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Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck/Some nights I call it a draw.”

Do the lyrics sound familiar? Fun. is a New York city based band formed by Nate Ruess of a previous band called The Format. In the last year, Fun.’s songs, such as “We Are Young”, have been hitting the top of the charts in mainstream music. One song in particular, “Some Nights”, is garnering a lot buzz; making listeners everywhere ask themselves, “Hey, what are these guys actually talking about?”

fun-albumBut I still wake up, I still see your ghost/Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for.”

There are many people that believe it has a religious meaning as interpreted in the lyrics above. Could that be it? Is Reuss talking about religion? A top charter about religion, legitimately about religion, is a throwback to an era way before our own. If it really is about religion, are listeners everywhere accepting this song as an appropriate top-charter? I mean, it’s not about big booty girls or partying like we’re young or sex so can we even appreciate it for the song that it is?

So this it. I sold my sold my soul for this? Washed my hands of that for this? I miss my mom and dad for this?

On the other side there are listeners that think the song is anti-music establishment or, even, about choosing the wrong path. We here it all the time about how difficult the music world is, but this song has got me thinking if Nate has had second thoughts. Worse so, the things he’s had to have given up to live out this dream from love to his pervious band breaking up to what music is today. Going even a step further there are critics that think, and much of this interpretation could be based on the video, that the song is anti-war which could be something listeners are willing to delve into considering the situations in the Middle East.

fun-some-nights-holding“The other night you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me/I called you up but we’d both agree/It’s for the best you didn’t listen/It’s for the best we get our distance.”

Despite these many interpretations there are listeners that think that “Some Nights” is about divorce. Throughout the songs loneliness, self-doubt, and disappointment riddle the lyrics. They’re even more present when he talks about his sister and nephew, referring to love as a “con”.

These many interpretations of “Some Nights” really beg the question of what we expect from the music we listen to today, especially the chart-toppers — the top 100. When you think about it, the top 10 or 40 or what the numerical threshold plays a hand in defining our culture, media, gender roles, and even the clothes we wear. Do we want catchy tunes regardless of the lyrical content? Do we want a mix of both? Do we long for the lyrical content? This debate could change a generation of music. What do you think?

“This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for? Why don’t we break the rules already?”