In the last 60 years, music has changed dramatically, and I’m not just talking about the styles. When love and romance was the theme for most chart topping pop songs in the 50’s, now the top 40 is full of sex, living in the moment and wiggling ‘big fat butts!’ How has it changed so much?
The Beatles were known for their songs about love. In fact they used the word love 613 times in their songs. But how have we gone from ‘I wanna hold your hand’ and ‘Love me do’ to ‘Push up on me’ and ‘Twerk it’?
Bruno Mars, among many other artists, make direct reference to having sex. In Gorilla: ‘You and me baby, making love likes gorillas’ and Lazy Song: ‘Meet a really nice girl, have some really nice sex’ are both examples where not only is sex being described but also casual sex with no strings attached.
The Snoop Dogg rap featured in Jason Derulo’s song ‘Wiggle’ takes singing about sex to another level, with the lyrics
‘I just wanna strip you, dip you, flip you, bubble bathe you
What they do
Taste my rain drops, K boo
Now what you will and what you want and what you may do
Till I deeply penetrate it
Then I take it out and wipe it off’
Is it just me who thinks this is far too far? Do the people who are purchasing these songs even realise what the lyrics are? And surely they are more interesting subjects http://nygoodhealth.com that music can be written about?
Last year, Robin Thicke’s hit ‘Blurred Lines’ was even banned from being played at over 20 student unions in the UK, because of the debate that the song’s lyrics were degrading to women and linked to rape.
The 1960’s saw the era of sex, drugs and rock and roll. But how come it’s now 50 years later where sex is being so explicitly described in music? It seems sex drugs and rock and roll was more about the rock stars lifestyle, and they didn’t feel the need to include such descriptions of what went on in their private lives in their music perhaps? What happens on tour stays on tour right?
Celebs such as Rhianna and Miley Cyrus use controversial lyrics and half naked videos to get noticed in the music industry. How has it gotten to this point? You would think with all the talent shows that we are subjected to every year, that music would be more so about talent than ever! But their music has become less about their talent (which is a shame because these ladies are talented) and more about what they are wearing/ singing about as a way to get their music noticed. They say sex sells, and I suppose they are right, unfortunately.
And what does the future hold? How far will celebs have to go to get their music heard? And how much more sex can be crammed into a 3 minute song?