Booze, drugs, and pop music: trends in substance portrayals in the billboard top 100-1968-2008.

@article{Christenson2012BoozeDA,
  title={Booze, drugs, and pop music: trends in substance portrayals in the billboard top 100-1968-2008.},
  author={Peter G. Christenson and Donald F. Roberts and Nicholas Bjork},
  journal={Substance use & misuse},
  year={2012},
  volume={47 2},
  pages={121-9}
}
This paper presents the results of a content analysis of alcohol and drug portrayals in the top 100 Billboard songs from each of the years 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008, thus allowing both a characterization of substance portrayals in music generally and an analysis of changes over time. Of the final sample of 496 songs, 10.3% contained a reference to alcohol and 5.7% contained a reference to drugs. A substantial increase was found over the decades, and in particular over the last two: in… CONTINUE READING

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