Bad Romance: A Quantitative Analysis on Love as Represented Across Popular Music Genres
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Unrealistic representations of love have rarely been studied across popular music genres. The lyrics of the top songs in five of the most popular genres (Country, Hip Hop/R&B, Pop, Rap, and Rock) during the periods of 1991-1995 and 2011-2015 were coded for specific love myths. The results of the study show that the overall average of love myths found in popular music genres remain consistent over time. More specifically, based on the amount of myths per song, there was an average of .7056 myths per song in the 1990s and an average of .7504 myths per song in the 2010s. However, there are significant changes in mythical content over time and genre. This research should serve as a foundation to further study the prevalence and influence of love myths of popular music throughout both time and genre.