Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What the top 10 songs of 2010 communicate about youth culture

When I was training as a youth worker part of our weekly homework was to watch the top ten music videos of the week. Having grown up quite sheltered from the popular music scene there were times when I was quite shocked by the content, but other times I had what I have termed “soul encounters” with some of the music. Music can be a gateway to understand life and God. In so keeping with my training I wanted to show you the top ten songs of 2010 and some of the key phrases I have pulled out of each one of these songs. If we have a better understanding of what young people are listening too maybe we can have a conversation with them about the soul encounters they are having with their music be it lies or truth.

Top Ten Songs of 2010
Rank Song Title Artist
1 I Need You Now Lady Antebellum
It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now

2 California Gurls Katy Perry
Once you party with us you’ll be falling in love

3 Love The Way You Lie Eminem
Life aint no Nintendo game

4 Hey, Soul Sister Train
You see, I can be myself now finally, in fact there's nothing I can't be

5 OMG Usher
There are so many ways to love you

6 Dynamite Taio Cruz
Gotta let go I wanna celebrate and live my life Saying AYO Baby, let's go

7 TiK ToK Ke$ha
Ain't got a care in world, but got plenty of beer

8 I Got A Feeling Black Eyed Peas
Tonight’s the night, Let’s live it up, I got my money Let’s spend it up

9 Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars
When I see your face, There's not a thing that I would change, 'Cause you're amazing Just the way you are

10 Airplane B. o. B.
I could use a dream or a genie or a wish To go back to a place much simpler than this

What do you think, do these songs reflect the values of young people or is it just media driven drivel? I'd love to hear from some teens on this.
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