10 Songs From My 1990’s Childhood That Are Dirtier Than Current Music
I think it’s a commonly held belief that music nowadays is so much raunchier than music from our childhood. I have heard so many parents my age wax poetic about how much “better” music was when we were younger and clucking their tongues about the terrible lyrics and misogynistic tone of current music. They say they can hardly listen to the radio anymore with their kids in the car and that they don’t want to explain to them what a “ham sammich” means in the context that Jason Derulo is using.
I will admit- I think music from my younger years is better than current music but I don’t think it is necessarily any “cleaner” than pop music today. Songs with dirty lyrics have been around for decades and the 1990’s were chock full of them. I think my generation has forgotten about the time that Britney Spears went out on stage with a giant snake wrapped around her shoulders, all breathy about being a slave 4 u. I think we’ve forgotten that Christina Aguilera once said she was a genie in a bottle and that someone had to rub her the right way to make her come out. It was definitely not all puppy dogs and sunshine, that’s for sure. I’ve compiled a little list of songs from my 1990’s childhood that are so much dirtier than current music so we can all stop clutching our pearls in 2014:
1. TLC- “Red Light Special”
If I had to explain this song to my kids right now, I’m not sure what I would say. Maybe that red lights are on sale for the upcoming holiday season? No idea.
2. Salt- N- Pepa- “Shoop”
All I can think is that my parents did not listen to the radio in 1993 when my good friend Angela bought me this cassette single for my birthday (I know, I know, we are so freaking old) and let me listen to it non-stop for days on end. GIRLS, WHAT’S MY WEAKNESS?
3. Britney Spears- Too Many To Name
From her provocative school girl uniform to her on-stage antics kissing Madonna and wearing boa constrictors, Britney Spears makes Selena Gomez and her ilk look like members of a junior convent. Whatever. She’s Britney, bitch.
4. Greenday- “Longview”
I remember the first time I heard this song when I was 12. I had no idea what the word “masturbation” meant but my father did and he confiscated my Greenday tape on a family camping trip. Ah, memories.