Lyrics are often central to the experience of listening to a song – lyrics help create compelling narratives, build imagery and can evoke powerful emotions in the audience. The choice of words by an artist can tell us about their cultural influences and formative experiences. At MusicGraph we are fascinated by the storytelling power of lyrics in music and we use data analytics tools and algorithms to research various aspects of lyrics including – word types and their frequency, word associations, topic extraction and sentiment analysis.
As a simple exercise we looked at Billboard’s editorial list of top 50 artists for each state and ran a clustering algorithm on lyrics of each artist to find frequently occurring words used by each artist across their entire discography. Our editorial team and designers then picked out a few words for each state and created a fun little infographic – A lyrical map of the United States. Click on the image above to see a larger version.
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