In all, 19 major teen idols appeared between 1956 and 1963, with 243 charting songs, mostly with the same pitch. There was little word play, little metaphor, not a hint of irony or ambiguity to detract from the clarity of the pitch: if you are a boy, get a girl. If you are a girl, get a boy. That is your reason for living, period.
After finding the One, the teen idol finds all other girls forever repulsive, or is simply unable to notice them. And even more, he cannot find any joy in any other relationship, interest, or activity. He goes to movies, drives a hot rod, surfs only to be near her. He gets a job only to earn money to buy her gifts. If it were possible, he would spend every moment for rest of his life literally staring into her eyes. Nothing else matters.
The reason for the pitch is obvious: to promote a heterosexist future of marriage and family to the biggest generation of juveniles in the history of the planet.
But the tragedy gets even worse. Single people can find happiness and contentment with family and friends, a career, leisure pursuits, political activism -- but The One was the teen idol's sole joy in life, his sole reason for living, so he will never find any joy in anything else, ever. His life is over.
Of the remaining five songs, three merely allow the teen idol a buddy to commiserate with over the loss of The One: "Poor Boy" (Elvis), "Ten Lonely Guys" (Pat Boone), and "Drip Drop" (Dion).
The other two, a pitiably small number, allude to same-sex desire or practice.
In "Jailhouse Rock" (1957), Elvis evokes a dance at the county jail, an all-male preserve, and specifices that the prisoners vie for the attention of the most attractive dance partners" "Number 47 said to Number 3, 'You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see!'"
Nature Boy visits Bobby on "a magic day," and, during their time together, tells him "the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." Perhaps the song managed to pass into the pitch because the "boy" could be read as a little boy, advising Bobby to find a girl.
But the original song, written by Nat King Cole in 1948, is about an adult, one of the long-haired sandal-clad Nature Boys, forerunners of the hippies, who wandered L.A. in the 1940s. And Nature Boy never says "get a girl!" He wants Bobby to love him.