Songs about sex are just about as old as music itself, and songs about losing your virginity are as important a part of the pop canon as any other. While the hidden messages in some of the songs on this list are pretty obvious, others are pretty clock and dagger, and are songs you probably hear on a daily basis and have not given much thought to otherwise. Until now.
Sex sells, and the music industry has always been aware of this, even if the messages are sometimes hidden—or presented more subtly—in an attempt to get around media censoring. Sometimes it works, and sometimes the songwriter still manages to court controversy. Nevertheless, the losing of one's virginity is a relatable fact of life for many people, and that is what pop music is all about—describing an experience shared by the masses and presenting it as art. Do any of these conjure up memories of YOUR first time?
This four-part, play-by-play anthem of a girl's loss of her virginity has been a classic rock radio staple since 1979. Clocking in at almost nine minutes, the song chronicles the narrator's numerous attempts to get his girl to give it up in the back seat of his car. She makes him promise to love her "till the end of time" to which he begs "let me sleep on it...I'll give you an answer in the mornin'." Much back and forth ensues, until the narrator relents -"I started swearing to my God and my mother's grave that I would love you till the end of time" - and then the deed is done. Years later, the narrator regrets his hasty decision:
So now I'm praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don't think that I can really survive
I'll never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now
I'm praying for the end of time
It's all that I can do
Praying for the end of time, so I can end my time with you.
Artist: Meat Loaf
Albums: Bat Out of Hellsee more on Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Bob Seger's mega-hit, "Night Moves," refers to a young couple "out in the back seat of my (Seger's) '60 Chevy....workin' on mysteries without any clues"—you can pretty much surmise what's happening from that.
Although American Graffiti inspired the tune, Seger has explained in past interviews that "Night Moves" is somewhat autobiographical. During his teen years in Ann Arbor, MI, he met a slightly older woman whose husband was in the military. She and Seger had a brief fling, but when her husband returned, she ended the relationship and the broken-hearted musician wrote this song as an ode to the woman and the memory.
Artist: Bob Seger, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Albums: Night Moves, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Bandsee more on Night Moves
Come out Virginia, don’t let me wait
You Catholic girls start much too late
Aw, but sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one.
Like "Night Moves," "Only The Good Die Young" has its roots in reality. Virginia Callahan was once the object of Joel's unrequited affections during his days as a teen in Levittown, Long Island. “One of the first gigs I ever played with my high-school band the Echoes, this girl that I had a crush on was looking at me—Virginia. I thought, ‘This is so cool.’ I was completely hooked. There was no way I was going to do anything else but be a musician.”The song was criticized by several Catholic officials when it came out in 1978, but as Joel later explained, "the point of the song wasn’t so much anti-Catholic as [it was] pro-lust."
Artist: Billy Joel
Albums: The Strangersee more on Only the Good Die Young
Though it sounds tame by today's standards, the song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" was considered quite risque when it was first released, and was even banned by some radio DJs. Written by Carole King and performed by The Shirelles in 1960, it tells the tale of a young girl who is about to give herself to her guy and is unsure of what will happen after she does:
Tonight with words unspoken
You say that I'm the only one
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun?
I'd like to know that your love
Is love I can be sure of
So tell me now and I won't ask again.
Carole Kings has recently confirmed this fact on her Facebook page, and said she was "proud" of the song. Rightfully so!
Artist: James Taylor, Carole King
Albums: Tapestrysee more on Will You Love Me Tomorrow