Entry 2 – Influence Of Song Lyrics On The Society Especially On Our Youths

Music no doubt plays an important role in socialization of young people, particularly the young adults. The focus here is on the content or message.To what extent do our artiste pay attention to the content of what they sing and what kind of message that is being passed on in the songs that are being released in this contemporary period of earnest desire for rapid game and wealth. Let me start by saying that music has the potential to change ones mood and also encourage different mindsets and behaviour.

The music we listen to has the power to morally and emotionally influence us.Song lyrics has the potential to be a major influence in a child’s life especially the youths. And if we try to reflect on the contemporary music industry,we would be left with the question of whether what we listen to is content based. Nigeria music industry is filled with all manners and genres of music that one way or the other has effects on the young adults.

Most music do not discuss the dangers of sexual activities,such as unplanned pregnancy or STDS,instead these music’s often glorifies promiscuity and promotes gender stereotypes in their lyrics. Youths who listen to degrading sexual lyrics are more likely to engage in riskier sexualised behaviour. Degrading lyrics tend to objectify both genders and portray men as sex-driven and women as sexual objects which is not to be so.

Also another influence is that music can increase a teens suicide risk when song lyrics focus on death and suicide,it can make suicide seem like a good solution to problems. Another influence music can have on youths is Aggression,listening to lyrics that involves gun, violence and aggressive behaviour can have a negative influence on youths. Violent lyrics increase both aggressive thoughts and aggressive feelings.

Music lyrics can also have a negative influence on youths because some song  lyrics often galmorize drug and alcohol use and also in their music videos too and research has made it known that alcohol is portrayed in music videos once every 14minutes.Some music often portray substance use as cool without showing the negative consequences of addiction.

As they listen to some of these naija tunes,the utmost concern is very high as most lyrics have become too explicit in their reference to drugs,sex and violence, particularly in certain genre. Most lyrics today are nothing to write home about. This doesn’t mean that music is bad for our young adults and should be thrown out of the window. However the kind of music most Nigerian artistes churn out today has a potential to affect the well being of these young adults as it creates feelings that affects their behaviour.A message to all artistes out there is that whenever a song is to be released,we should make sure that it is passing a positive message to the society.


This article was written by Kolade Olayemi; connect with her on IG here

494 thoughts on “Entry 2 – Influence Of Song Lyrics On The Society Especially On Our Youths

  1. The article is quite informative. There is a call for more regularization in the lyrical contents of the average Nigerian music, especially in the pop genre.

    Reply
  2. The article shows the writer is fully baked about music. Such a wonderful stuff that is needed to get out there to bring about the needed changes. Keep it up.

    Reply
  3. Wow! I hope the regulatory bodies do something about this trend, especially the producers of this artiste who tends to have a major role to play in looking at the content of their songs.

    Reply
  4. I think the world will be better if every artist has this knowledge that they can either make or mar the audience’s mindset with their lyrics… Great piece ma’am!

    Reply
    1. Good day sir or ma, I talked about the effects it has on the society and at the end I wrote it there that our artists should always take cognizance of the message that they are passing across. That’s one way to curb the spread and also the government should try as much as possible to ban Lyrics that pass bad messages to the society and in my research it has been done a few times.
      and the number of words given for me to write on wouldn’t have permitted me to write much on the ways to curb the spread but only to focus on the topic I picked. Thanks alot for reading through. I really appreciate

      Reply
  5. Beautiful piece.
    So informative. We really need to sensitize people on the vast effects music has on one. We need more meaningful lyrical content

    Reply
  6. Nicely written. Good job!keep improving yourself as a writer. I do hope you not only write this just as an article but you also tell your friends and anyone you know listening to songs with crude lyrics because this is a very good method of curbing this menace too, most people might not read the Magazine or this article but when you tell them and everyone who reads this article also does, we are actually making a change then.

    Reply
  7. This is beautiful, this should be read nationwide. Artistes need to start considering the importance and implication of their lyric/content, the message they pass across, not just because of the monetary gain. Wonderful piece dear

    Reply
  8. Its a good one. Actually song lyrics -in an age of mass literacy but lack of mental development- is responsible for the steep gradient of sound values in the society-especially africa

    Reply
  9. I wish music artistes would see this and take to what has been written here. This is a good job well done. Keep sensitizing us on what is right. Thank you.

    Reply
  10. I hope music artistes read this post, learn and adhere. Thanks for sensitizing us of the truth. This is a good job well done. More ink to your pen.

    Reply
  11. This is very thoughtful of you Horlami. And if possible I think the government can enforce this, by putting in place a body to regulate the kind of songs released for public consumption. For a better society as a whole.
    Keep it up

    Reply
  12. The secular music industry needs to read this. They have done much more harm than good with their music. And we shouldn’t keep quiet any longer. I think the government could also do something about it. We must save our youths from these corruptive influences. Well done Olami.

    Reply
  13. This is really nice👌.If there was a better way of ringing it out to the youths that what they listen too forms a greater part of them,their thinking, perception.. But they say no they only like the beat of the song.
    Well-done girl,I pray God helps us all.

    Reply

Post Comment