Shocking: Popular Music Mentions Booze, Sex

In a surprising new development, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh report that the modern “rock” and “rap” music popular with adolescents makes repeated references to alcohol, sex, and drugs. As this important new paper concludes:

One in five songs sampled from US popular music had explicit references to alcohol, and one-quarter of these mentioned a specific alcohol brand. These alcohol brand appearances are associated commonly with a luxury life-style characterized by wealth, sex, partying and other drugs.

I am frankly shocked. Clearly, we need to restrict our kids’ access to this corrosive new music. Instead, they should experience the wholesome, safe and healthy lifestyles promoted in the classic songs and music videos my generation grew up on. This one, for example:

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