I would have appreciated more discussion of the Biblical source and less wild speculation, but this is still quite interesting.
Analysis of Billboard's Year-End Hot 100: Most Frequent Words, One-Hit Wonders, Marathon vs. Sprint Careers, and Lyrics Over Time. Part of the last discussion includes Most Characteristic Lyrics By Decade, which economically traces the decline of popular music.
That's a relief. For a moment there I thought maybe the Grand Ole' Opry was going to close up shop.
Beer-chugging bro country is so 5 years ago. People are writing real songs again.
An incomplete answer but a good try.
UPDATE: the article in the Southern Mississippi newspaper that I linked to seems now to be gone. Here's a Washington Post article on the same subject. (It may be the same article; I don't know.)
A special kind of vibrato.
Probably because I was never as big a fan of the Beatles--Kids, twenty years ago: Wait--you're telling me Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings? Today, they probably don't know about either--as many members of my generation I didn't know about this sad history.
As the most successful band in history, the Beatles generated not only a record number of music hits but probably more legal disputes than any other music group before or since. As the first international rock band brand in a still nascent music business – and guided by a neophyte personal manager – the Beatles became entangled in a distracting series of legal problems nearly from the start of their career.
Enya "is a 'recluse who lives alone by the sea'. . . but she's still got more money than Adele". (Admittedly, Enya has had a few years' head start on Adele.)
The first single from the new Paul Simon album, coming next Friday. I can live without the Liberal lyrics, but the music is quite fine.
I thought, CSN or CSN&Y? Simon & Garfunkel? I was close but they didn't make the top two. But the top two are worthy.