1. Literally I Can't - Play N Skillz
Okay, I know the phrase is annoying but is it really necessary to tell a woman to "shut the fuck up" when she refuses to drink liquor? The song continues to get even more disgusting with utterly degrading lyrics like “You annoying, cos you talkin’” and “Put your lips on my bottle.... I don’t wanna hear no.” I literally cannot describe how awful this song and its music video is.
3. U.O.E.N.O - Rocko
Not only does this song make a dumb acronym popular, it also perpetuates date rape in Rick Ross' line: "Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it."
5. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
Oh my god, Becky, look at this obvious example of the objectification of women! This is the song that started the whole big butt craze that became popular especially in hip hop. Thankfully, Nicki Minaj came in and turned it on its misogynistic head with "Anaconda."
7. Bitches Ain't Shit - Dr. Dre
Yet another song that means to "put women in their place." Just the opening line is evidence enough: "Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks/ Lick on these nuts and suck the dick."
9. F.D.B. - Young Dro
Just the title alone, an abbreviation of "fuck that bitch," was enough for this song to make it on this list.
2. Loyal - Chris Brown
This song is like "Gold Digger" by Kanye West (which is another catchy but sexist song) but way worse. Honestly, Chris Brown, how the fuck do you expect a woman to be loyal to a sexual abuser such as yourself? Take your perverted sense of entitlement elsewhere.
4. Drunk In Love - Beyoncé
I hate that I'm putting this here (because Beyoncé, as we all know, is a feminist icon), but there's really just this one line that bothers me, and it's in Jay-Z's verse: “I’m Ike Turner, turn up/Baby know I don’t play, now eat the cake, Anna Mae/Said ‘Eat the cake, Anna Mae!’” which is in reference to Tina Turner (aka Anna Mae Bullock) and her abusive husband/manager Ike Turner.
6. Kill You - Eminem
Eminem doesn't even bother to hide his immense hatred of women in this song. And in almost all of his songs, for that matter.
8. Outer Space - Danny Brown
I don't even know how to describe this song. “Love a feminist bitch, oh, it get my dick hard/ So no apologies for all the misogyny/ I just want your company to come and watch some porn with me.” At least he recognises his misogyny...right?
10. I don't Mind - Usher
This song is basically saying "I don't mind if you're a stripper, just as long as you're my bitch," and that just doesn't sit well with me. Which is why I change the station immediately when I hear it on the radio (it happens a lot).
We all know that in today's culture, sexism is almost everywhere. This especially holds true for music. Most of the time, we don't even realise it because we tend to get lost in the catchy beat of certain popular songs. But we have to face the facts: a lot of songs nowadays are spreading misogynistic BS in their lyrics, despite how catchy they can be. Here are some examples of them:
There are plenty more examples of sexist songs in rap/hip-hop, but we have to realize that some pop, rock, and country songs also perpetuate misogyny in a lot of ways.
11. Every Breath You Take - The Police
This is a song that's supposed to sound romantic but in reality, is the mutterings of a creepy, obsessed stalker. Christian Grey, is that you?
13. All Women are Crazy - Voltaire
The title alone says it all.
15. Jealous - Nick Jonas
This one may not seem misogynistic at first, but when you really listen to the lyrics, it talks about a man who feels so entitled to his girlfriend that he thinks it's his "right to be hellish" when someone shows her attention, and shows an obviously unhealthy relationship. Bully for you, Nick Jonas, for having a supermodel girlfriend. Jeez.
17. Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3
I'll admit, I loved this song when I first heard it years ago, but now that I really listen to it, I hate it. It may not seem obvious at first, but after some thorough analysis, you'll realize how misogynistic this song really is. I'm glad 3OH!3 isn't popular anymore, because they're just a bunch of douche-y woman-hating guys.
12. Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones
And again, another song which means to demean and control women sexually. When will it end? (Okay this one's older than the previous examples, but the point still stands.)
14. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - Trace Adkins
Even country music joins in on the over-sexualization of women's butts. This time, with a ridiculous nickname for it.
16. Rude - Magic!
Here's another song that reeks of male entitlement. Never in this entire song does the singer mention what the girl feels about marrying him. Ever. Talk about rude.
18. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
You know what, I'm tired of trying to explain how fucking disgusting this song is. I'll let this photoset speak for itself.
This article isn't meant to condemn you or anyone who enjoy listening to these songs or songs similar to them, but it's meant to serve as a warning. A song may be catchy as hell, but it can also have subtly, and sometimes even not-so subtly, sexist lyrics. If you wanna continue to listen, go ahead, but be mindful of the meaning behind the songs you're listening to. Stay woke, y'all.
- Isis Evangelista