Whether you’re watching television, listening to the radio or walking through a store, it’s nearly impossible to get by without hearing about somebody’s big booty, poppin’ bottles in a club or making love like gorillas. Inevitably, we are continuously surrounded by music that is becoming increasingly inappropriate and accessible to younger audiences.
Although the content of these lyrics can be deemed offensive or too explicit, it has practically become a norm to hear children sing the words to these songs and know them by heart. True, we live in a society that is far less “taboo” about things than it used to be, but one cannot deny how disturbing it is to hear a ten-year-old singing “Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby, let me know…” but not be able to spell correctly or know their multiplication facts by heart…pretty sad if you ask me.
These catchy tunes are not only being played on the radio, but are also featured in some of the most popular commercials. Other than being glued to their iPads or laptops, what else are children mesmerized by? Television. Unless you’ve turned on a kid friendly channel, television is not nearly as censored as it used to be. It seems as though the media has loosened its reins and society has come to accept this as the new “norm.” Sexual content, drugs and profane language have practically become a requirement in order for a song to be a hit. It only seems to be getting worse with time.
10) “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd
Ariana Grande has had a very successful year as her singles “Problem”, “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder” have made it quite high in the charts. Her sweet voice and innocent looks make it hard to realize that her hit singles focus entirely on sex. The song and music video clearly demonstrate one thing: A girl asking a guy to pleasure her and convince her that what they have going on is “beyond bliss.” Ariana sings, “If you just let me invade your space, I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain.” To which the Weeknd replies “And if in the moment I bite your lip, when I get you moaning you know it’s real. Can you feel the pressure between your hips, I’ll make you feel like it’s the first time.” It makes you wonder whether or not a 10-year-old realizes what it is they’re singing about.
9) “Chandelier” by Sia
Unless you have actually read the lyrics, you probably haven’t realized that the song is talking about getting drunk to the point where you have completely lost control. When listening to it quickly, one might think the song is about being free spirited and living in the moment. However, the lyrics say otherwise. “But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight.” The message this song is sending to younger audiences is that it’s fine to “throw ‘em back till [you] lose count” and suffer the consequences the next day. Getting drunk and high is being referred to as a problem solver and an escape, when really we should be encouraging young audiences otherwise.
8) “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo
Not only does this song have racial connotations, but also its entire focus is on sex and how disposable girls can be. The song opens with “I’m that flight that you get on, international. First class seat on my lap girl, riding comfortable.” These first two lines are clearly metaphors that most young people would take literally. The first thing they’d be picturing would be flying on a plane, when really the lyrics are talking about something else entirely. Not to mention how Derulo swiftly drops “We can ménage a three, though” which is yet another sexual reference that most kids wouldn’t understand.
7) “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
One of the most popular anthems sung by practically everyone. Where to start with this one…“I’m still in the Murda Bizness” or “You should want a bad b***h like this (huh?) Drop it low and pick it up just like this (yeah) Cup of Ace, cup of Goose, cup of Cris…” The first verse alone mentions murder, swearing and the consumption of alcohol. All positive habits to reinforce, right? Clearly Iggy Azalea did something right when writing this song as her quick and savvy rap lyrics have made their way into so many young minds. It makes you wonder, if a teacher asked a kid to blurt out the lyrics to “Fancy” or to remember their oral presentation by heart, which one would prevail? Pretty sure it would be Miss I-G-G-Y.
6) “Beg For It” by Iggy Azalea
The title says it all. The entire song talks about being a tease and making men beg for “it.” Lyrics such as “pay me by the hour” and “Hooked boy, I’m like a drug, If you want my love better smoke it up” simply flaunt the idea of being paid for sex. Azalea has clearly had a very successful year, making it fairly obvious that she is good at what she does. However, the reason she’s so successful, is because society accepts and encourages the type of image she is portraying. This is not to say that what she is doing is wrong at all. It simply shows that by us encouraging it and getting accustomed to these types of messages, we are not “protecting” kids from these messages either. It would take a lot more than us “begging for it” to prevent these messages from reaching our kids’ ears.
