My Analysis


My goal for this analysis is not to convince you that my favorite artist is objectively the best or that your favorite sub-genre is terrible. Instead, I will try to present interesting trends and tidbits that I discovered while creating this website. I hope that you can utilize this website to explore the data and reach your own conclusions about Country Music, whatever that may be.

Table of Contents

  • Overall Trends
  • Genres
  • Words
  • Women in Country
  • Artists

This section will cover some general trends and correlations I noticed while looking at the data. Each graph presented in this section will graph two different statistics versus each other to determine if there is a correlation between them. In every scatter plot, each dot represents a song, and the red line represents the trendline.

Uniqueness VS Diversity

Below is a graph of the uniqueness vs. the diversity of all of the songs in the database. The upward slope of the trendline shows a correlation between the uniqueness and diversity of a song. In General, the higher the uniqueness, the higher the diversity and vice versa. This is not too surprising because the less repetitive the song, the more unique words that will have to be used.

Popularity VS Stereotype

The rest of these graphs will have popularity represented on the x-axis. Below, the song's popularity is graphed vs. the song's stereotypicalness, where each dot represents a song. Here the trendline shows that, in general, the more popular the song, the more stereotypical the song. However, it is important to note that this correlation is not that strong because the trendline slope is relatively flat.

Popularity VS Diversity

In the graph below, the song's popularity is graphed vs. the song's diversity, where each dot represents a song. Here the trendline shows that, in general the more popular the song, the less lyrically diverse the song. In other words, popular songs are generally more repetitive.

Popularity VS Uniqueness

Below, the song's popularity is graphed vs. the song's uniqueness, where each dot represents a song. Here the trendline is almost flat, so the correlation is weak. That being said, more popular songs are slightly more likely to be less unique.


In this section, I will cover the genres with the most artists that have interesting characteristics. The genres are in no particular order. Keep in mind that there are 29 total genres.

All Artists (Average)

The All Artists genre is not really a genre. I created it to easily find the averages of the entire database to compare other genres. One thing I find interesting is that the All Artists genre is the 10th most stereotypical genre out of the 29 genres analyzed. This means that a majority of genres are below average in stereotypicalness.

Statistic Ranking
Popularity 9/29
Uniqueness 15/29
Diversity 17/29
Stereotype 10/29

Contemporary Country

Contemporary Country is the most popular genre, and 37 of the top 50 most popular artists belong to this genre. What I find interesting is that this genre follows the trends identified in the overall trends section. Contemporary Country ranks fairly low in both uniqueness and diversity but high in stereotypicalness. In fact, 31 of the top 50 least diverse artists belong to the Contemporary Country Genre and include big names like Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, and Dan + Shay.

Statistic Ranking
Popularity 1/29
Uniqueness 22/29
Diversity 24/29
Stereotype 4/29

Alternative Country

Alternative Country is aptly named because it is the statistical antithesis to Contemporary Country. It ranks exceptionally high in uniqueness and diversity and low in stereotypicalness. However, it is worth noting that Alternative Country comes in well below average in terms of popularity.

Statistic Ranking
Popularity 23/29
Uniqueness 2/29
Diversity 1/29
Stereotype 24/29

Country Rap

Country Rap is a mystifying genre from a statistical perspective. It breaks some of the trends identified in the previous section of my analysis and follows others. Despite being the most lyrically unique genre, it is one of the least diverse, breaking the trend. But in line with another trend, it is one of the most popular genres and one of the most stereotypical.

Statistic Ranking
Popularity 4/29
Uniqueness 1/29
Diversity 25/29
Stereotype 1/29


Here are some interesting trends I found in the word data.

Most Popular Types of Alcohol

Word Number of Uses
Beer 1835
Whiskey 1725
Wine 1035
Moonshine 270
Tequila 229
Champagne 173
Bourbon 143
Gin 101
Rum 98
Vodka 28

Most Popular Types of Drugs

Word Number of Uses
Cigarette 494
Weed 187
Pot 115
Cocaine 110

Most Popular Swear Words

Word Number of Uses
Hell 3104
Damn 2090
Shit 587
Ass/Asshole 557
Bitch 309
Fuck 220

Top 20 Most Mentioned States

Word Number of Uses
Texas 590
Tennessee 579
California 423
Georgia 320
Mississippi 311
New York 237
Alabama 168
Kentucky 148
Louisiana 124
Colorado 111
Oklahoma 111
Virginia 83
Arkansas 65
Kansas 62
Florida 58
Arizona 52
Ohio 52
Illinois 41
Montana 41
Indiana 30

Most Popular Days of the Week

Word Number of Uses
Friday 770
Sunday 661
Saturday 566
Monday 189
Tuesday 76
Wednesday 40
Thursday 33

Most Popular Family Members

Word Number of Uses
Father/Dad 1664
Mother/Mom 818
Brother 790
Sister 301
Grandfather/Grandpa 100
GrandMother/Grandma 91

**Past this point my analysis becomes much more subjective and is influenced by my own personal thoughts and opinions**

Women in Country

There are woefully few women in Country Music and even fewer when considering the most popular artists. Only 9 out of the top 50 most popular artists were women or women majority bands. So here is a list of my favorite female artists that are making great music.

Artists I wanna talk about

Here is a list of artists with some quality or characteristic that I found interesting (mostly). There is no particular order in which these artists are presented.

Tyler Childers

When 23 of the top 30 most popular artists on Spotify belong to the Contemporary Country genre, Tyler Childers stands out at fourth most popular. Whether you want to classify him as Indie or Americana or any other sub-genre, his musical style differs significantly from the other most popular artists. He is proof that you don't have to conform to the Nashville radio sound to be popular. You should definitely give him a listen if you haven't already.

Colter Wall

Colter Wall stands out to me, not just because of his incredible voice, but his unprecedented statistics. He ranks extremely high compared to other artists in terms of uniqueness and diversity at 12th and 32nd, respectively. These numbers back up what his avid fans already know about him: he is a great storyteller. One of my personal favorites is his murder ballad, Kate McCannon. I need to note that his Imaginary Appalachia album, released in 2015, somehow slipped through the cracks and did not make it into the database. In addition, he released another album, Western Swing and Waltzes, in 2020, and that also did not make it into the database because of the timing of which it was released.

Jason Hawk Harris

Jason Hawk Harris does not really have some quality or characteristic that stuck out to justify including in this list. I had a hard enough time narrowing it down to just 5 artists. Yet, he was the one artist that was a sure lock for this list. He has been my favorite artist for about the past year and a half. His popularity rating is absurdly low for the quality of music he is creating. It’s hard for me to pick one song of his to recommend, so you should listen to all of them.

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean has been a staple in the country music scene for more than a decade. He is tied for first place with Upchurch for the number of songs in the database with a whopping 91. He is the 27th most popular artist and the 31st least unique. Jason Aldean helped define country music during the early 2010s with his rocking "Bro-Country" style. My favorite song of his is My Kinda Party.

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson jumped out at me because of his high diversity (31st) and high popularity (35th). He is one of just 13 other artists in the top 50 most popular not to be classified as Contemporary Country. Grady Smith rightly called him one of the "Avengers of Independent Country Music."