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Is Music Unhealthy for Your Relationship?

The Boston Public Health Commission has proposed a new initiative to categorize music into “healthy for your relationship” and “unhealthy for your relationship”. The campaign will arrive in the form of a badge – kind of like the health department’s tick of approval on healthy foods – and is aimed at teenagers, encouraging them to listen to songs and lyrics that will help rather than hinder their developing attitudes towards relationships.

Can Music Be Unhealthy for Relationships?

This is what Fairfax Network reported yesterday:

“An initiative to encourage healthy teen relationships says songs by Jamie Foxx and Lady Gaga are the musical equivalent of junk food.

A teen panel working with the Boston Public Health Commission says Foxx’s Blame It and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Paparazziare among the top 10 with “unhealthy relationship ingredients”.

The commission released its list based on a “nutrition label” rating popular songs on healthy relationship themes.

Mario’s Break Up topped the list of the most unhealthy relationship songs of 2009.

Among the panel’s top 10 songs with healthy themes: Miss Independent by Ne-Yo and Meet Me Halfway by the Black Eyed Peas.

The commission says its program aims to teach teens how to evaluate popular media, and help parents talk to teens about healthy relationships.

Songs with Unhealthy Relationship Ingredients (2009)

1. Break Up (feat. Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett) – Mario
2. Blame It (feat. T-Pain) – Jamie Foxx
3. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
4. You’re a Jerk – New Boyz
5. Baby By Me – 50 Cent
6. Best I Ever – Drake
7. One More Drink (feat. T-Pain) – Ludacris
8. Be On You (feat. Ne-yo) – Flo Rida
9. Hotel Room Service – Pitbull
10. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Songs with Healthy Relationship Ingredients (2009)

1. One Time – Justin Bieber
2. Miss Independent – Ne-yo
3. Replay – Iyaz
4. Say Hay – Michael Franti
5. Knock You Down – Keri Hilson, Kanye West
6. Only You Can Love Me This Way – Keith Urban
7. Her Diamonds – Rob Thomas
8. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
9. Fallin For You – Colbie Caillat
10. Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas”

What do you think? Are lyrics really harmful to forming good relationships? Is “Baby, you’ll be famous, chase you down until you love me” from Paparazzi going to breed a generation of teenage girls stalking their objects of obsession? Is “Forget about your boyfriend and meet me in the hotel room” (Hotel Room Service) going to inspire infidelity? Or are we taking things a bit far?

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2 comments for “Is Music Unhealthy for Your Relationship?”

  1. Posted by That Guy from across the hall | December 2, 2009, 6:24 pm

    Love that pic of Lady Gaga, who would guess she isn’t a great rolemodel for teens?

    Bad lovefood – Anything by 2 Live Crew

    Good Lovefood – Anything by Celine Dion (but too much sugar to take on its own).

  2. Posted by Kelly | Brisbane Conveyancing Blog | April 21, 2010, 5:12 pm

    With a picture of Lady Gaga like that, how could anyone have ever questioned her sexuality???

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