Data Stories: Analyzing Music and Movies
Collecting and analyzing data can provide a new view of many different industries. These articles quantify classic rock, Beatles songs, and talented actors.
- By Lindsay Stares
- January 25, 2017
Defining Classic Rock
If you listen to the radio, you probably know that what constitutes “classic rock” is a moving target. Did you know that stations employ taste surveys and extensive data to determine what they play? This article from FiveThirtyEight explaining the state of classic rock is from a few years back, but it’s unlikely that radio stations have become less data-driven in that time.
Comparing Chart-Topping Songs
This interactive infographic from Dueling Data compares the songwriting skills of the members of the Beatles. You can see how many of their most popular songs were written by each member of the band, what words each used most frequently, and who used the most unique words.
Acting in the Best Films
Movie recommendation provider Taste put together this list of actors who have consistently been in top-rated films by averaging ratings over a decade’s worth of movies. The next step after running an analysis like this might be to ask a follow-up question: do actors who only appear in well-received movies have good taste or good agents? How might you try and find out?
Lindsay Stares is a production editor at TDWI. You can contact her here.