There are so many great songs from different genres that you could quote lyrics for days. What is your favorite type of music? Those song lyrics can really stick with you in different ways. Some have deep meanings, while others are simply ‘catchy,’ are accompanied by a great beat or have just been played so many times by different people that they are ingrained in pop culture trivia forever.
Think about MC Hammer’s big hit ‘U Can’t Touch This,’ and how in many ways he was a one hit wonder. Sure he produced other popular songs, but this first hit of his so much overshadowed the others. The lyrics have been repeated over and over and have been part of pop culture for decades. He subsequently filed for bankruptcy.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘respect?’ Many people can hear Aretha Franklin spelling out the word, belting it out and saying ‘find out what it means to me.’ Another catchy tune with often repeated lyrics is ‘I believe I can fly,’ which was a song put out in the late 90’s by R Kelly. The song continues with ‘I believe I can touch the sky’, and many people sing the entire chorus. Despite R. Kelly being arrested for various sexually related charges, the song still is quite popular and is being sung every single day.
Queen is a rock band that has put out so many memorable tunes. Think about their song ‘We are the Champions.’ ‘We’ll keep on fighting to the end.’ Every young person who has played sports recognizes this song and its lyrics instantly. What are the songs that come to your mind when you think about famous lyrics? There are many in the modern era that people universally recognize, but it’s really interesting to look at the songs that have been out for decades and have withstood the test of time.
Taylor Swift got quite an early start in the music industry, so she has been putting out new songs for years now. Her popularity has continued to soar, and the lyrics of her songs have resonated with people of all ages, especially young women. You will notice that like many other music artists, the lyrics of her songs cover a wide variety of different subjects. What are some of your favorite Taylor Swift songs?
One of her more recent songs that has been extremely popular is ‘Shake it Off.’ This is definitely one instance where Swift’s lyrics were on point. Many fans would say her lyrics are always on point, but not all people are going to agree with every song lyric she puts out, especially when her songs are often about relationships. Relationships can be complicated, and she has fans in both men and women worldwide.
Men and women obviously have different points of view when it comes to relationships. It’s been established that there are definitely many instances where her call to ‘shake it off’ would come into play. How many situations have you run into throughout life where you need to shake it off or let it go? Now let’s explore two other instances where her lyrics were on point.
As mentioned, her songs are often about relationships. Well, there is one called ‘We are never ever getting back together.’ While exes do sometimes getting back together, it’s rare that these relationship fixes actually work out. People break up for different reasons, and often it’s time to move forward. This song was of course written from the point of view that something happened that made a person think that the relationship was definitely over.
Issues with relationships are one thing, but it’s important to look at the positive side of things, too. Her song ‘Forever and Always’ can be viewed as on point as well in regards to its lyrics. If you are a Taylor Swift fan, you might be able to come up with plenty of more examples where her song lyrics have resonated with you and how you feel about relationships and much more.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks better run better run faster than my bullet…. it’s so catchy but the meaning is clear. But what about songs that you THOUGHT meant one thing and it really means another. MoJo JoJo is really good at creating these lists and this one is one of my favorites: