As the year closes, among the large variety of Christmas playlists are Top Songs of the Year playlists. Here is a link to the top 20 in the year by harpersbazaar: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a13255/best-songs-of-2015/ Most of the songs are about love or sex. But more than that, a lot of the songs are classified as RnB or hiphop which I found interesting. Last year I remember the trend being more Indie and Electronic and now this change. I speculate that it’s most likely to do with the movements that have taken place this year about Black visibility. However, only one song on that list, King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar, speaks to anything related to it.
With this in mind, I think that it’s fair to say that people don’t care so much about music with strong messages, they listen to it for fun and to get away from the tough realities in mind. The singing Grandmas group posted about earlier aren’t of interest to most people, I would say, because of this face. These songs wouldn’t be the same if people listen to music through a more socially conscience lens, which is somewhat upsetting. I do like many of the songs, and don’t wish to undermine their success, but it would be nice to see songs with good messages up at the top of these lists sometimes.