Where Is The Love?

May 5, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

While analyzing the words used in song titles Tyler Schnoebelen found love. More specifically, he found statistics about the frequency with which the word ‘love’ shows up in top Billboard songs:

  • In 1980 15.8% of top songs had some variation of the word ‘love’ in the title.
  • 1993 was also a good year for love when 13.8% mentioned love. Examples include Dreamlover and That’s the Way Love Goes.
  • More recently songs have become more lonely. In 2005 only 3.2% of songs were about love.
  • Between 2002 and 2006 11 songs with the word ‘hate’ in them made the top. In the past 120 years there have only been 30 chart-topping songs about hate.
  • In the past year things have gotten better. In 2012 5.8% of all songs were about love. Examples include Rihanna’s We Found Love, and Enrique Iglesias’ Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You).
  • Faith Hill’s The Way You Love Me has the record for longest at the top – staying there for 56 weeks. Taylor Swift’s Love Story isn’t far behind at 49 weeks.
  • Love might be declining in popularity because songwriters have become smarter. Songs about love only last for about 9.4 weeks at the top. Other songs generally go for 11.4 weeks.

Read more about the artists that sing most about love, the number of characters in titles with the word ‘love’ in them, and more of the top songs about love over here.

Source: idibon

Via: The Week