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How Boygenius Sparked the “Sad” Folk-Pop TikTok Movement


by Michelle Hyun Kim, Chartmetric, May 2, 2023


As the music industry evolves, so do the trends and genres that capture the public's attention. In recent years, there has been a rise in "sad girl" folk-pop, a genre that highlights the emotional depth and vulnerability of young female artists.


One group that has garnered attention in this genre is Boygenius, a supergroup composed of three talented female musicians: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. The article delves into their individual backgrounds and how they came together to create a powerful and introspective album that resonated with listeners.


“This feels like talking to ur bestie on the phone like damn bitch I can’t even listen to my favorite music anymore bc of this dumb mf,” goes on top comment on the viral clip, written by TikTok star Brittany Broski.


Listen to this trend on our exclusive nicomusic.com playlist, featuring Boygenius, Phoebe Bridgers, Lizzy McAlpine, Katherine Li, Lucy Blue, Nell Mescal, Nicole Han, who are all mentioned in this article, plus songs by Sabrina Carpenter, Delaney Bailey, Mitski, Searows, Lucy Dacus, and others, who fit this sub-genre.



The article also explores the ways in which sad girl folk-pop reflects larger societal trends, such as the increasing importance of mental health and the desire for authentic and relatable content. By emphasizing the personal experiences and struggles of these young artists, the genre provides a space for listeners to connect with and find solace in their own emotions.

Overall, the article provides a fascinating insight into the world of sad girl folk-pop and the ways in which it reflects the changing landscape of the music industry and society as a whole.


Read more on this topic in the long-read analysis by Chartmetric, on their website where it was initially published.


Top photo by Harrison Whitford

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