The really long-winded Slim Shady

Eminem tops list of best-selling artists who have used the most words in their songs 

  • The rapper beat lyrical wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan as wordiest artist
  • Eminem used 8,818 words in 100 longest songs with a new word every 11th
  • Revered songwriter Dylan used around half of with 4,883 words in total
  • Rappers dominated the top of the chart with Jay Z and 2PAc in 2nd and 3rd

He’s known for his violent lyrics and bad behaviour but Eminem he’s also got a less expected talent as well- an impressive vocabulary.

The rapper beat lyrical wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan to top the list of best-selling artists with the greatest number of different words in his songs.

He used an incredible 8,818 unique words in his 100 longest songs – with each 11th word one that had not been used before in that song. Slim Shady also has the highest word-per-song ratio of 1018.5.

The rapper beat lyrical wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan to top the list of best-selling artists using the most different words in his songs

The rapper beat lyrical wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan to top the list of best-selling artists with the greatest number of different words in his songs

Eminem (left)  beat lyrical wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan (right) to top the list of best-selling artists using the most different words in his songs

Yet Dylan, who is long revered his songwriting ability, used around half of Eminem’s vocabulary with 4,883 words in total – putting him in fifth place for artists with the biggest and most creative vocabularies.

Rappers dominated the top of the chart with Jay-Z and 2Pac cramming in 6,899 and 6,596 respectively. The self-proclaimed ‘greatest living rock star on the planet’ Kanye West followed in fourth with 5,069 words.

While pop singers, often known for their use of repetitive and simple lyrics, trailed down the list with the Spice Girls named as the group with one of the poorest vocabulary across their songs – 1,497 words.

The Spice Girls named as the group with the poorest song vocabulary out of the 99 best selling artists

The Spice Girls named as the group with the poorest song vocabulary out of the 99 best selling artists

Song analysts Musixmatch compiled the list after studying the 99 best-selling artists from 25 genres to see who were the wordiest 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,’ the company’s statement read.

But the analysts stressed that musicians using more words in their songs did not mean they were any better than those at the bottom of the chart.

The three top selling musicians of all time rank low in the vocabulary chart.

TOP TEN WORDIEST ARTISTS

1 Eminem                                    8,818 words

2 Jay Z                                         6,899 words

3 2Pac                                         6,596 words

4 Kanye West                              5,069 words

5 Bob Dylan                                 4,883 words

6 The Black Eyed Peas               4,539 words

7 Julio Iglesias                             4,323 words

8 Andrea Bocelli                          4,306 words

9 B’z                                             3,959 words

10 Celine Dion                              3,954 words

The Beatles were the best selling artists on the list but were rated just 76th for vocabulary, while Elvis – in second place in terms of record sales, was in 38th place, followed by Michael Jackson, 42nd , hinting that perhaps, in pop at least, simplicity may be the secret to success.

Celine Dion was a surprise entry in the top ten for wordiest artists, coming in tenth with 3,954 words.

Varun Jewalikar, who organised the study, said: ‘I had not expected a pop sensation like her to rank high since they rely on simplicity to get their message across.

‘It lays bare my ignorance of her music. Also she is the only one who ranks in the top 15 by vocabulary size as well as the total certified album sales.’

Gloria Estefan, Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams all feature in the top 40.

Saxophonist Kenny G had the official lowest with the number of unique words in the treble digits, 809.

The average vocabulary size across all the musicians is 2,677 words with around of the best sellers having a vocabulary size within 400 words of the average.

Across the genres, rap was way ahead of the other genres with an average word count of well over 5,000.

Folk came in second and Latin in third while pop was ranked down at 11th place for vocabulary.

At the other end of the list, and perhaps unsurprisingly, smooth jazz was rated as having the least words while teen pop and country pop were also at the bottom of the chart.

Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Def Leppard, Journey, The Beach Boys and The Doors did not grant Musixmatch permission to use their lyrics so could not be included in the report.

Also in the Top 10 are 1990s Japanese duo B’z.

 

 

Source : Daily Mail

 

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