Translating the lyrics

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Music has defined every generation, and continues to shape how society holds itself. Today, music can is filled with electric mixes and crazy instrumental solos. Unfortunately, music has taken a turn for the worst. Not only is it condensed with questionable lyrics, but its pure makeup seems to be muddled with unorthodox topics.

The idea is that we listen to our favorite bands because we can relate with their lyrics. But, it is troubling to find most top songs on the charts are explicit and have controversial  matter.

It’s understandable that many don’t try to find out the underline meaning to a song that has been heard once. Most first listen to a song because they find the beat enjoyable.

Controversy has come up about the popular song, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. Many critiqued this song about being “creepy” and “basically describing rape.” The song definitely is inappropriate, describing sexual actions. Yet, with all of this controversy swirling around it, it still remains at number 10 on Billboard.

“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz is number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s catchy, sung by an eligible 24 year old, and has all of the potential for being a top hit. But, when looking at the content of the song, one shouldn’t overlook what point Derulo is putting across.

The song describes how “talking dirty” is an international language, and women from all around the world don’t need to speak English to understand what the singers (Derulo and 2 Chainz) want.

Lyrics like “Sold out arenas, you can suck my [explicit]”… “International [explicit]”… “Her [explicit] so good I bought her a pet,” show that the song is self-serving to the singers.

Throughout the song you can hear background voices of foreign women saying phrases like “I don’t understand” and “Jason?” which adds to the idea that these women don’t understand what is going on, yet the singers persuade the women to perform sexually explicit activities.

Both “Talk Dirty” and “Blurred Lines” are very straight forward, and you don’t have to listen to it twice to know what it’s about. The question still remains, why are they making the top charts on Billboard, when the content is so blatantly obvious?