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Old 04-30-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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"Baby"

Every time I hear this word I think "couldn't you find one more original?" I know I'm being sensitive since it always struck me as a strange term of endearment for an adult. It's only recently that I realized how many years and genres of music it crosses.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:48 AM   #2
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Basically like that Family Guy gag where Brian names off every song named after a woman.

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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I am going to guess the word "THE"

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:32 PM   #4
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"Baby"

Every time I hear this word I think "couldn't you find one more original?" I know I'm being sensitive since it always struck me as a strange term of endearment for an adult. It's only recently that I realized how many years and genres of music it crosses.
Haha, true.

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Basically like that Family Guy gag where Brian names off every song named after a woman.
Got a link for that? I want to see it.

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Got a link for that? I want to see it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErPsx8zdnX4

Amusingly, Stewie's song has the word "baby" in it.

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Amusingly, Stewie's song has the word "baby" in it.
AHAHAHAHAAHAHHAA!! That was awesome. Thanks

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Shorty. Thankfully my music tastes mean I avoid it usually but every time I'm listening to my roommates' music or my sister's I hear it constantly.

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Shorty. Thankfully my music tastes mean I avoid it usually but every time I'm listening to my roommates' music or my sister's I hear it constantly.
Yes I hate it when they use this word in a song.

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New study confirms that most hit songs are about the same things.

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It’s long been assumed, through a sneering appraisal of the charts, that a song’s lyrics must have little to no bearing on its popularity, unless they are the lyrics to “Baby Got Back,” or “Ms. New Booty,” or “Dance (Ass),” or generally anything about butts. However, a new study by a pair of researchers at North Carolina State University suggests that lyrics are an important factor in determining a song’s success—though, fortunately for most modern songwriters, only in the sense that certain themes have been found to be a constant in the most popular songs of all time. In other words, while the mere presence of butts might make your song popular, it’s what those butts are feeling that makes your song a hit. And as it turns out, most people like their butts sad.
The study, to be published in the Journal of Advertising Research, looked at the top artists from the past 60 years, breaking down by decade the major lyrical themes in the No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100. According to its findings, most of what we like to listen to is steeped in suffering: “Breakup” was the most consistently popular theme, while variations on regret, uncertainty, and longing only grew more intense as pop music aged. Sure, like your single aunt, it occasionally delved into self-help with songs about “aspiration” and “inspiration”—but that was just a cover-up. As you can see from the list, as it got older, pop music went from channeling its pain into rebellion to wallowing in pure desperation:
1960s: Nostalgia, Pain, Rebellion
1970s: Nostalgia, Rebellion, Jaded
1980s: Loss, Aspiration, Confusion
1990s: Loss, Inspiration, Escapism
2000s: Inspiration, Pain, Desperation
In addition to revealing that we should maybe be worried that pop music is going to up and kill itself, the study also suggests—with a proclaimed 73.4 percent accuracy—that the presence of any of the seven major lyrical themes can predict whether a song will make the Hot 100. Those themes are “loss, desire, aspiration, breakup, pain, inspiration, and nostalgia,” and right now, someone is surely attempting to synthesize them all into a single Rihanna song.
Finally, if reducing songs to a broad theme isn’t enough specious analysis for you of what makes a hit, the Journal also compiled a list narrowing them down to the “most influential words” in songs per decade.


Some takeaways: It’s been far too long since we’ve had a good “Female Name” ballad; we pretty much said everything there is to say about the “night” by the 1990s; somewhere along the way, we traded our “heart” for “*****;” and we just can’t stop singing about “quantity,” apparently—which we’ll just assume is shorthand for “quantity of butts.”
While you may have thought you were right, now you have statistical proof.

EDIT: By the way, by "quantity" I think they mean lyrics like "All of my love" "some of your love" "all night long" "all the girls" "all the boys" etc.

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