Okay, so I have to say I don't bother to listen to what's popular today, so I don't know much about what plays on secular radio and such. Most of the music I listen to is Christian or Christian related. (I do listen to some secular music, ones with good lyrics.)
When someone linked to a music video saying here's this week's most popular song, I was struck not only by how much the music totally sucked (and I listen to a good variety of music) but by how shallow the lyrics were. Literally, just about being sexy.
So out of curiosity, I looked up a list of the [URL="www.billboard.com/charts/hot-1…
"]currently most popular songs[/URL]. Only looked at the most popular 10, don't have time to look up all 100. (And the songs on that list change with the popularity, so it's a bit different lineup now than two days ago when I looked at it.) More than half of the songs were about sex. (Taylor Swift is an exception. I'm not much of a fan of her music, country break-up songs aren't my thing. But I at least know her songs aren't about being sexy or having sex.)
The music I listen to is not like that. The music I listen to has lyrics that are deep and meaningful and make you think
. That's what I go for in music. I'm human, I have a sex drive just like anybody else--but I don't get the appeal of music that focuses so much on sex. Music is supposed to be an expression of emotion--like poetry, but sung to music. But I guess the music we listen to reflects what's on our minds. Just like art and poetry.
Some say that Christian music is no different from secular music. I beg to differ. None of the music I listen to has the message that those songs on the top 100 list do.
Now, don't get me wrong--I do not
think just mentioning sex is a no-no. Sex is a fact of life, something all humans have a basic instinct for--I actually do not
think it should be a taboo subject and I don't mind talking or even joking about it at all. It's the way people place so much importance on it that I don't get, or why so many of the most popular songs are about it. Music is like poetry, and it seems like there'd be so much more to cover in an art form like music than sex. (Also the way it is mentioned, as if having sex or having a sexy body is the most important thing in life when it isn't.) You feel me?
Thoughts are welcome.