Popular Music Essay by Brandi Woods

Popular Music
An analysis of the effects of popular music on youth.
# 23092 | 953 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2003 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Music Studies (Contemporary)

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This paper discusses the concern over the effect music lyrics have on youth, due to the explicit messages which are prevalent in many songs of today's popular music. The paper examines the escalation of the problem following the emergence of music videos. This issue is analyzed through examples of three song lyrics taken from three prominent artists of today - the band, Coldplay, the rapper Eminem, and John Mayer.

From the Paper:

"These lyrics in the Coldplay song are a thought-provoking one; it expresses the sentiments of the singer about the life that we lead in this world. "We live in a beautiful world" resounds the positive outlook the singer has to his world, however, the second line saying, " we're sinking like stones" shows how his positive outlook is clouded over by the negative fact that despite the wonderful world that we live in, the singer sees a negative aspect to it, that whatever we do to make our world a better place to live in, we are inevitably immersed in life's hardships and sufferings, just like the hopeless sinking of the stones the song describes. The last three lines of the song reiterate the fact that whatever positive things we have done in this world, we are again inevitably put in a situation wherein the worst possible things can still happen to us. "Don't Panic" illustrates the negative aspect of life as seen through the Coldplay band, and this message is extended to the listeners, the youth, who are easily influenced by the song's message because of the band's credibility and charisma as entertainers and performers."

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