Most Common Themes in Hit Songs per Decade
So what do lyrics of pop songs say about our culture, especially at a specific point in time?
North Carolina State University released a study looking at the most common lyrical themes in songs listed in the Billboard Hot 100 over several years.
Right now out most popular theme is breakups.
In the 60’s it was, “Nostalgia, pain, and rebellion.” In the 70’s, rebellion was replaced by “being jaded.” In the 80’s, it was “loss, aspiration, and confusion.” And the 90’s it was, “Loss, inspiration, and escapism.”
2K hits skewed toward “Inspiration, pain, and desperation.”
More info HERE