I believe the most dangerous pollution to a student’s mind is the music industry, and they are at it again. Music is a safe haven for most people. Most people love music. Adults all of the way down to the kids love music. I know that my 19 month old daughter loves music, and most of the television shows for her age involves a lot of music. Well, it is the same for teenagers. Teens are influenced heavily by music. It is a way that people express themselves, and in some cases, students feel as though they can relate to the frustration taken out in the song. They also love the beats so that they can be encouraged and feel pumped up.

This week, I wanted to share with you the top music videos for students between the ages of 13-18. This will probably shock you, and should disturb us. I am sharing these videos not to promote the perversion and explicit content, but to show you that it is important to have a good idea of the music that is filling your students ears. What you see below is disturbing:

1.  “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

2.  “Love me (Explicit)” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake, Future

3. “Scream & Shout (Remix)” by Will.I.Am

4. “Started from the Bottom (Explicit)” by Drake

5. “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

I bet you do not like what you see, and rightfully so, but it is important to understand the culture in which these students are living in so that we can better know how to reach them with the Gospel.

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13 thoughts on “The Top 5 Music Videos that Students watched this week

  1. I could not get more than 30 seconds into any of them before I had to stop the video in disgust most did not last 4 seconds. In my household we mostly listen to contemporary Christian. Our vehicles are tuned to 89.3 WBFJ and if they are not when we get in the car my kids ask me to turn it to that station. I know that some preachers are against contemporary Christian rock music but it is a much better alternative to what was displayed here. I do not kid myself into thinking this is the only music my Daughters are exposed to. After all my Kids are all “adults” and over 18 but it makes me feel good that when they are alone I hear them listening to contemporary Christian music as opposed to what was in these videos. I have had these stations on in my cars since they where little and have monitored their music choices as they went through their teen years and it does take constant vigilance. One of the reasons we chose to home school as opposed to letting them attend a public school was because we wanted to monitor their exposure to the world in those crucial teen years. We where not happy with the situation with our eldest daughter as she was entering her last two years of school she became more rebellious and was being exposed to a very worldly environment and she went to Christian school, when we realized we could not combat peer pressure even at a Christian school we pulled our two youngest out and began homeschooling. Now that they are all in college my two that were home schooled are extremely focused on their studies and are not influenced by their peers like the eldest who did not get home-schooled.

    1. Randle, I know man! I was the same way. It took me a few seconds before I turned it off. I guess music is such a tough thing for students that I really feel some responsibility for parents to be educated about the potential dangers of the filthy music out there. I appreciate your transparency in writing this for us.

      For me, I grew up in a strict Christian home where I was surrounded by God, Christians, and morals throughout. The problem was that I was getting away with horrible music similar to what I shared in this post behind my parents back. It is dangerous, and it can destroy students minds. I believe parents need to try and be more on top of music considering they have more access with phones, tablets, etc than I did back then. So, you can only imagine how many of them are into it, ya know.

      Thanks again for the comment.

  2. Josh,

    Thanks for sharing these. Looking at the culture of our teens is often sometimes tough, disturbing, and awkward if your a dude, but it’s necessary if we are to understand where our students are. Where did you get the info that these were the top videos? I receive CPYU culture updates and they list stuff like this.

    Austin

  3. Guys there is a ministry out there called Cornerstone Media. It is run by Anna Scally and she offers a service in which she takes what is popular at the current time and breaks down each song with positive values, negative values and as a youth minister offers the young people the opportunity to see what values these artists are trying to sell. She is very straightforwad and I am a big fan of Anna Scally because her team spends a huge amount of time researching and making it easy for a youth minister young or old to pick up her program for a few bucks a month and change lives with it. I believe her website is http://www.cornerstonemedia.com try .org if that doesn’t work.
    I agree with you I can’t believe what the artists today are getting by with. It is much harder to know what your own kids are listening to these days as the ipods and such have the earpods that block out what they are listening to.
    Kevin

  4. We have all been there as teens. There is something exciting about the cutting edge (as if it’s really that new) display of sexuality. The only way–and not a difficult avenue to find–in combating the impact is…yes, talk with the kids. By the way, we all know some adults that are stuck in this bondage also. They need a wake-up call.

  5. Thank you for this! This post has been a great launching point from starting a conversation about how to better come along side and minister to the parents in our church.
    Excuse my ignorance, can you point me to where I could find this info on YouTube? I’ve been looking/searching but haven’t been able to come up with it so far. Please and thank you!

  6. I first came across this post last Friday. By the time I got 30 seconds into the first one I had to turn it off. I shared those first 30 seconds with my wife just to get her take. I couldn’t shake the feeling,. though, that I needed to watch them all because I often run the risk of being out of touch with secular society. Tonight I was sitting down to do some ministry work after I spent some time in the Word and in prayer and all of sudden I felt “released” to watch all 5 in their entirety. I can’t explain why, I just felt like after that time of study and prayer I was prepared. About halfway through, I had a thought that if this is what I’m up against, I should just leave youth ministry. How in the world can I compete with this? And I was immediately slapped upside the head by the Holy Spirit. We have the Truth, which NOTHING can compete with. Fellow ministers, parents, etc. it is an uphill battle we face but we are in partnership with the Holy Spirit!

    1. Pretty eye opening isn’t it Ben. Thanks for taking the time to check them out, and hopefully this can motivate us to inform, resource, and train parents to parent teenagers in today’s culture.

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