One of 1985’s biggest hits was “Part Time Lover” by Billy Joel. It was the first song to reach the top four Billboard charts at the same time. While the lyrics are heartfelt, they don’t quite mesh with the beat, making it sound more like a Kidz Bop song than a love song. The vocals also lack the urgency that the title suggests. Fortunately, the song does have a few redeeming qualities.
“Part Time Lover” is a song about a teenage romance. The lyrics describe a fictitious relationship between two undercover lovers who both cheat on each other. The song is a popular example of romantic love songs that exemplify the consequences of betraying someone. It ends with the line “What goes around, comes around.”