The Evolution of Love Songs

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  • Something - by The Beatles

    Something - by The Beatles
    While written in the first person perspective, it is still a very simplistic song that mentions his lover's beauty and style, but perhaps what is interesting is that beyond those things, he doesn't know what it is about her that moves him. Perhaps there is a deep meaning in that because we often don't know what it is that makes two people connect.
  • Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman

    Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman
    The third person perspective adds to the idea that love is simplistic. It also acknowledges that love isn't always pretty.
  • Every Breath You Take - The Police

    Every Breath You Take - The Police
    The second most popular song of the 80's is essentially a stalker song. The persona vows to constantly be watching as he vows to make her see that she belongs with him.
  • Never Gonna Give You Up

    Never Gonna Give You Up
    This bubbly song appears to be a simple love song, but he does vow never to give her up. Which suggest that she is something that belongs to him and that she has no say in the matter. The persona also vows to never lie, cheat or hurt his loved one.
  • More than Words - Extreme

    More than Words - Extreme
    More than Words (official video) The song suggests that words are never truly enough to express how much you love someone. The only true way is to show it physically. The interesting thing is that the song suggest that sex is something a person does to show another how you feel. It is not something shared between two people.
  • You Belong with Me - Taylor Swift

    You Belong with Me - Taylor Swift
    Again a stalker song. The persona doesn't really care if the object of her affection has contributed to her feelings at all.
  • Beauty and the Beat

    Beauty and the Beat
    With lyrics like "Tonight I want to show you off", The song suggests that his love interest is an object or a trophy. The song is titled a beauty and a beat. It suggests that any beautiful woman could be in that position.
  • Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley

    Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley
    With lyrics like "shut your mouth" ; "give up the fight" "take off your clothes" and "I'm in control" the song does very little for romance or the feminist movement.