BYU study: Sexualized song lyrics increasing dramatically

Lyrics that push sexualization have skyrocketed, particularly in the last 20 years, according to a BYU analysis of Billboard Top 100 hits stretching back a half century. And for those concerned with adolescent sexual health and behavior, that could mean stormy days ahead.

The researchers said they'd expected to find a steady increase in sexualized lyrics when they examined songs from the last year of each decade. Instead, according to Cougar Hall, lead author and associate professor of health sciences at Brigham Young University. Starting in 1999, it "skyrocketed."

"We were not surprised that there was an overall increase from 1959 to 2009," said co-author Joshua H. West, assistant professor of health sciences, "but we suspected that the increase would have been more gradual over the decades and not just from 1999 to 2009.

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