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Greg Archer

Greg Archer

Posted: February 11, 2011 07:07 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us. I'm single this year, and that's OK. I've already ordered a box of chocolate, and I'm sending myself flowers. They'll arrive Monday -- hopefully by 11:11 a.m. (But that's another story.)

Love. I can't escape it. No, really. It's everywhere -- on the streets (watch, it's pretty fun to look at it) and especially on the radio. But the other day, I was driving along the coast in Northern California -- sorry Chicago, we've been blessed with 70-degree weather -- when I dipped into that sort of "observing" space. Instead of humming along to the songs on the stations, I actually started listening to them -- and what they were trying to tell me.

From what I gather, it's best to smack my head up against the wall if somebody leaves me and... I'd really be lucky to survive without somebody. Pop music. Such a kidder. But then again... ouch!

All of it got me thinking (not always the best thing to do, because it leads to mood swinging, but what can you do?). In these glorious, modern, social networking times, how are we really affected by the gaggle of ditties we hear in a week's time? Do the songs we hear affect our own relationships and values?

I had to find out. So I put on my therapist cap -- it was tight, the result of overthinking no doubt -- and obsessed my way into discovering the Top 10 Most Dysfunctional Love Songs. Delicious. Take a peek. Then tell me yours.

Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
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We've heard it countless times. It shot dear Britney to stardom. But listening to it here in the Baby One More Time live in London, Oops Tour, I have to confess that yeah, her perpetual "loneliness" and the emotional barfing of it all has been killing me for quite some time. Brit's also chrips, "when I'm not with you I lose my mind/give me a sign/hit me baby one more time." Looking back, I'm wondering if she meant that literally? Brits: as much as I've enjoyed your 2000-2010 creative slideshow into the abyss and back again, why not spend the next 10 years spitting out material that could, oh, actually empower the youngsters, in better way?
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