Kanye Has a More Extensive Lyrical Vocab than Bob Dylan

Since our mandatory high school reads, we’ve always lusted after Shakespeare’s impressive lexicon (which boasted nearly 30,000 different words in his bibliography). Recently, a new study by Musixmatch has come out examining the vocabulary of 93 different artists ranging from 25 genres. The lyrical survey examined the total number of words each musician used, and how many of them were unique words that they had never used before. You’ll never believe who got the number one spot.

In what might be a surprise to some and an obvious duh to others, Eminem took the number one spot, using almost 9,000 unique words over 100 songs (remember that time he really casually broke the world record for words per minute rapped?). However, probably the most shocking to the rock elitists of the world is that Bob Dylan, the prolific 60s folk singer, only reached number five on the list, being beaten by the ‘Rap God’ himself, Jay-Z, Tupac and Kanye. Some other surprising data shows the three top selling musicians (The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson) all ranking quite low in their unique word usage.

The people over at Musixmatch want to you to know that this isn’t about proving one artist better than another as they state, “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.” We happen to hold the same opinion. As The Beatles once told us, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, life goes on bra.”

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