Kanye West has a larger vocabulary than Bob Dylan, according to study

Eminem, Jay Z and Tupac found to be the top rap wordsmiths

A new study has looked at the vocabulary used by top recording artists, finding Eminem to have the largest vocabulary and showing Kanye West to have more lyrical diversity than Bob Dylan.

A new report by song analysts Musixmatch examined the 99 top-selling artists across 25 different genres, looking at each musician’s 100 densest songs and recording how many different words were used.

The results found that Eminem came out on top with 8,818 words used, while fellow rappers Jay-Z (6,899 words) and 2Pac (6,596 words) finished as runners-up.

Kanye West (5,069 words) came in fourth place, ahead of Dylan (4,883) in fifth. The Black Eyed Peas (4,539 words) are perhaps a surprise at sixth spot, with Celion Dion positioned in tenth place with 3,954 words.

Other notable positions include Prince at Number 11, Pink Floyd at Number 18, Taylor Swift at Number 40 and The Beatles all the way down at Number 76.

See the full study here.


A statement from Musixmatch reads: “This analysis should not be interpreted as saying that one musician is better than the other, it is just another insight into the work of these amazing artists.”

“It gives us a peek into the minds of different songwriters, some tear your heart with just a few words while others paint an intricate picture with a thousand words.”

The study follows another last year that investigated the biggest vocabulary in hip-hop, seeing Aesop Rock coming out on top.