It’s safe to say that every single woman today has been a fan (or still is a fan) of boy bands. I myself have no shame in admitting that I still find entertainment in listening to boy bands, and even though I’m a young adult there is a sense of always knowing what you’re going to get from their music (girls, friendship, cheesy choruses that you can’t help but quote in appropriate situations, generic pop beats, and of course, girls). Sadly, because I’m older than all of those screaming tweens who do everything in their power to stalk their boy band heartthrob, I actually listen to what their lyrics are saying and, to be completely honest, I’m just a lot shocked about what a lot of them are saying to these young girls in their music.
The hottest boy band in the world at the moment, One Direction, is just a hot mess of sexual innuendos in both their music and their videos. Don’t get me wrong, I totally fell in love with “What Makes You Beautiful” when I first heard it, but it seems like their second album Take Me Home has a little more raunch to it than meets the eye. I mean, the line in “Live While We’re Young” that’s a little hard to take in is “tonight let’s get some” and ladies man Harry Styles literally rides a freakin’ banana in the music video. “Rock Me” is literally a song about having a wild night of sex, considering its chorus is made up of the line “I want you to rock me” (which in an adult mind can easily be turned into another word that also ends in “-ck” and pretty much means the exact same thing). It’s also come to the attention of many UK publications, including Metro, that their upcoming album will incorporate a song in which a woman groans and moans all sexy-like in the background. Come on guys, your fan base is a bunch of middle school tweens who will do anything to get a guy to like them and you’re pretty much telling them that having fun in life means “getting some”.
Straight from the X-Factor, Emblem3 is definitely a different kind of boy band in which they have a little hip-hop/reggae/pop blend to their sound. But listening to their debut album Nothing to Lose shows an awkward mix of songs that attempt to adhere to both college-aged and high school-aged audiences because while their lyrics are anything but kid-sy (“Sunset Blvd” has a line that says “…I love my women like I love my juice, naked” and “Teenage Kings” is literally a song about a crazy high school house party), their cookie-cut, boy band musicality makes it easy for the teeny-boppers to eat up their songs like it’s no one’s business. Seriously, if you’re going to sing songs about being in high school (since two of the members are still in high school), you should probably make sure you’re not coming across as being advocates for partying and getting with every girl you successfully charm.
Lastly, I totally understand that the Jonas Brothers are finally at the age in which they SHOULD be writing more mature songs instead of playing up to the image Disney created for them with those purity rings, but it’s going to take some getting used to hearing lines like “let your heart control your mind/make it feel, like the first time” and songs about the typical high school fantasy where the cheerleaders drop their “Pom Poms” for some hanky-panky. I’m all for them growing up because it’s just a little more appealing to watch their transition than other Disney stars (*cough cough Miley Cyrus cough*). It’ll be really interesting to hear what their upcoming album has to offer.
Sadly, the good ‘ol days when N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys just sang cheesy love and breakup songs are gone and the new generation of boy bands are incorporating what every other pop song out there has in their music – sex and partying. As a young adult woman, it’s sad watching these girls sing along to songs with lyrics that pretty much tell them that it’s perfectly fine to engage in promiscuous behavior because it’ll get them the guy of their dreams. What the bands don’t tell them is that same dream guy will kick them to the curb because she acts like every other girl who throws herself at him. These boy bands today seriously need to get their audience demographic straight.