Today’s Song Lyrics Are Basically Basic And We Can Prove It

Ever wondered about the reading level of some of your favorite songs? Wonder no more. In a study conducted by Andrew Powell-Morse, it was revealed how the reading levels of our favorite songs have dropped over the past decade. Powell-Morse analyzed the reading levels for 225 songs that spent three or more weeks on Billboard’s Pop, Country, Rock and Hip Hop charts.

In 2005, the highest chart-topping songs were at a third and fourth grade reading level, now, 10 years later, that has declined. The reading level of a 2014 Billboard No. 1 single was between a second and third grade reading level. The results of the genres analyzed showed that Country music came out with the highest average reading level of 3.3, Pop music came in second at 2.9, Rock n’ Roll averaged the same at 2.9 and R&B/Hip Hop came in last with 2.6.

According to the data, artist-wise, Eminem’s lyrics are a grade and a half higher than Beyonce’s. Mariah Carey and Adele rank a full grade higher than Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. So, what does all this mean? I guess it depends if you care or not. I doubt fans of these artists care about the reading levels of their favorite songs and you can bet this will not affect music sales.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.