Songs Are Getting Sadder. Why?

This article is a cheat, since we’re technically finishing our 21 Days of Prayer, but if you’re looking for something to pray about for our culture, this could definitely make your list.

Honestly, I think the author misses the boat on why the songs are getting more negative. (Not sure if she’s been on Twitter recently.) But the data is very convincing that negative words have increased significantly in my lifetime while the use of positive words has declined.

Instead of quoting the article, which is worth reading (at least the first half, because…previous paragraph), I’m going to show you the graphs. FYI, they looked at over 150,000 songs from 1965 to 2015, zeroing in on the Billboard Annual Hot 100 for each year.

As always, you can read the full article here.

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