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Entertainment Pop Music Has Gotten Sadder in the Past 30 Years, New Study Finds

02:11  17 may  2018
02:11  17 may  2018 Source:   pitchfork.com

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A new study has shown that in the past three decades, the trend in popular music has shifted toward sadder songs, according to the Associated Press.

You’re not alone – according to new research, pop music has gotten sadder over the past 30 years . The study also found there has been a downward trend in the success of rock songs from the early 2000s, coinciding with an increase in the success of dance and pop genres.

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A new study has shown that in the past three decades, the trend in popular music has shifted toward sadder songs, according to the Associated Press. In a report from the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine studied 500,000 popular songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015. They categorized each song according to their mood and found that descriptors like “happiness” and “brightness” have gone down, while “sadness” and, counterintuitively, “danceable” and “party-like” have gone up.

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Music has become sadder but also more danceable. They found a “downward sonic trend in happiness and increase in sadness .” The study also concluded that dance and pop have been the most successful genres, while there has been a noted “downward trend” in the success of rock since

A new study has found that pop music has got a lot more melancholic over the past three decades. It found that there has been a huge shift from the 'happiness' sound with the majority of popular songs. “‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘ sadness ’ is going up,” said

“So it looks like, while the overall mood is booming less happy, people seem to want to forget it all and dance,” study co-author Natalia L. Komarova told the Associated Press.

Songs that researchers found with a “high happiness index” included 1985’s “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Freedom” by Wham!, and “Would I Lie to You?” by the Eurythmics. On the lower side of the happiness index were 2014’s “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Unmissable” by Gorgon City, and “Whispers” by Passenger.

The study also found that the most successful genres of music have been dance and pop with a “clear downward trend” in the success of rock starting in the early 2000s. The “maleness” of songs has also declined in the last three decades—“successful songs are characterized by a larger percentage of female artists compared to all songs,” the researchers wrote.



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