Scientists Think Pop Music is More Depressing Now -- So We Double Checked
Good start, pop boffins! "I Got You Babe" is is one of the feel good hits of the last century! This is the sweet, unadulterated sound of young love and unwavering optimism. The only remotely depressing thing here is Sonny Bono's helmet hair. Next!
1975: "Get Down Tonight," KC & The Sunshine Band
Well, this is most definitely going in the wrong direction. Decidedly undepressing in all its unerring perkiness and sequined glory, "Get Down Tonight" is most definitely not a bummer. Who doesn't like doing a little dance and making a little love, for crying out loud? If there is a song that sounds like doing coke in Studio 54, this is it. That might be a little depressing for some people... but only a little.
1985: "The Power of Love," Huey Lewis & The News
Woah! If this had been any of the other "Power of Love"s -- Frankie Goes to Hollywood's, Jennifer Rush's, Celine Dion's -- we'd definitely be getting on the depression tip. But no. It's the triumphant pop behemoth and Back to the Future soundtracker from Huey Lewis & the News. Fact: No one is sad when listening to Huey Lewis and thinking of Michael J Fox in his prime. Next!