Andrew Powell-Morse, a scientist at Seatsmart, seems to think so.
Using a tool called the Readability Score, Powell-Morse plugged in various songs to find out which genres and artists use a wide vocabulary. In his results he found that Nickelback lyrics require a third-grade reading level, whereas Avenged Sevenfold’s lyrics are closer to a second-grade level.
He analyzed 225 song across various genres, all of which spent at least three weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
“The Canadian rock band everyone loves to hate managed to get the longest and most sophisticated lyrics in the rock category,” he says.