Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger has recently been name-dropped in a whole lot of song lyrics. You’ve got “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, and of course “Swagger Jagger” by Cher Lloyd.
You can also catch mentions in “The Time” by Black Eyed Peas (“All these girls, they like my swagger, they callin’ me Mick Jagger”), “Heart & Soul” by the Jonas Brothers (“That won’t matter if you can swagger like old Mick Jagger”). T.I.’s “Swagger Like Us” features guest artist Kanye West proclaiming, “My swagger is Mick Jagger.”
Are you noticing a theme?
Yep. Jagger rhymes with swagger, and some music experts tell the Ottawa Citizen that’s the major reason he’s been cropping up in more lyrics lately. “For the most part, I strongly believe (it’s because) the word swagger
has been so overused,” says Radio 3 host Lana Gay. “And who has a very memorable swagger and a
name that rhymes with the word?”
Pop culture scholar John Alberti says that the current name-drop trend betrays a “lyrical laziness,” but that Jagger remains an icon for a youth revolution regardless. “He’s the avatar of being a badass,” Alberti says.