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The Musicians with the Largest Vocabularies

I’ve posted something similar on this topic before, but since I just came from a Rush concert featuring three hours of Neil Peart’s lyrics, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the subject. Which musicians have the largest vocabularies?

For the answers, we turn to MusicmixMatch:

Inspired by The largest vocabulary in hip hop, I wanted to do a similar analysis across a more generalised list of musicians. I stumbled across this List of best-selling music artists and decided to dig deeper. The list is large enough (99 musicians and 25 genres) for the analysis to be interesting and small enough to not require complicated analysis techniques. Combining this with data from theMusixmatch database leads to the following analysis.

To start with, these are the 93 musicians1 from that list sorted by genre

Continue reading here.  SPOILER: U2 is here. But so is Barry Manilow. Seriously. Barry Manilow.


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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