Updated (March 16, 2022):
Ok so the mix of songs has, for the most part, been nailed down. Some happy things; some unhappy things. I think a good balance. Despite the completely nailed-down title ("A Field of Music: 30 Love Songs Incorrectly Explained"), not all of the songs are popular, nor will they necessarily be incorrectly explained (although tangents might ensue). Oh and there's a three-song interlude plus one poem with two songs so there are actually 33 of them. So there's that.
I ran some demographics on my choices just to see how I did. I completely disregarded genre because I didn't care about that nebulousness. But here is some other information:
- Songs by men: 20
- Songs by women: 12
- Songs by white people: 27
- Songs by people of color: 5 (that's not so great)
- Songs from the 1950s: 2
- Songs from the 1960s: 6
- Songs from the 1970s: 6
- Songs from the 1980s: 10
- Songs from decades after the 1980s: 9
(because everything after I graduated high school is contemporary to me).