If you’ve turned on a commercial radio station in the past couple of years you would be well aware of the fact that pop music is getting stupider and the celebrities who create this music are also getting stupider.
I’ve been known to occasionally have a rant about certain so-called “artists” who make piss-poor music. Kesha, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Avril Lavigne have all been in the firing line recently for their crimes against music. Then there is the atrocity of that whip and nae nae song by Silento which will literally make your ears bleed if listened to for more than 5 seconds. Don’t even get me started on LMFAO who seem to only release songs around the premise of ‘party rocking’ whilst jumping around wearing stupid sunglasses and clothes that look like a rainbow has thrown up over them.
Call me boring, or out of touch, or whatever else you want, but a recent study on lyric intelligence in popular music seems to have proven that I’m not just some crazy asshole ranting about the music that “those damn kids are listening to.” Instead, unbelievably, there might actually be some sense in what I’ve been saying.
The study claims that recent song lyrics are both incredibly bad and have been getting worse over time. This has now been proven by real, hard-hitting facts and science not just the crazy ramblings I’ve made up in my head. You could even go so far as to suggest that pop music is completely void of any intellect whatsoever.
The study looked at the past 10 years and took in 225 Billboard songs across pop, country, hip-hop and rock genres which had spent more than 3 weeks at number 1. They then analyzed the lyrics. Ten years ago, the most popular songs read between a third and fourth grade level. Over the course of the past ten years (2005-2015) this has dropped to a second grade level.
Now this next part may not come as much of a surprise to many people, Ke$ha’s songs scored lowest at an average grade level of 1.50. I think my deep analysis of her music over here makes it pretty obvious. What may come as a surprise though, is that thoroughly uncreative rock band Nickelback scored the highest of all, at an average 3.3 grade level. I know right.
Sure, a bit of mindless distraction is fine, and not all music is supposed to be deep and meaningful. That said, it’s getting to the point where you can’t escape from it. A large majority of radio stations are running the same playlists and every time you turn on the TV you hear the same mindless songs about the same old shit.
The people making this music seem to think that society is only interested in entertainment, materialism and living in the moment; a moment full of money, girls, drugs, fame, partying, drinking… and thats about it. It’s getting a bit tedious.
It’s just copy and paste music created to make a quick buck. “Artists” pay producers and ghost writers to come up with something that will be popular. These producers then put together a quick throwaway song with zero substance, radio stations play it because they are
bribed told that it’s popular by the record company marketing people, then you listen to it because you are told it’s popular by the radio stations who thrash it out 24/7.
I dread to think about what will happen to music in the next 10 years if this trend continues.