Study shows hip-hop has the most advanced vocabulary in music, EDM the least
Researchers at MusixMatch wanted to take a stab at finding out which genre of music is the most eloquent, and conducted a study several months ago. Narrowing down the vast expanse of music into eight popular genres, 51 artists from each were chosen via top Google searches. The most popular songs by each were then broken down into their word count and results calculated based on how many unique words appeared per every 10,000. Finally, Spotify follower results were added into the mix to determine whether or not there was a correlation between popularity and broadness of vocabulary.
The results were mildly surprising. Classified often as “ghetto” and “thug” music, hip-hop actually took home the prize for having the most advanced vocabulary, averaging 478 words and 94 new ones per song. It took third place for Spotify followers. Heavy metal was an upset winner for second place, yet ranked toward the bottom in terms of Spotify followers. Unsurprisingly, electronic music possessed the least advanced vocabulary of the eight categories since most productions are mainly instrumental. However, it carried the second-largest following on Spotify. Therefore, the study concluded that vocabulary and popularity carried no concrete correlation. Results can be viewed below: