A new computer analysis of hit song lyrics from 1980 to 2007 reflects the same rise in narcissism and vanity in the current generation that shows up in personality tests. For instance, 80’s hits were often about getting along with others like “Ebony and Ivory” and “Celebrate”. Today’s lyrics are often about how great the singer is, like Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Bringing Sexy Back” and Fergie’s “My Lovely Lady Humps”.
- … wasn’t that Bill Clinton’s campaign song?
Likewise, relationship songs have taken a negative turn: We’ve gone from Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross’s duet “Endless Love” to rapper Cee-Lo Green’s “F—- You”. One psychologist said a good way for young people to recognize and avoid narcissism is that if Charlie Sheen says something a lot, it’s probably not a good value to adopt.
- They only went back to songs from the 80’s. What would they have to say about 70’s music and vanity… like Chuck Berry’s 1972 #1 hit “My Ding-a-Ling”?