RoseGoesToYale

Popular songs not about sex/love/romance

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RoseGoesToYale

I've learned it's not easy to find popular music that isn't about sex, love, or romance. Every time I turn on the radio, no matter the station, it's alway a song about one of these three things. I'm cool with it sometimes, but other times I just want to listen to songs about something else. I also usually have venture outside of English to find other subject matter.

 

Do you have any favorite songs about topics other than love and sex? All years/genres/languages welcome!

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Aroace_bookworm

Penny lane by the Beatles.... ish

We built this city by starship

Also, try looking at musicals. They do have love songs, but there are also other non-love/sex/romance related songs in certain ones, such as newsies, or Shrek the musical.

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Duke Memphis

"We Will Rock You" by Queen, "We Are the Champions" by Queen, "The Miracle" by Queen, "The Invisible Man" by Queen, "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, "Bicycle Race" by Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, "Civilization" by Danny Kate and the Andrews Sisters, "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, and "Stone Cold Crazy" by Queen, just to name a few.

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The Blue Fairy

Lots of songs by MGMT, because they're true musicians.

 

 

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Bronztrooper

Linkin Park generally doesn't make songs about that.

 

Mixed bag with Bowling For Soup, but most of their songs are pretty humorous.

 

There's also Black Parade, some songs by Panic! At The Disco (haven't really listened to many of them, so I can't vouch for them all), Handlebars by the Flobots- the list kind of goes on.

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Flower Boy

I dunno about popular but a lot of stuff by Motionless In White, Dead Animal Assembly Plant, the Butcher Babies, Faun, and Danheim are sex/romance free.

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Yeast

Frank Zappa's music was always infused with a sort of gleeful dementia which made it hilarious. My guitar wants to kill your mamma is the Zappa equivalent of a love song. Acid rock bands like Yes may have had love songs but one never really was sure exactly what they were singing about. Moody Blues love songs were completely spiritual and addressed the fact we all used to be a single consciousness in love with itself before we became individuals.  The Beatles indeed had a lot of material that wasn't about love, but it was mostly their later work. Happiness is a warm gun isn't much of a love song except perhaps in the sense of romancing firearms. Pink Floyd was so consumed in their dark existentialism it left little room for something as positive as romance. The Police could be this way too but they seemed to have an even mix of love songs and other material. After the Beatles split up, Paul McCartney continued to write music as though nothing had happened. He continued to write a lot of love songs but Medicine Jar was a song about drug abuse.  Jet and Martha my Dear were love songs he wrote for his dogs. I can't recall a single love song Ringo Starr ever did. Yellow Submarine and Octopus's garden weren't love songs but instead children's songs. His collaboration with George Harrison on It Don't Come Easy was more a song about either music or maturity.  

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Mirari

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Fireflies by Owl City yet 😄

 

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Draconio

Electronic: Junk by M38

Christian Rock: DC Talk. I like their album Jesus Freak

Alternative: Act V: Hyms with the Devil in Confessional by the Dear Hunter

                     The Second Law both songs by Muse. They have a lot of stuff if you like them.

                     The old stuff from Owl City. Check out Ocean Eyes the song Dental Care is amazing if you're a punster.

Rock: Foo Fighters

           Steely Dan; Deacon Blues  is a classic

           Switchfoot song New Way to Be Human I imagine you can find more on the album of the same name.

Country/Ballade: Gordon Lightfoot. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is famous. I like his album If You Could Read my Mind but some songs there are very much probably about love.

Jazz: Lady Gaga did a jazz album... Fun fact. I love the way she does New York New York by Sinatra.

 

I can also recommend a lot of classical music.... #musicmajor4life

 

 

 

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Laplace

I mainly listen to music from video games so I rarely have to deal with it being sex/romance related. I find myself always listening to songs from series like the Legend of Zelda and Fire Emblem a lot 😅. You can’t have sex/romance-related lyrics if the songs don’t have lyrics to begin with 😏. And most VGM with lyrics don’t really reference that stuff anyways.

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Bronztrooper

There is the RWBY soundtrack, which, on the whole, isn't really geared towards romance (though, a couple focus on crushes and a couple more on familial love, but most are action-based).  But then, you'll never hear those songs on the radio, so...

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CBC

God, I don't know where to start haha. There's loads of music not about sex and romance. Despite being romantic and sexual myself, I've actually never been a huge fan of those themes except when I'm in the throes of infatuation with someone. Otherwise I find 'em a bit tedious. I grew up in a household where we listened to lots of classical, jazz, blues and folk (which is to say, I was an incredibly nerdy kid), and the themes there are a lot more varied than, say, a lot of pop music.

 

Seriously though, I don't know where to start.

 

Have some Tracy Chapman.

 

 

 

And Van Morrison.

 

 

 

And Peter Gabriel.

 

 

I could go on, but those are three of my favourite songs in the universe, so I'll leave you with just them for now.

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CBC

Ohhh wait, and a favourite from Pink's new album. I'm not much into current pop music, but I love the shit out of this woman. I saw her in Toronto in March. She's phenomenal. This is a song about female empowerment, not love.

 

 

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Fantastic Name

Relevant love song:

 

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Andy Roo
12 hours ago, Duke Memphis said:

"Bicycle Race" by Queen,

lolwhut?  The entire meaning of this song is to do with sexuality!  I'm not even talking about the "fat bottomed girls" lyric.

 

I really like the work of Eivor Palsdottir, some of her tracks centre on romance, but many do not.  

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Duke Memphis
1 hour ago, Andy Roo said:

The entire meaning of this song is to do with sexuality!

Every time I hear it, I always perceive it as a tongue-in-cheek song about bicycles and a bunch of random nonsense, like income tax, Star Wars, and Frankenstein.

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Haywire

I tend to listen to game music and EDM, so not much to be said about popular music from me, but I really like the street performer songs from the Dishonored 2 Soundtrack. Mother Mother has some good ones. Sleep Awake strikes me as being about paranoia, and there are some that are about putting your past behind you. Their song Wrecking Ball is about destructive tendencies. I couldn't say for sure, but Timber Timbre is also pretty good, though I haven't really listened to much from them. Grifting was good though.

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