15 Songs That Incorporate Virtues | Playlist
In a more ‘virtuous’ turn, The Musical Hype handpicks 15 songs that incorporates virtues including faith, love, and prudence.
Believe it or not, sometimes The Musical Hype delivers a thoughtful, transcendent evergreen/playlist. It’s not all offensive death metal, serial killers/mass murderers/cult leaders, or disturbing paraphilias. Yes, we’ve covered those controversial, dark, and twisted subjects, but we do the good, more wholesome stuff as well…sometimes. In the case of 15 Songs that Incorporate Virtues, we handpicked 15 songs with themes embodying various virtues.
The virtues covered on this particular playlist are: charity, courage, diligence, faith, fortitude, hope, humility, justice, kindness, liberality, love, patience, prudence, and temperance. Musicians helping to fuel the fire include the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, and Muse among many others.
1. Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Album: DAMN., 2017
From the jump, “HUMBLE.” is energetic. Kendrick Lamar testifies about his come-up, but he’s not bragging – he’s thankful. He emphasizes being humble, with a brilliant, gimmicky hook. Possessing numerous meanings, some believe it’s a diss track directed to specific rappers. Most likely, it’s more transcendent than a cocky rapper. The best line references cellulite, though it runs deeper than such.
“I’m so f*ckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop / Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor / Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks…”
2. Logic, “1-800-273-8255”
Ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Album: Everybody, 2017
Virtue: Fortitude; Hope
With the release of “1-800-273-8255,” Logic released the biggest, heaviest, and most meaningful song of his career. What makes “1-800-273-8255” so heavy? The title is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Logic approaches the song as a progression, starting from the suicidal perspective, encouraging the suicidal person to embrace life, and the suicidal person coming to the desire to live. He’s assisted by an angelic Alessia Cara and Khalid, who provides the punctuation mark, as the suicidal person who’s seen the light.
Suicide is a major issue. Originally appearing on another playlist (26 Notable LGBTQ Songs Since 2010), “1-800-273-8255” doesn’t explicitly mention the LGBTQ community, but it’s a key component of the accompanying music video. The video focuses on a black gay teen struggling with his sexuality. He contemplates suicide, but gets the proper help, as well as acceptance. Can you say feels?
3. Bastille, “World Gone Mad”
Album: Bright: The Album, 2017
Virtue: Fortitude; Justice
“If half the world’s gone mad / The other half just don’t care, you see.” “World Gone Mad” commences with acoustic guitar accompaniment. As always Bastille frontman Dan Smith blesses the track with his robust vocals, heavy in British accent. He beams with British pride, asserting on the pre-chorus, “You don’t want to f*ck with us / British to the very last.” Ah, how fortitudinous! His falsetto is ripe during the pre-chorus section, providing some sweetness to his profane assertion that shows incredible resolve. The chorus is signature Bastille:
“When it feels like the world’s gone mad / And there’s nothing you can do about it / No there’s nothing you can do about it.”