Why Are There So Many Songs About Break Ups?

What do you hear when you turn on the radio? Noticing any themes in the music lyrics? Busted Halo’s® Alex Ponchak takes note of the unusually high number of songs that are about break ups these days: “When you turn on the radio you’re inevitably going to hear one thing and one thing only — mainstream music … However, I’ve noticed a 180-degree turn in the content and inspiration for their music. Nearly every song that gets airtime today is about the collapse of a relationship.” Share this article with young adults and ask them what they think about this phenomenon and what music they listen to.

  • Why do you think there are so many songs about break ups?
  • What — if anything — does this say to us about the role of romantic relationships in our lives?
  • What artists are you listening to right how? What do you like about them?
  • What spiritual themes or messages do you hear in the music you listen to?