Kanye West & Eminem Reportedly Have A Larger Music Vocabulary Than Nirvana & The Beatles

Musixmatch, the world’s largest lyrics catalog recently put together a new, in-depth study regarding the largest vocabulary in all of music. Musixmatch analyzed data from 99 of the top selling musicians across 25 different genres to calculate the vocabulary size of those said musicians over the 100 (or less) of their lengthiest tracks.

The results were pretty remarkable as rappers make up four out of the top five. According to the study, Eminem, Tupac, Jay-Z and even Kanye West have a more extensive vocabulary within their songs then acts such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John and even the Beatles. In fact, the only non-rapper to grace the top five? Bob Dylan.

Noteworthy placements: Metallica (29th), The Rolling Stones (30th), Green Day (37th), Led Zeppelin (62nd) The Beatles (76th), Nirvana (83rd), AC/DC (87th)

West and Eminem also bested non rock artists such as Country stars George Strait and Garth Brooks, who come in at 54th and 27nd respectively.  The two also topped pop stars like Madonna (24th) & her modern-era dobbleganger, Lady Gaga (43rd).

You can view the full study above an it should be noted that Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Def Leppard, Journey, The Beach Boys and The Doors from the original list of 99 musicians don’t grant permission to Musixmatch to use their lyrics. Therefore, they couldn’t be included in the analysis. The website would also like to remind readers that “This analysis should not be interpreted as saying that one musician is better than the other, it is just another insight into the work of these amazing artists. It gives us a peek into the minds of different songwriters, some tear your heart with just a few words while others paint an intricate picture with a thousand words

  • http://Boom.com Boom

    Boom have best vocabulary out of all commenters on site. Boom speak the best words in the English and better then all of the rappers and the shit Beatles. Fuck the Beatles and rock the fuck out to the Stones.

    Boom out!!


    this is stupid. I guess the researchers never hear about “melody”. Of course rappers use more words, and that is only because hip hop music has no melody….or good taste.

  • fuck them

    eminem and kanye west Suck Compared to the fucking Beatles And Nirvana

  • GOODZ7777

    this article is fucking stupid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/coloursofone Miff Tuck

    Seems like a colossal waste of time, really, other than the fact that it’ll generate some clicks for them for ad revenue.
    Even if the rappers mentioned use a larger vocabulary, to me the weight of the lyrics is in the artist’s ability to convey an idea/feeling/message within the words they use, and also often in multiple interpretations that can be derived, which you could argue could be negatively impacted if the lyrics are too verbose. It’s easier to relate to a song with a more vague message than if there is absolutely no doubt what the writer is getting at.

  • FoxyHound

    And yet the Beatles are many, many, many times better.

  • dakotablue

    Jim Morrison was a good and eloquent poet, so I’m sure the Doors would’ve been on this list if Musixmatch had permission to use their lyrics.

  • Raj

    It’s quality over quantity, you don’t need a huge range of words to get your message across. The best artists make music that is timeless with simple chords and simple lyrics.

  • Bilbo

    I guess by this logic the Oxford dictionary is the best book ever written… Rappers can say anything because they are not limited by melody and the constraints of a verse, but the meaning is usually empty or of a very low taste.

  • Dave Id

    Spitting out rapid fire words does not mean it is better music. Personally, I prefer music with a little more substance than bad poetry.

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  • jsecula

    A fool could use a million words to make something sound good. But it takes a genius to use a minimal amount of words and make summering sound astounding.