Quantitative Sentiment Analysis of Lyrics in Popular Music

  title={Quantitative Sentiment Analysis of Lyrics in Popular Music},
  author={Kathryn Napier and Lior Shamir},
  journal={Journal of Popular Music Studies},
Popular music has been changing significantly over the years, revealing clear, audible differences when compared with songs written in other eras. A pop music composition is normally made of two parts—the tune and the lyrics. Here we use a digital humanities and data science approach to examine how lyrics changed between the 1950’s and the more recent years, and apply quantitative analysis to measure these changes. To identify possible differences, we analyzed the sentiments expressed in the… 

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