Billboard Top 10

I preached the message this week on A Biblical Perspective of Music. It was a lot of fun and I got some amazing feedback. So many people over the weekend, and also in follow up emails, are buzzing about the content. Very exciting. Part of my sermon was about what people are listening to now and how non-redemptive it is. I read out the subject matter of each of the Billboard Top 10 in the church services to make a point that we’re seeing the “debased mind” that Paul refers to in Romans 1 lived out in our most popular music. I am not shocked easily and it did not really suprise me the content of these songs, but rather I was shocked these are the MOST POPULAR SONGS IN AMERICA TODAY. For your edification, here is the list I presented. The subject synopsis’ are mine based on reading the lyrics:

#10: About using drugs to get away from the tough things in life
#9: Love song about teenage romance
#8: Only one night to be with a girl, so the guy goes for it
#7: Highly descriptive song about sex, the only good thing about a woman
#6: Death to self, that ends in hopelessness
#5: Lust. A guy sees a girl who’s so hot he’s burning with passion for her & it’s overwhelming
#4: Guy cheated on his girl and now she’s kicking him out of the house
#3: Friends trying to stop a girl from loving because she’ll only get hurt
#2: Oral sex (graphic and descriptive)

And the #1 most popular song in all of America according to the Billboard Hot 100 is:
#1: Girl gets drunk at a party and has a lesbian sexual encounter and hopes her boyfriend doesn’t mind

3 Responses to “Billboard Top 10”

  1. July 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Not sure it’s relevant, but I do find it especially troubling that the singer who produced the #1 song used to be a CCM artist.

    I appreciate your encouraging us to practice discernment in our music choices, Mike.

  2. July 9, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Good find Ted. I think it totally underscores the point I was making this weekend about opening the door and entertaining a non-redemptive world system.

  3. July 27, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Having taught guitar for 14 years now, I have had my students bring in songs almost since day one. Songs that 14 years agio that had a ‘dark’ theme are overshadowed now by tunes that make absolutely zero attempt to mask the force behind such ‘gems’ The other day a student wanted to learn a song that glorified beastiality in the most simple of terms and the most vulgar of descriptions and apart from flat out refusing this, I couldn’t fathom as to why this guy wanted to learn that….he didn’t have an answer other than it was a ‘cool song’

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