Ruby's Corner

Talking ‘Bout Pop Music

The biggest songs at the moment have a few things in common: they’re about hooking up, clubs and how girls are fill-in-the-blank-with-inappropriate-words. This kind of makes me miss the sugary-ness of Taylor Swift and her boy-crazy songs. I mean, every song is “sexy” this and “pimp” that. I’m not saying it just started, I know it’s been going on for awhile. But sometimes it feels like that’s all there is to listen to on the radio.

So what I want to know is, what’s happened to good pop music? I haven’t been alive long, but I know a little bit. My pop world is probably different than yours. I haven’t started listening to the music my mom listens to – you know, Sleater-Kinney and The Wedding Present and Wye Oak and all that. I’m into pop and I’m proud of it. I love songs like ‘We Got The Beat’ or anything by Vampire Weekend. I like fun music where you can dance as wildly as you want to without bumping into people. (That’s MOSHing, I’m too young to do that yet. But I will, I’m sure, someday.)

Society – or maybe more to the point, MUSIC – has taken a huge spin. It’s not like I don’t like the beat of ‘Sexy and I Know It’ but, you know, the characters in the song are acting gross. Other songs, they’re so club-and-booty-obsessed. I don’t want to get my “freak on”. I’m a girl, I wanna have fun. Where is a song like ‘Single Ladies’? Why aren’t I hearing more girl-empowerment songs? Or boys singing about how awesome girls are?

Are my only fun pop choices KE$HA and LMAFO?

It’s almost as if ever since ‘Party Rock Anthem’ came out, every song is about “shuffling.”

But why are there so many songs like this? There are artists who sing about other things and I listen to them, like Adele or Bruno Mars. But then there are these songs with their terrible lyrics. Sometimes it doesn’t even make sense. If you haven’t heard of this band, they are called 3OH!3. I enjoy the beat of their songs, but have you listened to what they are saying? They are a good example of what I’m talking about. Check out the lyrics to ‘Don’t Trust Me':

She wants to touch me (Whoa)

Never Trust a Ho

Had red and purple lipstick all over the page

B-b-b-bruises cover your arms

Shush girl shut your lips

Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips

Am I the only one who just finds that gross and offensive? I’m not saying every song has to be like David Cassidy’s ‘I Think I Love You’, but you could at least say something better than “Shush, girl, shut your lips / Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips”?! That’s disgusting and demeaning to women. Meh.

So please, I love you, music people, but please make one song that isn’t about clubs or hooking up or SOMETHING! Please start making that doesn’t make girls feel bad about themselves. Or have girls drunk in the clubs. Or call us names that we start calling ourselves in songs that we shouldn’t be. You know what I mean? Maybe listen to some Blink-182 or GreenDay if girl bands annoy you. Anything that will get you inspired to make inspiring awesome pop music.

What do you think? Let me know here! Or holla at me on Twitter or on my blog.

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