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November 09, 2011

Music and the Gutter


Music and the Gutter

According to psychologist Dawn Hobbs from the University of New York Albany, “Approximately 92% of the 174 songs that made it into the Billboard Top 10 in 2009 contained reproductive messages.” In other words, an overwhelming majority of popular music these days contains references to sex. According to Hobbs, this is nothing new -- data shows that lyrics from music dating back hundreds of years included references to love, sex and marriage.

Perhaps, but most references in pop and R&B music today is exclusively sensual, and lacks context of family, commitment, or courtship. The message isn’t “reproductive” at all -- it’s just about sex.

This is no small fact. Music is a powerful tool of catechism, it can teach us what to believe, and we’re not singing “I want to hold your hand” anymore.

But the real shame is that the biblical understanding of love and sex so is beautiful, and is worth writing and singing about… so where is all our music? For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

92% of Top Ten Billboard Songs are About Sex
Dino Grandani | Atlantic Wire | September 30, 2011

Songs as a Medium for Embedded Reproductive Messages
Dawn Hobbs and Gordon G. Gallup | epjournal.net | 2011


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