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Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?
In 1977, the great computer scientist Donald Knuth published a paper called The Complexity of Songs, which is basically one long joke about the repetitive lyrics of newfangled music (example quote: "the advent of modern drugs has led to demands for still less memory, and the ultimate improvement of Theorem 1 has consequently just been announced").
I'm going to try to test this hypothesis with data. I'll be analyzing the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.
Measuring repetitiveness?
I know a repetitive song when I hear one, but translating that intuition into a number isn't easy. One thing we might try is looking at the number of unique words in a song, as a fraction of the total number of words. But this metric would call the following lyric excerpts equally repetitive...
pop_music  lyrics  analytics  music  data  visualization 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?
Colin Morris, writing for The Pudding:
In 1977, the great computer scientist Donald Knuth published a paper called The Complexity of Songs, which is basically one long joke about the repetitive lyrics of newfangled music (example quote: “the advent of modern drugs has led to demands for still less memory, and the ultimate improvement of Theorem 1 has consequently just been announced”).
I’m going to try to test this hypothesis with data. I’ll be analyzing the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.
Clever technique.
pop_music  lyrics  analytics  music  data  visualization  daring_fireball 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?
Analysis of the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.
compression  analysis  visualization  music  lyrics 
21 days ago by jntolva
Bewitched by Bewitched with Kelly on trumpet - A Head Full of Wishes
"Her sleep is troubled, her face will twich, she wakes up angry and I'm bewitched"
ahfow  lyrics  from twitter
27 days ago by grange85

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