Saturday, February 4, 2017

List: the most metal word in existence

Via Reddit: 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

4 comments:

Lem said...

If I could tag, this post would have the people will think ChipA posted this.

Methadras said...

This is very relevant to my interests since I'm a metal head.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Most metal?

So there are supposed to be degrees of metalness?

And we're supposed to think about that?

Sounds academic.

Steg said...

What fun! Reading the article the songs write themselves:

The night pain death
of the hell blood,
Gonna burn my veins

This eternity of ashes
slashes
sorrow's sword of dreams

God's beast tears at my soul!

This was when my secretary indicated that it was time for my committee meeting.