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Raw Takes on Love: 8 Songs You Didn't Know You'd Connect With

Female vs. male artist's perspectives on dating.

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There’s no separation between the emotions that music provokes. Both male and female artists write music with one thing in mind: vulnerability.

From rap to R&B, vulnerability is the key to curating the most relatable and heart wrenching lyrics.

I wish I could say that music is my temporary escape from reality but most of the time, the songs I gravitate towards continue to remind me of the same painful relationship shit I deal with in my life.

At the root of all my relationship problems, artists like SZA and Rex have taken my exact feelings and formulated them into the words I don’t know how to say, or the words I’m too afraid to speak out loud.

From the verses to the chorus, the lyrical genius that exists in the music industry is unstoppable. Male and female artists use the real, raw moments in their love life and put them into songs that we can listen to and feel somewhat understood.

Bruised hearts and heavy souls are embodied in the music they produce and we can take so much from them if we just listen.

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"Good Days" by SZA

I try to keep from losing the rest of me

I worry that I wasted the best of me on you, babe

You don’t care

What an iconic song. In her sultry lyrics, SZA expresses how you can give so much of yourself to someone and then feel like you have nothing left when it’s over. In the end, you’re the one fighting for the right to your own persona while they live carefree without you.

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“Stuck On You” by Giveon

Waiting for you, even how you treat me

You’re my baby even when you leave me

Maybe I’m the problem and the one who’s causing all of this

Giveon touches on mistreatment and overthinking. He sings about how you can hold out for someone even after getting hurt because you’re so indebted to them. Putting the blame on yourself to cover their actions is an easy way to overthink the ending of a relationship, and a destructive decision for your mental health.

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“Warm” by Dre’es

Little afraid it’ll be a disaster

But I know that I don’t wanna crash without you

You’re the one that makes me come alive

Fear is a factor that can stop you from committing to love. But embracing it instead of pushing it away may lead to a whole chapter of your life that you would've missed out on. Would you rather crash alone or with someone that makes you “come alive”?

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“Single” by The Neighbourhood

Everywhere I go you show, whenever

I don’t ever mind sharing oxygen

I just wanna get lost in your lungs