The Lyrics From Today's Popular Songs Are At A 3rd-Grade Reading Level
It's no surprise the lyrics of top-charting songs aren't particularly complex.
But, it may surprise you to find out just how simplistic these lyrics actually are.
Over the past 10 years, the reading levels of popular songs decreased dramatically.
In 2005, the reading level of these hit tracks was a full grade higher than it is now.
The study looked at over 225 songs in genres ranging from country, pop, rock and hip-hop.
Country, as an entire genre, had the highest reading level with a 3.3. And hip-hop had the lowest reading level with an astonishing 2.6.
Also of note, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" was the most advanced of the songs studied whereas Three Day Grace's "The Good Life" was the least complex.