Most Country Songs Are at Third-Grade Reading Level, New Study Finds

This study tries to analyze if most country music songs are smarter than a fifth-grader.

Sometimes the simplest melody and lyrics can create a great song, but just how smart are country songs compared to other genres?

Powell-Morse analyzed 225 songs from four different music genres by using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test. The test analyzes the amount of words and syllables in each song and ranks them numerically. The resulting number corresponds to the average grade school reading level.

The study concluded that country music had the highest reading level of the genres studied, which means that your average third-grader can read and understand the lyrics. On the scale, country had a reading level average of 3.3, while pop and rock had 2.9, and R&B and hip-hop had 2.6. In simple terms, that means that all of the other genres ranked in a second-grade reading level.

Country songs are much less likely to include words like "oh," or "yeah," repeated over and over again. Each time those words are used, they are counted as a lyric which played a large role in the data analysis. Songs in the country genre are also more likely to feature words with a lot of syllables, like "cigarettes" or state names like "Louisiana."


The most intelligent single of the past 10 years across all genres, according to the study's specific measurements, was Blake Shelton's "All About Tonight." The song came in with a 5.9 reading level ranking, which puts it at almost a sixth-grade reading level.

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Most Country Songs Are at Third-Grade Reading Level, New Study Finds