wiz khalifa sings about what?
September 2, 2014 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Is there an online resource that reports on lyrical content for popular music?

I'm looking for a website that reports statistics like "98% of Jimmy Buffett songs contain a reference to alcohol", or "74% of Taylor Swift songs are about breakups". I'm really looking for a data driven, lyrical analysis of the content of what topics the audience is likely to encounter for a given artist.

I'm not interested in RIAA- or "Common Sense"- type websites that have political or social motives.
posted by grateful to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
RapGenius does this. Here's their entry for Wiz.
posted by dfriedman at 9:06 AM on September 2, 2014

Is there a content breakdown on that page that I'm missing? This is the sort of thing that would never cross my mind to want, but if it actually exists I'm totally curious now.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 9:35 AM on September 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

@dfriedman - good site, but not exactly what I'm looking for. I was hoping for a layer of analysis on top of a straight reprint of the lyrics.
posted by grateful at 11:06 AM on September 2, 2014

With respect to the rap genius site, in case you didn't notice (can't tell from your reply grateful), if you click on the lyrics for a song, there is a (sometimes very) detailed explanation of the lyrics that pops up. If you already knew that though, sorry to be obvious! I use it all the time!
posted by PinkPoodle at 12:29 PM on September 2, 2014

Oh that's cool! But rather than individual songs, I'm looking for lyrical trends by artist. Based on their lyrics, what topics characterize certain artists?
posted by grateful at 2:16 PM on September 2, 2014

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