Matt Knight

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Music from the 80s & 90s Make People Happier Says New Study

A new study shows that you will be even happier listening to music from the 80s & 90s than current music. It's science, therefore it has to be true. Benefits of Listening to This Music Research just published in the journal Scientific Reports shows that song lyrics have become angrier and more repetitive over the past four decades. Researchers analyzed the lyrics of 12,000 English-language songs released between 1980 and 2020. They found that there has been an increase in anger and negative emotions. One researcher said anger-related words may have become more common because “music reflects more general changes in society and culture.” On the other hand, researchers also found lyrics have become simpler and easier to understand, with more rhyming lines and more chorus. Personally, I take this to mean that although today’s songs may be “catchy,” the angrier lyrics might cause you to be a bit less joyful. For example, listen to songs like Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" or S.O.S. Band "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" and tell me that you can resist turning the volume up and singing along with lyrics such as: (Queen) Don't stop me now / I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball / Don't stop me now / If you wanna have a good time, just give me a call. (S.O.S. Band)You know you ought to slow down, you been working too hard and that's a fact / Sit back and relax a while, take some time to laugh and smile / Lay your heavy load down so we can stop and kick back / It seems we never take the time to do, all the things we want to. RELATED: A Night with Dave Stewart and Bryan Adams at Prudential Truth be told, when these songs come on in the studio I'm CRANKING the speakers up. I'll also take this time to remind you that we play all the best 70s, 80s & 90s tunes that will make you even happier than you are right now here on 100.1 WJRZ!

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