So This Is What Happened To Music During The Past 100 Years

From "sweetheart" to "f*ck," the changes are shocking.

With 2014 coming to an end, people and brands are looking back, trying to define the most prominent trends and events of the year. Well, this time we have something even more interesting.

David Taylor of Prooffreader crunched some interesting data from the Billboard top charts and came up with this amazing table that visualizes the most common words used in song titles from the 1890s to today.

"The inspiration for this post came from my being too lazy to set my iPod to shuffle, and then noticing it played a bunch of songs in a row from the 1930s and '40s that started with the letters "in". Naturally, being a data nerd, my first thought was to quantify the phenomenon," Taylor writes in his post.

Start by looking at the first segment, ranging from the 1890s to the 1950s.


Apparently, the 1940s and '50s were head over heels in love with Christmas. That kind of explains why all the best Christmas songs are oldies.

Another fun thing Taylor noticed is how the early performers included names of the genre in their titles: rag, blues, swing, boogie, polka, mambo. The trend continues up to 1980s.

"After that, people realized you don't have to actually name the genre in the song title, people can figure it out by listening. (N'Sync must not have gotten that memo for 2001's "Pop".)" Taylor writes.

However, the real shocker is still ahead.


Apparently, in a little more than 30 years we managed to go from "Don't Rock On Fire Love" (1980s) to "Hell Yeah We Fuck Die" (2010s).

But here's something to ponder about: the word "we" reappears in the list after two decades of "you" and "u." Positive change? Maybe. 

What do you think the trends will be next year? Share with us in the comments.

(H/T: Animal)

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