Researchers have found a downward trend in happiness in the songs we listen to. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at half a million songs released in the U-K between 1985 and 2015, then categorized them according to their mood. They found that while songs are becoming more “danceable” and “party-like,” they also found that “happiness” is going down while “sadness” is going up.
The study findings echoed earlier research showing that positive emotions in music was dwindling. A previous study covering 1980-2007 found that music lyrics have become more self-centered, with increased use of the words “me” and “I”, fewer social words such as “we”, and more anti-social ones such as “hate”.
The new study also found that as “happy” music declined, so did the popularity of songs sung by men. Researchers found that the frequency of male singers in popular music has decreased in the last 30 years. (The Canadian Press)