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Pop songs are getting sadder and angrier. Fascinating little study of the Billboard Top 100 from 1965

The effect can be seen even when we look at single words: the usage of ‘love’, for example, practically halved in 50 years, going from around 400 to 200 instances. The word ‘hate’, on the contrary, which until the 1990s was not even mentioned in any of the top-100 songs, is now used between 20 and 30 times each year.

(via Marginal Revolution )