Subliminal Messages in Today’s Top 40 Hits (Allie)

The other day, Justin and I were driving home and I told him I wanted to make a post on the subliminal messaging in today’s Top 40 Radio Hits. He said, “do it!” of course, because he’s incredibly supportive. I only hope you all have as much faith in me as he does. I want to convey to you that I love music — it’s what makes my world spin. (Besides the Obvious.) In fact, I ADORE most of these songs; not for their content, but for their beat or the musicality.

Let’s get started.

#1. Zedd — Stay the Night ft. Hayley Williams (from Paramore)

I know that we are upside down
So hold your tongue and hear me out
I know that we were made to break
So what? I don’t mind

You kill the lights, I’ll draw the blinds
Don’t dull the sparkle in your eyes
I know that we were made to break
So what? I don’t mind

Are you gonna stay the night?
Are you gonna stay the night?
Oh oh oh, are you gonna stay the night?

Are you gonna stay the night?
Doesn’t mean we’re bound for life
So oh oh oh, are you gonna stay the night?

Okay, so basically, “I know that we’re not going to work, but let’s just have sex and call it quits!” Desensitizing the general populous to the idea that one-night stands are a terrible idea. First, let’s talk about that. Why are one-night stands a bad idea? Everyone does it, right?
A) In order to be okay with and regularly have a one night stand, you need to have a certain mindset. This mindset is “immediate satisfaction” and “waiting is for idiots.” I could point out all sorts of flaws in this method of thinking, but I think I’ll leave that to you.
B) When you finally find “that one good girl (or guy) who’s always been there” (shout-out to Mr. Lonely by Akon), you have trouble committing, given the above mindset of “immediate satisfaction.” Also tearing up your brain is the need to experience something new every night. (Or every other night. Or once a week. Or once a month. Doesn’t matter. Don’t argue.)

There are more reasons, but I want to make this post more about subliminal messaging and not Reasons One Night Stands Are Evil 101.

#2. Taylor Swift — I Knew You Were Trouble

I have to admit I loved this song/still do. The drop is fantastic right before she says, “I knew you were trouble,” and the chorus beat is great.

First of all, she ends up in the middle of nowhere because she partied to hardy and didn’t know she was lost in the desert somewhere. Great. Fantastic messaging for teen girls:

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
‘Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

You know he’s trouble, but it’s okay. You’ll be okay. You won’t get date-raped or dumped somewhere strange or murdered. You’ll just have the best night of your life — but you won’t remember it — and then you’ll move on and have a fantastic life with some hunk of a quarter-back who plays in the college football team and you’ll have two little girls named Sarah and Elizabeth and a beautiful cottage with a wrap-around porch and a picket fence and nobody will ever judge you for your little one night of paradise with a crazy man because they’ve all done it too! Right? Right!

Wrong.

Here are some stats to help you understand how dangerous men are just that: dangerous.

  • Approximately one in four college aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years.
  • Eighty-four percent of women who have been date raped knew their attackers.
  • Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group.
  • Approximately 90% of date rapes happen with alcohol involved.
  • In one study, approximately 33% of men said that if they could escape date rape with out detection that they would rape someone.
  • Forty-two percent of women who are date raped tell any one at all about it.
  • Twenty-seven percent of women who were date raped did not realize that what happened met the legal definition of date rape.
  • Eighty-four percent of men who were involved in a date rape did not realize that what they did met the legal definition of date rape.
  • Forty-four percent of women who have been date raped have considered suicide.

Still think “trouble” looks fun? Let’s move on. The video portrays the man Taylor likes beating up other men around him in bars. Sounds like a KEEPER. Then she ends up all cold and alone with tears in her eyes at the end of the video, but she sings, “shame on me now,” and “I realize the joke is on me,” seemingly blaming everyone around her with her attitude. Blaming him, the man, for burning too fast and too bright. The whole anthem of the song is based on how she KNEW better, but didn’t heed her own wisdom!

#3. Robin Thicke — Blurred Lines ft. T.I. and Pharrell

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Ugh. Can we discuss how weird and gross this video is in the first place? Secondly, “no means yes!” is such a common freaking mind-set here that it’s getting blindingly incredible. I don’t want or mean to be insensitive, but practically 10% of women out there who experience date-rape or similar could’ve AVOIDED IT. Stop drinking so much that you “don’t know what you’re doing.” That’s not a thing. I have had a great time at parties, gotten drunk, and had a blast, but I have never, ever, ever not known what I was doing. It’s all about moderation. I think a lot of women weren’t taught how to act in bars and pubs, and get a little too free with their hands. That’ll get you in trouble so fast.

Blurred Lines” simply pushes the idea that if we actually say no, what we really mean is yes, and that all of us good girls are bad girls in disguise. Be that as it may, it is not every man’s job to discover it and exploit that side of us. In fact, it’s not OUR job to show the world how bad we can be. That’s for your husband/boyfriend to discover, and him alone.

So there you have it. Just a few of my thoughts on subliminal messaging and today’s top 40 hits, and musical influence on us as a general populous. I hope I conveyed my thoughts well — sometimes when I’m upset by something or really serious about it, I can’t get the words to come out right.

Knack it up.

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