The evolution of pop music in last 30 years


Every half-decent news site covers pop music and its artists because that is what people want to read about. The world of the famous singers is something that regular people want to know about because that is something above them, something they can’t reach.

Studies that focus on mainstream music increased in number in the last decade due to the need to deliver exciting news about this industry. Writing about artists and their private lives are one thing, but not every pop music fan wants to read what their favorite singer ate that morning.

Quite a significant portion of people want to know about their stars and what they do, but not all of them want to read about that every single day. Some more critical articles must exist so they can give pop fans, and those that don’t listen to that music, some subjects and some info about the whole industry.

Happiness and sadness in pop music – How pop evolves

Pop has been a part of mainstream music since it appeared more than fifty years ago. It still plays an essential role in the mainstream. It stayed relevant through the continuous evolution of both the tune and the lyrics.


The study that took more than half a million songs released in the UK in last thirty years came up with some interesting facts that touch on the evolution of pop.

The first conclusion came from the categorization of songs by the mood they produce. It states that songs became sadder as the years passed. Happiness and brightness went down at the same pace at which the sadness went up. This doesn’t mean that all songs at the moment are sad, but the majority of them have lyrics that invoke the sense of sorrow.

The second classification took into account the overall tune of pop songs. The results point to the music changing to become more danceable. Lyrics can be either sad or happy, but the melody is always fast-paced, and that caters to the young audience.

Lyrics – Losing relevance in mainstream music

The last classification took a look into the evolution of words in pop music and its comparison with other emerging genres. The conclusion is that the words lost their importance in the music in the last decade or so. The catchiness of the tune is what attracts people to a song. This, however, is only restricted to pop and other mainstream music.