Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

From chirpy to moody: How pop music got the blues

From chirpy to moody: How pop music got the blues

List your top ten favourite songs and then ask yourself if they are overall happy or sad. That is to say, there have been fewer male artists responsible for pop's biggest hits and, correspondingly, the "maleness" of music has decreased, according to the study.

This lyrical trend is in tune with the overall increase in loneliness, social isolation and mental disorders across society.

"In the recent years, successful songs are more often sung by females", said the study.

As the AP reports, it found that there are less songs about being happy and more songs about being sad.

"This is particularly interesting given a large debate about the role of women in the music industry, especially the issues of gender inequality, stereotypes and the sexualization of female singers".

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While the mood has gotten bleaker, songs that have been more popular have been the ones attributed to being "danceable" or "party-like".

Some from 1985 with a high happiness bent include "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen, "Freedom" by Wham! and 'Would I Lie to You?' by Eurythmics. 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 the early 2000s.

The researchers named some songs with a low happiness index: "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, "Whispers" by Passenger and "Unmissable" by Gorgon City, all from 2014.

Can the research help songwriters? They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of the music and the moods describing the sounds.

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