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Here Are the Most Common Words Found in Modern Country Songs

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We all know country artists love to sing about small town glory, pickup trucks and heartbreak. But Vivid Seats took things a step further and broke down which individual words were used in country songs the most. Factoring in the lyrics of every country song that exists might have proved a complicated task. So, for this study, they used Wordle to analyze the most popular songs on Spotify for 18 of country’s best-selling acts.

These are the songs used to come up with their findings:

Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”
Garth Brooks – “Friends in Low Places”
Kenny Chesney – “American Kids”
Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem”
Shania Twain – “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
Zac Brown Band – “Chicken Fried”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Miranda Lambert – “Somethin’ Bad”
Tim McGraw – “Highway Don’t Care”
Keith Urban – “Cop Car”
Blake Shelton – “Boys ‘Round Here”
Brad Paisley – “Whiskey Lullaby”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Dierks Bentley – “Drunk on a Plane”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On”

The image below displays the words most commonly found in country songs. The larger the word appears, the more frequently it’s used. Some of them we can disregard based on the songs used in the study. For example, “blown” shows as being common due to Carrie Underwood’s song, “Blown Away,” being in the mix.

common words in country songs
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The words “oh” and “wanna” were used over 40 times each in the 18 songs. We know there are a wealth of country tunes about drinking, whether it’s to have fun or drown your sorrows. So the prominent usage of “beer,” drunk,” “bar” and “drinks” makes complete sense. Another recurrent thread of words are those associated with driving. “Cruise,” “road,” “highway,” truck,” “drive” and “ride” were all common. And of course, romantic relationships are highly represented with words like “love,” “baby,” “memory” and “kiss.”

What did we learn from these findings? The results may not be surprising, but do reaffirm the common themes and stereotypes of the country music genre.

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Here Are the Most Common Words Found in Modern Country Songs