Meaning of “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor

“No Excuses” is a song by American singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor. The feminist lyrics of the song see the singer (Trainor) reprimanding or rather strongly criticizing a boy/man for failing to treat her right and with respect. The song encourages women’s empowerment and independence.

In an interview with People, Trainor said this girl-power anthem, which was inspired by Time’s Up as well as the #MeToo movements, was written based on something she experienced. According to her, she sometimes encounters situations where older people in the music industry try disrespecting her because she’s been in the industry for just “four years”. She therefore decided to write the song to teach people about equality and being kind and respectful to others, regardless of how old or young they are.

In another interview she granted to the music website Genuis, Trainor said the song was influenced by the 1967 iconic song “Respect” by the legendary American singer Aretha Franklin. According to Trainor, she wanted to write a song about the topic of respect – something similar to a modern day version of Franklin’s “Respect”.

Lyrics of No Excuses

Facts about “No Excuses”

  • “No Excuses” was written by Trainor along with two other songwriters: Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Andrew Wells.
  • The song was produced by the song’s co-writer Wells.
  • Trainor and her co-writers wrote this song in just 7 hours.
  • “No Excuses” was officially released on March 1st, 2018 as the first single from Trainor’s third studio album, which is yet to be titled and released.
  • The music video of “No Excuse” was directed by American music video director Colin Tilley. In addition to working with Trainor, Tilley has worked with several famous artists including Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.
  • The song currently occupies the 70th position on the UK Singles Chart and the 46th position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.


What musical genre is “No Excuses”?

It is a pop song.

Did “No Excuses” sample any other song?

No, it didn’t.

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