There are countless songs about kissing, but philematology, or the study of kissing, has not discovered why humans romantically kiss.
While kissing is not a unique behavior for humans, only 46% of cultures perform the romantic kiss. The kiss is both evolutionary and based on tradition. It’s also been determined that the first kiss is an important deciding factor among women when selecting a mate (no pressure!), and that males report more motivation in kissing. (Probably because a lot is riding on it? Just a thought.) However, there is no gender difference in regards to how often or how much a person enjoys a kiss.
And, finally, after two years of research, a German neuroscientist recorded 124 ‘scientifically valid kisses.” I have so many questions based on the definition alone.
But enough about science. The kiss is often an important moment portrayed in the arts. As these songs show, a romantic kiss can be a symbol, a promise and a start.
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum
They don’t want to go too fast or mess up a perfect moment. It’s “just” a kiss goodnight but we all know it’s the start of something special.
“Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran
Settle down with me / Cover me up / Cuddle me in. They find comfort in the intimacy they share and the kiss is a symbol of that sense of security.
“This Kiss” by Faith Hill
Hopeful and even buoyant, this kiss is all about emotions. There’s excitement in the possibilities. It’s as if a secret wish is about to be fulfilled.