Okay, so the lyrics to most rock and pop songs aren’t exactly Shakespeare. They’re not designed to be all scholarly and academic. But is it possible than things are being dumbed down even more?
According to a survey by Powell-Morse (as reported in Consequence of Sound), the average reading level of big #1 pop song in 2005 was between grade three and four. An analysis of songs from 2014 now place the reading level at around grade two.
If reading this story is too much, then just look at this picture (called a “graph”) that spells out everything nice and clearly.