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The Decline Of Love In Country Music

Country music has been under a lot of criticism recently for becoming too similar to itself and too oriented around cookie cutter themes (which it has always been accused of but even more so recently). Popular country music almost always contains one of a couple central themes, including drinking, country life and any sort of terms that refer to a woman. So we thought it would be a good time to look at some common country themes and how often they appear in each song. For this experiment, we took 10 chart topping songs from each year at random between 1990 and 2015 and counted up all of certain word themes. Here's what we found out:

The word 'love' is appearing less and less over the years and is being replaced by the words 'girl' and 'baby'.

 

 

Here's a listing of all major themes, as you can see love was a dominant theme but now the words 'baby' and 'girl' are used more often. Other words appear irregularly, like guns, bar, redneck and truck. 

2014 was a great year for beer enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

Here's the full data:

Year Drink'n (Drinkin or Drinking) Beer Bar Girl T-shirt (or tshirt or t-shirts) Baby Tractor Gun or Guns Truck redneck (red-neck) Love Dog Church High Momma
1990 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 46 0 0 10 0
1991 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 17 2 0 1 11
1992 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 1 0 0
1993 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0
1994 0 0 0 6 0 8 0 0 0 0 29 0 0 1 0
1995 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 9 0 19 0 0 0 1
1996 0 0 1 2 0 15 0 0 0 0 44 0 0 1 6
1997 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 1 0 24 0 0 1 0
1998 0 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 1 0 29 0 1 0 0
1999 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 1 1
2000 0 0 0 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 38 0 1 3 0
2001 0 1 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 5
2002 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 17 0 2 1 0
2003 0 1 0 6 0 5 0 1 1 0 15 0 0 1 3
2004 1 2 1 3 0 8 0 0 0 9 6 0 0 4 1
2005 0 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 1 0 20 0 1 1 1
2006 0 0 0 7 0 16 0 .. 0 0 10 1 0 0 1
2007 0 6 5 2 0 4 0 0 4 1 14 0 1 5 3
2008 0 0 0 14 0 7 0 2 1 0 6 2 2 1 9
2009 0 1 0 7 .. 6 0 0 2 0 13 0 0 3 10
2010 0 0 1 4 4 11 0 0 2 0 8 0 1 1 1
2011 1 0 0 6 0 18 0 0 5 0 10 0 0 3 6
2012 0 0 0 14 0 8 0 0 4 0 28 2 0 5 1
2013 0 1 0 9 0 16 0 0 2 0 11 0 0 2 0
2014 1 8 1 28 0 21 0 2 5 0 12 1 0 5 4
2015 6 0 1 16 3 18 0 0 6 0 10 0 0 1 0