes he’s been locked out of heaven until now. I‘m not sure, “Open up your gates cause I can’t wait to see the light” is a very romantic line.