Is love still a relevant theme in today's world?
Yes. Absolutely yes. It is such a major theme that it essentially permeates just about every single song that gets played on top 40 radio. Look at artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and John Legend. Their careers wouldn't exist if love were not a relevant theme. Taylor Swift as well. If she didn't have love, relationships, and break ups to sing about, she wouldn't have many songs. The current top 10 songs according to the Billboard Top 100 are as follows:
- Hello by Adele (love song)
- Sorry by Justin Bieber (love song)
- Hotline Bling by Sam Smith (love song)
- The Hills by the Weekend (kind of a love song, but more of a sex song)
- What do you Mean? by Justin Bieber (love song)
- Stitches by Shawn Mendes (love song)
- Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift (love song)
- 679 by Fetty Wap (more of a hook up song)
- Locked Away by R. City and Adam Levine (love song)
- Can't Feel my Face by the Weekend (love song that compares love to drugs)
As you can see, the popularity of thematic love songs is as relevant as ever. It actually gets annoying listening to the radio.
There is an entire literature genre dedicated to love -- the romantic novel.
There is an entire movie genre dedicated to love -- the romantic comedy.
It's even getting to the point where being in love with one person at a time isn't enough for audiences and story lines. It's why Bella Swan is in love with Jacob and Edward at the same time. It's why the love triangle exists between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. Felicity Smoke (Green Arrow TV show) is in love with Oliver and Ray Palmer, and both men love her. Even movies that have no need for a love plot still include it. Spiderman has Mary Jane. Titanic was about a sinking ship, but most of the film was a romance. That's true of Avatar and Pearl Harbor as well.
Yes, love is so relevant today that's it's almost impossible to consume media free of love's presence.