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Pop Is Getting Sadder

Now more than ever, everybody hurts. New research proves pop music is on the downturn, emotionally speaking.

This article is from Issue 62: March/April 2013

Well, here’s some glum news. Researchers at the University of Toronto have put their genius heads together and listened to a thousand pop songs recorded between 1965 and 2009 to confirm what each generation of mopey teenagers since the ’60s has known in their fragile little hearts to be true: Pop music is getting sadder.

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