Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lyric Data-Crunching Helped Determine the Most Metal Word in Existence


After a long analysis of over 200,000 songs, a working list of the 20 most metal songs has been generated by a data science blogger.

Initially, I thought ‘obsidian’ and ‘pain’ would definitely make the cut but unfortunately neither of these feature in the top 20. The following methodology was used by Degenerate State for this compilation. The overall of 222,623 songs were cross-referenced from 7364 rock and metal bands on the database called Dark Lyrics with the Brown Corpus. Brown Corpus is a collection of documents, which was published in 1961 and covered a range of different genres.

This savvy guy combined various statistics to show the frequency of words in both sources, which presumably led him to believe that he was able to determine the “metalness” of each word.

‘Burn’ came out top, joined in the list by its hell-themed cousins ‘flames’ and ‘ashes’, followed by ‘cries’ and ‘veins’. Unsurprisingly, ‘demons’ and ‘beast’ came higher than ‘gods’ and ‘pray’.

Here’s the top 20 in full:
1. Burn
2. Cries
3. Veins
4. Eternity
5. Breathe
6. Beast
7. Gonna
8. Demons
9. Ashes
10. Soul
11. Sorrow
12. Sword
13. Goodbye
14. Dreams
15. Gods
16. Pray
17. Reign
18. Tear
19. Flames
20. Scream


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