Admit it, you hear a certain artist on the radio and you automatically change the station. You have no idea what the song is about or what it even sounds like. It's understandable that when we hear certain things about people we decide whether we are going to take their side or not. But is it fair to the song to just brush it off and not give it a chance?
When we judge a song by the genre or artist, we often miss out on a great song. Without listening to it, it is just another annoying song by that annoying artist. The lyrics to the song bring meaning to it and can make it awe-inspiring rather than annoying. It's the best part of every song; it can be interpreted in a million ways yet we can all feel the same way.
Take Miley Cyrus' song "Wrecking Ball" as an example. People instantly criticized the song because she danced around naked on a wrecking ball in the music video. However, if you separate the song from the music video and Miley's antics, you might hear one of Cyrus' most personal songs yet. It is a heartfelt, breakup song and if you're currently hurting from heartache, you may be able to relate to Miley more than you think.
Miley is not the only artist to have critics judge her music before they actually listen to it; she is just the most recent. There are stereotypes with every genre. Some may believe rap is all about sex, drugs and alcohol or rock music is just angry rants hating on everyone and everything. But they're not all the same. So before you decide you hate a song, take a minute to listen to the lyrics. You never know, you just might end up liking it.