5) “Animals” by Maroon 5
When thinking about this song, it’s pretty hard not to envision a bunch of hamsters working on the 2015 Kia Soul EV. Seems pretty innocent until you look at the lyrics and realize that the song isn’t so innocent after all. The opening lines are: “Baby I’m preying on you tonight, hunt you down, eat you alive, just like animals…” After the first listen, one might not realize the severity of the song as the cute hamster commercial easily misconstrues their interpretation. As the song progresses, we realize that the entire song is about sex. The song is filled with similes where the lyrics are actually describing human behavior. The lyrics successfully mask the message by making it seem as though animals are after each other, when they are really talking about people. Finally, let’s end this off by taking a look at the euphoric drug references…“You’re like a drug that’s killing me. I cut you out entirely. But I get so high when I’m inside you.”
4) “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea
Although this is J.Lo’s song, Ms. Azalea has managed to make her way into the top five songs of this list. Where to start with this one? The 45-year-old mother of two managed to make jaws drop when she released her hit song “Booty” in the fall of 2014. Not only is the song dirty, but the video is even more provocative. Here again, both the song and video are easily accessible to all audiences as it wasn’t deemed “provocative enough” to be censored. “All the sexy girls in the party. Go and grab a man, bring him to the dance floor. Go on let them jeans touch you while you’re dancing. It’s his birthday, give him what he ask for.” It is probably safe to say that giving “him” what he “ask for” implies giving a very physical birthday gift. During the bridge of this song, Iggy drops a beat and whips out “I’m queen big booty Iggy, now find me a bone to sit on.” Let’s face it, kids are proud of being able to rap like Iggy. Only, they don’t realize that the bone she is talking about is not a dog bone…
3) “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
It would be nearly impossible for “Anaconda” not to follow “Booty” as they have practically been universally placed in the same category. “Anaconda” was released towards the end of summer 2014, right before “Booty”. The first thing we need to look at is the lighthearted beat of the song. Not only is it a rip off of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” but the tune itself is contagiously catchy. Nearly all of Nicki Minaj’s songs are fast paced, which explains how she cleverly inserts provocative lyrics such as: “I let him hit it ’cause he slang Cocaine. He toss my salad like his name Romaine.” It takes a few listens before actually realizing what is being said and how she has managed to insert subliminal messages so easily. It makes you worry when the most common lyric being sung by kids is “Oh my gosh, look at her butt!” Seeing as this is 2015, we know that they’re not referring to the famous ’90s hit anymore.
2) “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo
“Habits” made its way to number two for the simple reason that the entire song is about sex, drugs and partying from beginning to end. There is not one verse that does not focus on these themes as the entire song is based on the idea of filling a void. Not only does the song talk about her unhealthy “habits” but it also portrays an image of feeling worthless and dependent. This is shown in the lyric: “Can’t go home alone again. Need someone to numb the pain.” The audience that is most easily targeted by this song is young teenage girls. We have all gone through those teenage years and all the rough times that accompany them but some take it a lot harder than others. When hearing youngsters singing “I get home, I got the munchies. Binge on all my Twinkies. Throw up in the tub. Then I go to sleep,” you wonder how literally they will take these messages and how they’ll react the first time their heart is broken.
1) “Bang Bang” by Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Holding first place, we have the very popular “Bang Bang.” While the title of the song basically gives it away, it is essential for listeners to really take a moment to look at the lyrics. The song starts off with: “She got a body like an hourglass, but I can give it to you all the time.” This opening line sets the tone for the rest of the song which pretty much portrays how competitive sex can be. “See anybody could be good to you, You need a bad girl to blow your mind.” The song is catchy, easy to remember and performed by three very big artists, so it’s no wonder why kids are walking around singing “Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it) Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it).” When looking at the content of this song, it makes you wonder how we got to this point where sex, drugs and alcohol are considered acceptable material for kids to listen to? Although most of them don’t quite understand what they’re singing about, the answers to their questions are merely a click away. It just goes to show how uncensored music has become…we can only imagine how it will be ten years from now.