Infographic reveals most common word used in 2010’s top pop songs as… “OH”

Part of this blog is about creating our own infographics, which I’ve done previously. What I haven’t done yet though is produce a Wordle. The site allows the user to input any text and it automatically produces an infographic displaying the most common words used as the biggest.

I wanted to create a word cloud that would tell us something about the state of society today. What words do we use most often? What is the language of the zeightgeist? I decided the best way to do this was to dissect the world of pop music.

Every year, mash-up genius DJ Earworm creates mash-ups of the Top 25 US Billboard hits from that year. Here’s his 2010 mash-up featuring the likes of top artists such as Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Taio Cruz…

Awesome, right? But what words come up the most? For this is found each song on lyric database and copied each of the 25 songs into a Word document. When they were all copied in, I created the word cloud and customised it so that it was easily readable.

And… voila!

Wordle: 25 Top Songs of 2010 Lyrics in Words

The overwhelming most common word was “oh” and “love”, “like” and “baby” also featured prominently. A shock occurance was “imma” – most likely due to The Black Eyed Peas.

Also interestingly, it seems pop was catered to singing about men more than women in 2010 – “boy” was a tiny bit bigger than “girl” in the word cloud.

What do YOU think of the word cloud? Have YOU created any fun word clouds with Wordle? What doYOU think would make a good word cloud? Comment us below or get involved on Twitter – tweet us @InfographicsD

Song lyrics featured in the word cloud:

Ke$ha – Tik Tok
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Katy Perry – Featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
Usher Featuring – OMG
B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart
B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull – I Like It
Young Money Featuring Lloyd – Bedrock
Jason Derulo – In My Head
Rihanna – Rude Boy
Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce – Telephone
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
The Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
Jay-Z + Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Usher Featuring Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars – Billionaire
Eminem – Not Afraid
Iyaz – Replay


About andytweddle

Magazine Journalism MA student at City University London. Tweet me - @andytweddle
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3 Responses to Infographic reveals most common word used in 2010’s top pop songs as… “OH”

  1. Jemima says:

    This is great Andy. Very interesting. We have some wordclouds on our website too, check them out at

  2. andytweddle says:

    Thanks Jemima! We’ll be sure to check them out! Tweet us at @infographicsD with any new word clouds you come up with!

  3. Pingback: Words as Data: Lyrics - Loose Wire Media

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