80 Years of Popular Music

  • Sepehr Sobhani University of Mary Washington
  • Mark Snyder, Mentor University of Mary Washington
  • Theresa Steward University of Mary Washington


The music industry nets 15 billion dollars a year, and unlike many other industries, is largely immune to market fluctuations. If we are to believe that people vote with their money, the average American must value music enough to sacrifice other aspects of his/her life to avoid a decrease in spending on music. Music is also an expense that spans individuals across the economic spectrum. This makes research into pop music relevant to a majority of people. This paper will use recent advances in the availability of data on music to draw conclusions on how musical tastes change in the face of changing economic, political and social times.

May 1, 2017
How to Cite
SOBHANI, Sepehr; SNYDER, MENTOR, Mark; STEWARD, Theresa. 80 Years of Popular Music. Metamorphosis, [S.l.], may 2017. Available at: <https://metamorphosis.coplac.org/index.php/metamorphosis/article/view/18>. Date accessed: 20 june 2024.