A Fascinating Look at the Evolution of Lyrics

This article from the Huffington Post is worth close study.  It traces the evolution of the vocabulary of song lyrics.  If I were to sum things up, more people are singing about hating/killing, weed and sex and less about love and being happy.  For example, take a look at weed-related songs…

Song lyrics - Weed

 

…vs songs involving smiling.

Song lyrics - Smile

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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