Everyone loves a good love song, but how about a self-love song? Despite appearing innocent on first listen, there are quite a few songs about masturbation, including ones you've routinely heard on the radio. With a bit of innuendo and wink-nudge lyrics, these songs disguise their risque leanings to make them radio friendly, and they're all the better for it. You might love them, but these songs don't mean what you think they do.
Some of the fun of re-listening to songs you never realized are about masturbation is picking up on the double entendres and jokes you previously missed. For these songs that are secretly about self love, it's not just the music or the lyrics that make them fun, it's the surprise of realizing that there's more happening below the surface, if you catch the drift.
Longview By Green Day
Green Day rocketed to fame with "Longview," a drony anthem about debilitating boredom. You can hear it as simply being about your average everyday boredom and frustration; it's a particular kind of frustration, as Billie Joe Armstrong makes clear in the line about masturbation. But that's not the only reference to self-love in "Longview." Other lyrics include, "Bite my lip and close my eyes / Take me away to paradise," "I'm feeling like a dog in heat," and "Some say quit or I'll go blind / But it's just a myth," all of which refer to the fact that he's not just sitting around doing nothing.
Artist: Michael Armstrong, Jordan Lansburg
Albums: Lullaby Renditions of Green Day
Length (seconds): 4:38
Fingers By P!nk
P!nk has always been the bad girl of pop music, with her sassy attitude and punk-inspired looks. Even her music has a rebellious twist to it, and nowhere is that more evident than in "Fingers." While masturbation isn't wrong, it's certainly taboo, and P!nk's lyrics are a constant wink toward the listener and the subject of the song. The subject appears to be a poor lover, which means P!nk has to handle things herself – hence lines like, "When its late at night and you're fast asleep / I let my fingers do the walking," and the Spanish phrase "me vengo," meaning "I'm coming."
Sure, "Dancing With Myself" could literally be about dancing solo. And Billy Idol claims that the song was meant to be innocent, but that there's a masturbatory element to it as well. When you look at the lyrics it's not hard to see how. Lines like, "Well I wait so long / For my love vibration / And I'm dancing with myself," certainly have a hint of double entendre about them, and Idol's status as a sex symbol means that people are more likely to find those themes there, even when they're not intended.
Artist: Generation X
Albums: Kiss Me Deadly
Composer: William Michael Albert Broad, Tony James
Length (seconds): 3:47see more on Dancing With Myself
Cyndi Lauper's catchy music stands the test of time, including "She Bop," a bouncy earworm with a highly suggestive music video. But it's not just the music video that's suggestive. While the lyrics might have flown under the radar in the '80s, especially because "bop" can easily just mean dancing, it's pretty clear that Lauper was singing about a particular kind of good time. With lines like, "I want to go south and get me some more," "They say I better stop or I'll go blind," and "I can't stop messin' with the danger zone," it's clear that it's not just dancing Lauper is singing about.
Artist: Cyndi Lauper
Albums: She's So Unusual
Composer: Cyndi Lauper, Rick Chertoff, Gary Corbett, Stephen Broughton Lunt
Length (seconds): 3:46see more on She Bop