Zeitgeist-Language in Pop-Charts, 1890-2014


David Taylor hat die populärsten Wörter in den Dekaden des vergangenen Jahrhunderts in Songtiteln der Billboard-Charts visualisiert. Ich liebe, dass die Leute von 1890-1920 tatsächlich ziemlich oft „Old“ Kram gesungen haben und dass der Satz „Hell Yeah, We Die, Fuck!“ die Top5 der beliebtesten Wörter in den Charts der 2010er Jahre darstellt. Nice!

Observations about the results:

- The 2010s seem both more vulgar ("hell" and "fuck") and more inclusive ("we" instead of the "you", "ya" and "u" of the 1990s and 2000s).

- The 1990s and 2000s were the decades of neologisms, with "U", "Ya" and "Thang". "U" was so popular it occurred twice (but see the note on decade-binning on prooffreaderplus.)

- Fun! Lots of the decades can be made into intelligible five-word sentences. For example: "Hell Yeah, We Die, Fuck!" (2010s). "Ya Breathe It Like U" (2000s), "You Get Up, U Thang" (1990s), "Don't Rock On Fire, Love" (1980s), "Sing, Moon, In A Swing" (1930s)
As anyone who listens to the radio in December knows, all the Christmas songs are oldies, and that shows in the results for the 1950s, with "Christmas" and "Red-nosed".

- You can track genres with the keywords: "Rag" (1910s), "Blues" (1920s), "Swing" (1930s), "Boogie", "Polka" (1940s), "Mambo" (1950s), "Twist" (1960s), "Disco" (1970s), "Rock" (1970s and 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".)

Poofreader: Most decade-specific words in Billboard popular song titles, 1890-2014, Most popular songs containing most decade-specific words in Billboard's popular music charts (via Waxy)