We’ve all been there: you’re blasting a favorite song, singing like no one’s listening, and it hits you. You don’t even know the words!  

Back in the day, you might have checked the inside sleeve of your vinyl and hoped the words were in the liner notes. But those times are past us. With the wonders of modern technology, just about every lyric ever committed to music is available right at our fingertips. Nowadays, a quick Google search is all you need to learn even the most obscure song lyrics, and as you might’ve guessed, Americans make a lot of these searches.  

If you’ve ever been curious about which lyrics get searched for the most, you’re in luck. Modern technology has also allowed some really smart people to analyze that search data and break it down by genre and geographical location. So without further ado: the most searched song lyrics in the U.S., 2019-2023.  

 

  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Punk:

    1. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads 
    2. American Idiot – Green Day 
    3. Basket Case – Green Day 
    4. Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash 
    5. Rock the Casbah – The Clash 
  • Top ten most searched song lyrics in the U.S.:

    1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 
    2. Hotel California – Eagles 
    3. Lose Yourself – Eminem 
    4. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 
    5. Jolene – Dolly Parton 
    6. American Pie – Don McLean 
    7. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys 
    8. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin 
    9. Love Story – Taylor Swift 
    10. Toxic – Britney Spears 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Country:

    1. Jolene – Dolly Parton 
    2. Love Story – Taylor Swift 
    3. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood 
    4. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band 
    5. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – EDM:

    1. Titanium – David Guetta 
    2. We Found Love – Rihanna 
    3. Closer – The Chainsmokers 
    4. Lean On – DJ Snake, Major Lazer, and MO 
    5. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Funk:

    1. Flash Light – Parliament 
    2. Brick House – The Commodores 
    3. Superstition – Stevie Wonder 
    4. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry 
    5. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Hip Hop/Rap:

    1. Lose Yourself – Eminem 
    2. Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.  
    3. Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 
    4. Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.  
    5. In Da Club – 50 Cent 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Indie:

    1. Breezeblocks – Alt-J 
    2. Chamber of Reflection – Mac Demarco 
    3. Motion Sickness – Phoebe Bridgers 
    4. Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes 
    5. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Metal:

    1. Enter Sandman – Metallica 
    2. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne 
    3. War Pigs – Black Sabbath 
    4. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin 
    5. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Pop:

    1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 
    2. I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys 
    3. Toxic – Britney Spears 
    4. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga 
    5. Uptown Funk 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – R&B:

    1. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child 
    2. Waterfalls – TLC 
    3. At Last – Etta James 
    4. Respect – Aretha Franklin 
    5. Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison 
  • Most searched song lyrics by genre – Rock:

    1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 
    2. Hotel California – Eagles 
    3. American Pie – Don McLean 
    4. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin 
    5. Back in Black – AC/DC 
  • Most searched song lyric by State:

    Delaware: Rebel Without a Pause – Public Enemy 

    Maryland: Yahyuppiyah – Justin99, Tony Durado and Uncle Wallfes  

    New Jersey: London Calling – The Clash 

    New York: London Calling – The Clash 

    Pennsylvania: London Calling – The Clash 

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