The Girl With The Lowest Self-Esteem In Pop Music
12:30 pm, November 9th | by Sarah Devlin
I’m an unabashed lover of pop music (seriously, my taste is so terrible that I guard my iTunes library like it’s my diary), and in my decade of intense pop fandom, I’ve noticed a disturbing motif in many popular songs: that of the ‘girl with terrible self esteem.’
This girl is either the narrator of the song or the subject of it; she’s either being instructed on how to pull herself out of depression, describing how she managed to turn her frown upside down, having her happiness adopted as a personal quest by a dude, or if she’s Flo Rida’s girl, getting Monday morning quarterbacked during a sex act. It must be exhausting, since she’s been moping around the pop music world for years. Her longevity is a sign that it’s a successful model for songwriters, but why?
Here are a couple of the more egregious ‘girl with low self-esteem’ pop songs in pop music to ponder, along with a handful of antidotes from the likes of Sia, Ne-Yo — although he’s also one of our offenders, that traitor — and Webbie (Who is that, you ask? Don’t worry about it).