This week is all about the most popular genre of music of all time, across all generations. Love songs. Technically love songs aren’t a genre, but they have crossed over into practically every genre that exists, and make up the majority of all music, so they absolutely deserve their own post.
Songwriting is a very artistic form of expression. For some people, it is incredibly easy to write about things in their life, or about stories they have heard. For others, it can be quite difficult. I believe that this is part of the reason love songs are so popular. Not to say that people who write love songs are not talented, but the idea of love being a universal feeling that most everyone experiences provides the largest spectrum of material of any topic. Everybody writes about love, because everybody knows love in some way, shape, or form. This is where the artistry comes in.
Many bands have laid out the basics for simple love songs. Take the Beatles for example. Some could argue that the lyrics of some of their biggest hits–like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”–are as simple as lyrics can be. But they topped charts and went down in history as the most iconic love songs because they reflected the joy and simplicity of love. Other artists chose a different route, relying more on emotional experiences and storytelling to express the complicated side of love. Think “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones or “I’ll stand by you” by the Pretenders. Songs like these are also recognized for the mixed emotions that they squeeze out of people. When it comes to love, there is endless material for artists to take from and continue to touch people’s hearts, whether the lyrics are simple and relatable or complicated and moving.
The final type of love song is also very popular is the breakup song. If you aren’t familiar, try listening to any country song ever, or checking out Taylor Swift’s biggest hits. Just kidding, but not really. Many people have experienced the emotions that come with breaking up with someone, which is what makes these songs so relatable and popular among such a large group of people.
What are your favorite love/breakup songs? Let me know in the comments below!