We are getting more depressed with our music?

Here’s an article in ScienceNOW that’s pretty damn interesting….

How Happy Is the Internet?
By Michael Torrice
ScienceNOW Daily News
3 August 2009

When the researchers turned to song lyrics, they discovered a darker trend: Popular music has become less happy since 1960–a 10% drop. Most of the decreases happened between 1961 (6.7) and 1980 (6.2). Fewer singers are crooning about “love” now and more are shouting about “hate” and “pain,” the scientists report. When they analyzed musical genres, the researchers found that genres haven’t changed much over time, but new, less happy genres, such as punk and heavy metal, have become popular and brought lyric scores down. “All-4-One [an R&B group] still uses the word ‘love’ a lot in their songs,” Danforth says. “But [hard rock group] Metallica doesn’t use it much at all.”

thesmiths

I love that we started getting nasty in the 80s, maybe that’s why my generation is such a bunch of whinny babies? Who knows, but what can I say I love The Smiths (featured in picture), The Cure, and Joy Division and they were definitely not the happiest bunch of artists to produce incredible pop.

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