Why Are Song Lyrics Becoming Simpler? A Time Series Analysis of Lyrical Complexity in Six Decades of American Popular Music

M. E. W. Varnum, et al

September 30, 2021

A major trend in popular music lyrics is that lyrics are becoming increasingly simple over time. The increasing lyrical simplicity is associated with increasing amounts of novel music production; that is, in times when more novel music is produced, popular songs become increasingly lyrically simple.

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