Makeover Monday: How Repetitive are the Top 100 Songs of All Time?

11/15/2016 Matt Chambers 2 Comments

For this Makeover Monday, I wanted to be able to show the songs with the most repetition as well as where the repetition falls within each song.

I calculated the percent of unique lyrics (unique lyrics/total lyrics), and then sorted the songs by this metric. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley is the most repetitive song in the list given that only 13.6% of the lyrics are unique. Once I had sorted the songs, I wanted to show where within each song the lyrics were repeated.

To do this, I came up with the Lyric Appearance Ratio. This is a metric I created to quantify how repetitive a lyric is within a song. It is the unique count of each word within a song divided by the total number of unique words within a song.

For example, the word "you" appears in the song "Hound Dog" 25 times and there are 31 unique words. This is a ratio of .81, which is highly repetitive.


  1. This is an interesting data. Old is gold, People still like to listen old songs as they were much more melodious and soothing than today's music and songs.

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