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Which Genre of Music Mentions Drugs the LEAST? (Nope. You’re Wrong.)

Exclaim! points us to a new study from that tracked drug mentions in music. Using data from and after examining the lyrics of a staggering 1.41 million songs, they uncovered a fascinating and totally unexpected fact.

Broken down by genre, the most drug references are heard in country music. Rap has the fewest, even fewer than folk music. There are exceptions (“Cypress Hill! I’m looking at yooouuuuu!”) but overall, anyone who things that rappers pushing drugs in their music is dead wrong.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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