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Published July 7th 2018
No, really, there are songs with a positive message
5 Recent Songs With a Decent Message Too often today people ignore the lyrics of songs. Watching some of the reality-TV pop singer shows, the artists are set to sing songs that are lyrically unsuitable for them. I remember an argument amongst judges on Australian Idol years ago about just that.
But the lyrics are important. People enjoying the music often sing along, which means they learn the lyrics and the message gets through to them, be it blatantly or subliminally. And in some cases, that is not a good thing.
But there are songs that have a good message. There really are.
This man is all about the positive (picture courtesy of Pexel)
This brief list of five are some that I've liked. I have avoided cover versions, just original works. So, in no particular order, here are 5 songs since the year 2010 that have a positive and empowering message in the lyrics!
1) All About That Bass Meghan Trainor (2014)
Poppy, harmless and the sort of music that young girls everywhere seem to like to listen to. But the lyrics are not the usual party anthem or self-aggrandising. They actually tell people it's okay to have the body you have, no matter what anyone else says, and that you should be proud of it. That is a message that too many facets of the media ignore or actively go against.
Meghan Trainor in 2015, photo from Wikipedia
Lyric example: I see the magazines working that Photoshop We know that shit ain't real Come on now, make it stop If you got beauty beauty just raise 'em up
'Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top
Ignore the NSFW lyrics at times this glorious song of accepting yourself for who you are and what you've done without regrets has a message that is lost on too many in the world. The lack of regret and just living your life the way you have is a powerful thing that should be put out there, and if she swears to get that message across well, people listened to it, didn't they? And the explicit video clip is quite disturbing in parts deliberately so.
Pink in 2013, photo from Wikipedia
You're so mean when you talk
About yourself, you are wrong
Change the voices in your head
Make them like you instead
Acceptance is the theme of this hip-hop song acceptance of not only who you are but who others are. It is a pro-LGBTI song, with a powerful message all the way through and some of Macklemore's best lyrics about the stereotypes in society and how this leads people to put people down in their own heads. Acceptance of everyone is a message that we have to push out there.
Macklemore in 2012, photo from Wikipedia
"Gay" is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
Rising about the hate is the key to this song and not just the hate of others, but the hate of self as well. Accepting who you are and putting what people say about you behind you, until you rise up to overcome it all. The song does not say that this is easy to do, but that it can be done. It was recorded at a time in Demi Lovato's life when she needed this sort of message and I think that personalisation of it only makes it all the more poignant.
Demi Lovato in 2017, photo from Wikipedia
You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Simply put, this song is about being a better person. That simple. Be kind to yourself and others, don't expect, don't live in the past all the positive affirmations you'd want a person to live with and by for their lives. And the video features clips from Oprah Winfrey's Belief. So you know it's all about good things.
Tim McGraw in 2015, photo from Wikipedia
Don't expect a free ride from no one
Don't hold a grudge or a chip and here's why
Bitterness keeps you from flying
Always stay humble and kind