Daily Playlist — Deceptively Bright

Look deeper into the lyrics, or you will miss what these songs mean

From the fast-paced, funky tunes of “Hey Ya!” and “Tightrope” to the soft and bright fold sound of “Casimir Pulaski Day,” these songs set up a dissonance between the music and the lyrics to portray the conflict they deal with. Do you know that Lady GaGa’s “Telephone” actually deals with the fear of suffocation — the fear of a workaholic that she would not be able to enjoy oneself, that the whole conversation with her boyfriend on the phone is merely a metaphor for the relationship between the singer and her work? Or that Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” have very concerning lyrics about domestic violence during Jay Z’s rap verse?

Listen closely. Lana Del Rey with her apathetic lovers on “Video Games” is very likely the least troubled artist on this list.