From The Beatles to Taylor Swift, youth and love have been a constant topic in pop music. Every week, we'll add songs tackling this subject to our Too Young To Marry playlist on Spotify. Write-in suggestions welcomed.
John Mellencamp, "Jack and Diane"
This 1982 classic about high school sweethearts "growin' up in the heartland" is one of the most iconic coming-of-age love songs ever. It begins by chronicling what's important to this quintessential small town couple -- namely, sex and football. After burning through some playful, juvenile sexual imagery (Diane's "suckin' on a chili dog," etc.), the lyrics turn dark by alluding to a pregnancy and having to grow up too quickly. Mellencamp's advice: "Hold on to 16 for as long as you can/Changes come around real soon/Make us women and men."
Taylor Swift, "Love Story"
See, not all teenage love stories end badly. After Taylor and her young love first met, she sings: "Little did I know that you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles and my daddy said stay away from Juliet." Stay away, Romeo did not. In fact, "He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring."
Chris Brown, "Young Love"
This R&B ditty by Chris Brown is about a young couple proving older haters wrong. The chorus says it all:
"Since we ain't 21, they be trying to say it ain't love
'Cause we can't hit the clubs, they be trying to say we too young
I ain't saying that we trying to be grown, I'm just saying that we old enough to know
We got that young love, young love
We lucky 'cause we got that young love"
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