From The Beatles to Taylor Swift, youth and love have been a constant topic in pop music. Every Wednesday, we'll add songs tackling this subject to our Too Young To Marry playlist on Spotify. Write-in suggestions welcomed.
Hunx & His Punx, "The Curse of Being Young" and "Too Young to Be in Love"
Hunx and His Punx take their cues from ’60s girl groups, doo-wop and garage. Like many bands from those bygone eras, Hunx creates songs that lyrically and sonically emote the excitement, beauty, pain, impatience and sometimes mirage-like nature of teenage love. In Hunx's "The Curse of Being Young," frontman Seth Bogart is irrepressibly attracted to the "so soft" skin of a youthful crush while lamenting that his young age means he's "gotta another million years of heartbreak." In "Too Young to Be in Love," he says he should've listened to his mom about not taking you to the prom and exclaims: "Nothing can mend my teenage heart again/I'm too young to be in love."
Sonny & The Sunsets, "Too Young to Burn"
Like Hunx & His Punx, this stripped-to-the-bone gem borrows from past eras (doo-wop, in particular) - but the lyrics are more cryptic. The song opens with the singer explaining he has learned with age that heartbreak is not a waste ("every tear rollin' down is a lesson learned.") But is his object of love "too young to burn"? After all, mature wood burns hot, while saplings sometimes flicker out.