Popular Music Lyrics Aren't Smarter Than Third-Grade Readers
A new analysis revealed your favorite songs most likely have lyrics written at a third grade reading level.By Ryan Biek | May 20, 2015
What was the last book you read during elementary school? It turns out that book might have a lot in common with your favorite songs.
A new analysis published on data blog SeatSmart says the average reading level of lyrics to Billboard's top-ranking songs has dropped steadily over the past 10 years — now below the third-grade level.
Country was named the smartest genre, though that's not saying much since its average reading level was barely above third grade. On the other hand, hip-hop had the lowest score at a grade level of 2.6.