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Billboard Top 100 Lyric Analysis

Author: Rachel NachmanZach DeGrooteBenjamin Morris

1. Problem Statement, Objectives, and Motivation

Understanding how music influences society and/or simultaneously reflects societal values has been studied in a variety of ways (mostly qualitative) throughout modern history. Although qualitative approaches can yield a substantial amount of information, leveraging the power of data analytics could drastically enhance the quality of findings made in sociological contexts. Using the Billboard Top 100 as a proxy for what is classified as popular music, our group sought to develop a better understanding of how popular music has changed over time.

General Questions:
– Over time how has general sentiment changed in popular music?… Read more