We measured pop music’s falsetto obsession

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    From Justin Timberlake to the Bee Gees, we charted the popularity of men singing high.
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    It’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a male artist singing really high. Likely he’s a tenor, and more often than not he’ll sing in falsetto. Think Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Drake, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Adam Levine, Sam Smith ... the list goes on and on and on.

    This isn’t a trend — it has been the status quo for decades.

    Using the data diving know-how of The Pudding, and drawing on the expertise of Anthony Roth Costanzo, a professional opera singer, I dig into the world of the high male vocal range by tracking how pervasive it really is across the decades.

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    The articles referenced in the video can be found here:
    The Evolution of the Male Falsetto: https://frieze.com/article/evolution-...

    What does it mean when The Weeknd hits a high note: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...

    Active Child, Prince, and the Science of the Male Falsetto: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/794-ac...

    Why Are There So Many Tough Guys Who Sound Like Ladies On The Radio?: https://www.npr.org/2016/02/15/466404...

    Here's a Spotify list of 65+ songs that have some pretty fun falsetto moments: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0nU...

    And here’s the same Pandora playlist: https://www.pandora.com/playlist/PL:1...

    And a list of all of the songs featured in this video by timestamp:
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+04);return false;">1:04 - Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+09);return false;">1:09 - Sugar - Maroon 5
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+18);return false;">1:18 - Sorry - Justin Bieber
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+30);return false;">1:30 - Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+32);return false;">1:32 - What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+36);return false;">1:36 - The Hills - The Weeknd
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(1*60+42);return false;">1:42 - Hello - Adele
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(3*60+33);return false;">3:33 - Sleep, Baby, Sleep - George P Watson
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(3*60+47);return false;">3:47 - Ill Wind - Radiohead
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(5*60+37);return false;">5:37 - Redbone - Childish Gambino
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(6*60+10);return false;">6:10 - Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(7*60+10);return false;">7:10 - Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(7*60+21);return false;">7:21 - Crocodile Rock - Elton John
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(8*60+23);return false;">8:23 - Killer Queen - Queen
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(8*60+55);return false;">8:55 - I Knew I loved You - Savage Garden
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(9*60+28);return false;">9:28 - Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(9*60+50);return false;">9:50 - Falsetto - The-Dream
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(10*60+17);return false;">10:17 - Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(11*60+52);return false;">11:52 - Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(11*60+55);return false;">11:55 - Two Hearts - Phil Collins
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(12*60+01);return false;">12:01 - Rocket 2 U - The Jets
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(12*60+19);return false;">12:19 - Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(12*60+28);return false;">12:28 - Nite and Day - Al B. Sure
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(12*60+33);return false;">12:33 - You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(14*60+33);return false;">14:33- Me And Those Dreaming Eyes of Mine - D’Angelo
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(14*60+44);return false;">14:44 - So In Love - Curtis Mayfield
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(15*60+38);return false;">15:38 - Sherry - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(15*60+48);return false;">15:48 - Natural - Bloodstone
    #" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo(16*60+00);return false;">16:00 - Starboy - The Weeknd

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