16 weirdly insidious love songs
Given that it’s February 14, you or your significant other probably has a playlist all cued up, one that’s meticulously constructed to relay how you feel about each other. There are the standard slow jams (“Let’s Get It On,” “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”). There are the classic standards (“The Way You Look Tonight,” “L-O-V-E”). There are certain songs that should be avoided at all costs (looking at you, Meat Loaf).
And then there are the sounds that sound perfectly sweet… until you actually listen to their lyrics. Why would anyone say that to a loved one? Here are 16 tracks that confuse us.
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Key lyrics: “But when you smile at the ground it ain’t hard to tell/You don’t know, oh oh/You don’t know you’re beautiful, oh oh/That’s what makes you beautiful”
1D’s weird calculus declares that a girl can only be beautiful if she’s unaware of her own beauty. The message: Confident women are hags; insecure women are hotties. (See also: Stephen Colbert’s explanation of this song as “mobius pop.”)