Scientist say song lyrics are getting angrier over time

CNET | 1/28/2019 | Leslie Katz
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Feeling bummed? It should be easier than ever for you to find pop songs that match your dark mood.

A scientific analysis of pop music over the past 65 years found song lyrics have become "sadder" and "angrier." Especially angrier.

Professor - Student - Michigan - Lawrence - Technological

A professor and grad student from Michigan's Lawrence Technological University analyzed the lyrics of more than 6,000 songs that made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 between 1951 and 2016. Billboard charts are often used to identify trends and preferences of both artists and fans.

Computer science Professor Lior Shamir and computer scientist Kathleen Napier turned to a program that analyzed the sentiment of songs' lyrics, looking for words or phrases it can associate with feelings. So, for example, sadness dominates the line "Turn around, even now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming 'round," from Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler.

Team - Analysis - Terms - Pearson - Correlation

The team's analysis includes terms like "Pearson correlation coefficients" that aren't exactly music to my ears. But the bottom line, according to the research, is that anger, disgust, fear, sadness, tentativeness and conscientiousness have increased over time, while joy, analytics, confidence, and openness have declined. The study was published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

No more 'Happy happy, joy joy'

Study - Lyrics - Fear - Mid - Fear

The study also found pop lyrics expressed more fear during the mid '80s, and the fear decreased sharply in 1988 (which, for you history buffs who might be looking to speculate about the connection between lyrics...
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