- 1 in 3 songs portray substance use (33.3%)
>> 4 in 5 rap songs (77%)
>> 1 in 3 country songs (36%)
>> 1 in 5 R&B/hip-hop songs (20%)
>> 1 in 7 rock songs (14%)
>> 1 in 10 pop songs (9%)
- 1 in 25 songs have antiuse messages (4%)
- The average adolescent is exposed to approximately 84 references to explicit substance use daily in popular songs, and this exposure varies widely by musical genre.
Although the study did not analyze the frequency of sex and violence in popular music, 46% of substance use references were associated with sex, and 29% were associated with violence. This should come as no surprise to youth pastors. But it is surprising from the perspective that the average teenager hears 588 messages a week about substance use compared to one message a week from the youth group. A youth pastor better make his message count.