In addition to proving the somewhat obvious point -- pop songs are often about sex? Why we never! -- the study tracked a few somewhat obvious trends. Country songs mostly referenced commitment, parenting, rejection, and fidelity assurance while R&B tunes were frequently about sex appeal, resources, sex acts, and status.
The researchers also looked back a few years to see if all this sexy talk is new -- it's not, and they found "the number of reproductive messages in top ranked popular songs has remained relatively stable over the past six decades," though saucy R&B songs have exploded since 1989.
Some of the tracks featured in the study include Drake's "Best I Ever Had," Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me," and Britney Spears' "Womanizer." Ah, 2009. The Amp took a look at the current Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 to see if the study's conclusions still hold. They do:
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger" = Do you like my sexy dancing?
Adele's "Someone Like You" = We used to be sexy together, but it's cool, I'm over it.
Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" = Sex-free!
LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" = This party is so freaking sexy.
Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" = Music is sexy.
Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars' "Lighters" = I will communicate my awesomeness using frequent slang terms for genitalia.
Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)" = Drinking is sexy!
Lady Gaga's "Yoü and I" = We are a sexy couple!
Cobra Starship featuring Sabi's "You Make Me Feel..." = La la la la la... sexy.
LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" = Please.
[Photo of sexy Drake: David Livingston/Getty Images]
- Lady Gaga