The ethereal magic of music has the power to transport you not only to new worlds, but into inexperienced emotions. We tune into the radio or, more likely Spotify, as a means of channeling someone else's experience. When we're sad, music can bring us up, and when we're happy, a song can pull us down. Music has the power to unite and divide us, it is perhaps the most influential art on our daily lives.
Popular music, more so than even television and movies, has a way of bringing us into the zeitgeist. Not all your friend's have seen Minions or Captain America: Civil War, but chances are they've all heard Rihanna's 'Work' or Pharrell's 'Happy'. The omnipresence of music in our lives means that we don't find it all that unusual when movies have pop soundtracks because it channels our own musical experience. To completely avoid music would mean locking yourself in a cabin in the woods, or else losing your hearing entirely. For all that, many of us actually spend very little time actually listening to what is happening in the songs we're listening to. We hear the chorus, we feel the beat and that's it. How often does it happen that you really listen to a song you've maybe heard a hundred times before? How often are you surprised by how little of it you understood, or how you never really paid attention to the lyrics?
This list is here to force you to listen by pointing out the hidden dark meanings in some of your favorite songs. Some of these might be obvious to you, but chances are, they aren't to a lot of people. What other songs should we have included? What song has the darkest meaning?
15 I Shot The Sheriff, By Bob Marley
14 Closing Time, By Semisonic
13 Hotel California, By The Eagles
12 Semi-Charmed Life, By Third Eye Blind
11 Like a Virgin, By Madonna
10 Chandelier, By Sia
9 Paper Planes, By M.I.A.
8 Born In The USA, By Bruce Springsteen
7 Waterfalls, By TLC
6 Bad Blood, By Taylor Swift
5 Perfect Day, By Lou Reed
4 You Oughta Know, By Alanis Morissette
3 My Sharona, By The Knack
2 Possession, By Sarah McLachlan
1 Poker Face, By Lady Gaga
Poker Face is the song that introduced the world to Lady Gaga, bringing into our lives the newest pop phenomena who would change the face of contemporary music. What is Poker Face about though? Is it about, gambling? Love? Keeping it together? There are certainly elements of these things. The song reportedly is about Lady Gaga's bisexual desires and being in a relationship with a straight man with whom she has not disclosed this information. The poker face she is referring to is her current beau's inability to read her true desires. Straight from Gaga's mouth, she once said about the song: "You know his song is actually about when I was making love to this guy that I was dating a long time ago, I was thinking about chicks every time we had sex." Now an icon to the gay community, working for gay rights internationally, Lady Gaga is more open about her sexuality.
Sources: American Songwriter, Indiewire, Muse, Washington Post, HuffPostLive
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