Study Claims Country Music Contains More Drug References Than Any Other Genre
A new study claims that the country music genre is home to more drug references than any other.
The research, conducted by data scientists at Addictions.com, found that, out of music from all genres, country songs were the most likely to bring up the recreational use of drugs. According to the study’s findings, out of the eight studied genres — country, jazz, pop, electronic, rock, folk, rap and other — country songs contain the highest average occurrence (1.6 percent) of drug references.
Considering that country music is home to songs such as Toby Keith’s “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again” and Ashley Monroe’s “Weed Instead of Roses,” it shouldn’t be surprising that the drug most frequently mentioned in country songs is marijuana. Addictions.com’s published research doesn’t call out any country artists as frequent offenders, and it’s unclear whether or not the data takes into account more subtle references to drug use, such as Eric Church’s “Smoke a Little Smoke.”
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