The 20 Most Common Words in Song Lyrics


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You can’t stop yourself from singing.  You may not be very good at it, but you typically know all the words to your favorite songs.

There’s a reason why, after all these years, you’re still able to recite the Preamble to the Constitution, thanks to Saturday Morning TV.  Take some words, put them to music, and voila! Instant memory!

Reading Lyrics: More Than 1,000 of the Century's Finest Lyrics--a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters, and an Appreciation of an extraordinary, popular art form
Reading Lyrics: More Than 1,000 of the Century’s Finest Lyrics
a Celebration of Our Greatest Songwriters, a Rediscovery of Forgotten Masters,
and an Appreciation of an extraordinary, popular art form

But there are some words that pop up over and over again in song lyrics.

Especially if you look at the SONGS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS AT THE TOP OF THE BILLBOARDS HOT 100 LIST.

If you take all those songs, and all those lyrics, and plot them against one of those fancy vocabulary extractors, you’ll find that these are the TOP TWENTY WORDS FOUND IN LYRICS OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS:

  • Baby
  • Body
  • Boys
  • Foul
  • Girls
  • Happy
  • Heart
  • Home
  • I Love You
  • Kiss
  • Lonely
  • Love
  • Money
  • Rain
  • Sad
  • Sex
  • Sexy
  • Smile
  • We, Us
  • Weed