If you think today’s pop music is insipid or formulaic you now have scientific research to support your outrage

From Digital Music News:

If you’re one of the many who feels that today’s pop music is insipid or formulaic, you now have scientific research to support your outrage. A group of researchers at the Spanish National Research Council analyzed half a million songs from the past half-century. What they discovered was an overall decline in the variety of content, both sonically and musically. The report states, “After peaking in the 1960s, timbral variety has been in steady decline to the present day”. In addition, the ‘pitch content’ has narrowed, which translates to more recycled chord progressions and melodies. The scientists also discovered, as you may have already heard, that pop music has steadily gotten louder and louder over the years. Check out the actual report here