November 14, 2016
Makeover Monday: The Words of the Top 100 Songs of All-TimeMakeover Monday, we take a look at this Viz of the Day by Chris Love of the lyrics of the top 100 songs of all-time.
What works well?
- Simple title
- Good references
What doesn't work well?
- Treemaps are generally a poor choice for showing the distribution of the words
- Way too many colors
- It's impossible to make any sense of the words and see any patterns
I know Chris knows better, so I can only assume he was experimenting when he created this. Have a look at this Tableau Public profile and you'll see this is quite out of the ordinary for Chris, especially since he's a massive believer in keeping it simple (KISS).
I played with the data for a bit and noticed that many stop words were included. This led me to doing a quick analysis of stop words versus non-stop words. Given the time constraint, I didn't create anything too fancy. I merely wanted to know frequencies of words and the artists that use them.