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Paper-thin writers! The Beatles have one of the smallest vocabularies in pop music

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Beatles have one of the smallest vocabularies in pop music according to a new poll analysing song lyrics. The Fab Four used just 688 words in their first three albums compared to 1890 used by Elvis Costello and 1748 by David Bowie.

'Love' really is all they needed though, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney using the word 151 times - the most for any artists in the poll. The poll showed bands in Wales had the biggest vocabulary, using an average of 1316 different words across their first three albums with The Manic Street Preachers displaying the greatest lyrical prowess by using 2056 unique words, the largest number for any band in the poll. Britpop bands liked to keep it simple, with acts that started their careers in the 1990s using an average of 31.6 unique words per song, down from the 37 that were used by bands in the 1970s and the 1980s.

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Source: Liverpool Echo

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