1. Wow, These Three People Had Really Tragic Lives
The lyrics of each of these songs describe the painful lives of three fictional people. The death count of these combined songs is at least 6.
2. I Like You Enough to Not Cheat on You, But Barely
Examples: "Honey, I'm Good" by Andy Grammer, "Cheerleader" by OMI
Released in the same summer, these two songs both are celebration of how much they COULD sleep with people -- REALLY hot people, lots of them -- but they aren't going to because they are just that great, but, boy, was it hard! (Did I mention how hot they were? Reward me PLEEEASE.)
3. Whoa, This Song is About the Opposite of What the Title Suggests!
Examples: "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce, "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber, "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles
You FOOL, you fell for the song title! Irreplaceable? NOPE, Bey found someone else. Love Yourself? Nope, go fuck yourself. Love Song? ... spoiler: it's about NOT writing a love song!
4. I'm Going to Get Rich & Famous From Songs About Hating Rich & Famous People
Examples: "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" by Good Charlotte, "Beverly Hills" by Weezer, "Royals" by Lorde
These people became elites after releasing successful singles that make fun of the elites. They aren't like THOSE rich and famous people though.
5. Wait, Did They Say Something Dirty? LOL! Oh, Wait, No!
Examples: "Addicted" by Simple PLan, "Miserable" by Lit, "If You Seek Amy" by Britney Spears
"I'm a dick -- I'm addicted to you." ... I see what you did there.
"You make me come ... you make me complete ... you make me completely miserable!" ... I see what you did there TWICE!
"If you seek Amy" ... okay that doesn't even make sense unless you are doing something there, but I respect it cuz it's fun!
6. Empowerment Anthems That Just Calls Other People Out
Examples: "All About The Bass" by Meghan Trainor, "Here" by Alessia Cara "Stupid Girls - Pink
These songs are fun, feel-good confidence boosts that lift you up by bringing other people down.
7. Late-Career Resurgence By Way Of Cheerleading
"Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne, "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift, "London Bridge" by Fergie
In an effort to revive their pop careers, these pop artists released a big single based on cheering. This trend is effective but bananas. B-A-N-A-N-FERGALICIOUS -HEY-HEY.
8. Anti-Gay-Bullying Pop Anthems That Got Big in 2011
Examples: "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga,"We R Who We R" by Kesha, "Mean" by Taylor Swift, "Fireworks" by Katy Perry, "Raise Your Glass" by Pink
2011 was truliest the trendiest year to stand up for LGBT acceptance.
9. Odes to Michelle Pfieiffer
Examples: "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, "Riptide" by Vance Joy
Yes, Michele Pfeiffer is a talented, beautiful woman. But the actress hasn't been in anything particular relevant in the past few years to warrant shout-outs in more than one Top 40 song.
10. I'm Totally Okay With You Being a Stripper, But I'm Still Gonna Write a Song About How It Doesn't REALLY Bother Me
"I Don't Mind" by Usher, "I'm N Luv" by T Pain, "305 to My City" by Drake
"Wow, I respect your right to wear that sweater. I'm totally okay with that sweater. That sweater is just fine with me! Keep wearing that sweater!" is not something you need to tell your partner if you ACTUALLY like a sweater-- especially if you met them while they were wearing that sweater.
Do you know any other songs that fit these genres? Leave 'em in the comments below!