This study looks at how lyrics (and swearing in songs) have changed since the 1950s

Here’s another British commercial masquerading as scientific research, but I’ll bite because I love the subject matter. Lottie, which helps people find personal care homes(!!!) commissioned a study of 35,000 songs from the 1950s to the 2010s to determine how lyrics have changed.

Here are some nifty charts.

This is my favourite. Interesting for a survey aimed at people looking for old folks’ homes.

This is good, too.

And who swore the most in their songs? I don’t get this list.

Rank Artist(s)
#1 Lil Wayne 
#2 Jeezy/Young Jeezy 
#3 Johnny Cash 
#4 Young Thug  
#5 Fabolous 
#6 Three 6 Mafia 
#7 Boosie Badazz 
#8 Ja Rule 
#9 Juvenile 
#10 Master P

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

2 thoughts on “This study looks at how lyrics (and swearing in songs) have changed since the 1950s

  • March 10, 2022 at 10:18 am
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    Just wondering how Johnny Cash got on that list? DId I miss something?

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