Simple Songs

billboardThe Friday file: In the 1960s, 8.8% of songs in the Billboard Hot 100 had a one word title. That jumped to 9.7% in the 70s, 11.1% in the 80s, 13.2% in the 90s, 19.9% in the 00s and 23.2% in the 10s. Since 1960, Drake is the artist with the shortest average number of words/song title at 2.47, followed by Taylor Swift at 2.48 and Justin Bieber at 2.53.

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  1. 10 of 11 titles in 1960’s but only 3 of 4 in 2010’s were >1 word. This & the series Bieber>Swift>Drake suggest a trend. Conciseness. A response to limited airtime, shallower topics, short audience attention span?

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