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How Dumb Are YOUR Song Lyrics?

Studying the dumbness of popular music

When someone says “literate songwriting,” I think of Lauren Hill, Nas, Tupac, Eminem, Kanye West.

But let’s think about it more… literally, as songwriting that requires the listener to have some level of reading proficiency.

If we printed out the lyrics for 225 recent #1 songs onBillboard‘s Pop, Country, Rock, and Hip Hop charts, we’d see that the “texts” of modern popular songs now average between a 2nd and 3rd grade reading level — which is down from a 3rd-4th grade level a decade ago. Read More