Toxic Music

Unfortunately, there is a plethora of auditory input, which is popular in the public sphere today. Listening to some of these intrusive and noxious sounds occasionally is not a serious manner. But, like junk food for the body, too much non-nurturing, invasive auditory sound and music taxes human sensitivity and coarsens one’s ability to form meaningful relationships with others, a primary human need. 

The following are examples of toxic popular music at the top of the charts of 2013. The lyrics are crude, insulting, egocentric, and sometimes nonsensical to the average listener. Proceed with caution if you are bothered by vile lyrics. Your sensibilities may be challenged.

Billboard Top Songs (Week of February 11, 2013)

#1 – Thrift Shop performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (first stanza)

“What? What? What? What? What? What?”

“I’m gonna pop some tags”
“Only got twenty dollars in my pocket”
“I-I-I’m hurting, looking for a come up”
“This is fucking awesome”

#2 – Locked Out of Heaven performed by Bruno Mars (first few stanzas)

“One, two, one, two, three”
“Oh yeah, yeah, yeah”
“Ooh! Ooh!”

“Never had much faith in love or miracles”
“Never wanna put my heart on deny”
“But swimming in tour world is something spiritual”
“I’m born again every time you spend the night”

“Because your sex takes me to paradise”
“Yeah your sex takes me to paradise”
“Cause you make me feel like I’m locked out of heaven”
“And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah”
“For too long, for too long”

#3 – Scream & Shout performed by Britney Spears, Hit Boy, Waka Flokca Flame, Lil Wayne & Diddy

(Intro –Diddy)

“It’s like shit is coming down from the motherfuckin’ heavens”
“I wanna see flamethrowers in this motherfucker”
“It’s a new motherfuckin’ day”
Get down or lay down”
“Ay yo, turn the fuck up”
“Ay yo, fuck sparklers”
“This a Will. I..Am joint”
Hit-Boy, Britney, Waka, Weezy”
“And they call me Diddy bitch”

Billboard Top Songs (Week of November 2, 2013)

#1 – Royals performed by Lorde

First Verse:
I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I’m not proud of my address
In the town, no post code envy

And we’ll never be royals
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of lux just ain’t for us, we crave a
Different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler
You can call me queen bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule
Let me live that fantasy …

#2 – The Fox performed by Yivis

Dog goes woof
Cat goes meow
Bird goes tweet
and mouse goes squeak

Cow goes moo
Frog goes croak
and the elephant goes toot

Ducks say quack
and fish go blub
and the seal goes ow ow ow ow ow

But theres one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?

What the fox say?

#3 – Roar performed by Katy Perry

Second verse:
You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear the sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready’cause I had enough
I see it all, I see it now

got the eye of the tiger, the fire
Dancing through the fire
“Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

#9 – Applause performed by Lady Gaga

First Verse:
I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong
crash the critic saying
is it right or is it wrong?
If fame only had an IV
Bay could I bare being away from you
I found the vein, put it in here

I live for the Applause, Applause, Applause
I live for the Applause-plause
Live for the Applause-plause
Live for the way you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

#45 - Work Bitch performed by Britney Spears

You wanna hot body
You wanna Bugatti
You wanna Maseratti
You better work bitch

You wanna Lamborghini
Sip martinis
Look hot in a bikini
You better work bitch

You wanna live fancy
Live in a big mansion
Party in France
You better work bitch
You better work bitch
You better work bitch
You better work bitch

Now get to work bitch
(aaaaaa oooh)
Now get to work bitch
(aaaaaa oooh)

#64 – Holy Grail performed by Jay Z & Justin Timberlake

Verse 1 (Justin Timberlake)
You take the clothes off my back
And I let you
You steal the food right out of my mouth
And I watch you steal it
I still don’t know why
Why I love you so much
You curse my name
In spite to put me in shame
Had all my laundry I the streets
Dirty or clean
Give it up for fame
But I still don’t know why
Why I love you so much

And Baby
It’s amazing I’m in this space with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming you love me loud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day
you care
You’re so unfair sipping from the cup
Till it runneth over, Holy Grail

Verse 2 (Jay Z)
Blue told me remind you niggas
Fuck that shit yall talk about
I’m the nigga, uh caught up in all these lights and
cameras, uh
But look what that shit did to Hammer, uh
God-damnit it I like it
The bright lights is enticing
But look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night
30 mill for one fight
But soon as all the money blows, all the pigeons
take flight
Fuck the fame, keep cheating on me
What I do, I took her back, fool me twice
That’s my bad, I can’t even blame her for that
Enough to make me wana murder, Momma
please just get my bail
I know nobody to blame
Kurt Cobain, I did it to myself

(Bridge: Justin Timberlake)
And we all just entertainers
And we all just entertainers
And we’re stupid and courageous …