As we can see, Bob Dylan was the most prolific in the 1960s and his song output decreased over the decades. However, in the 2000s, he made a comeback.


Unsurprising for a popular song writer, in general, but perhaps surprising for Bob Dylan, in particular, “love” is the most frequently used (non-stop) word in his lyrics.

Word Use Across the Decades

These results are perhaps the most interesting. Although “love” is the most commonly used word overall, “time” is the most frequently used word in Dylan’s lyrics in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and is in the top 8 during the 1990s and 2000s. (Although “time” is a very commonly-used word in general) In the 2010s, neither “love” nor “time” is in the top 8 and things get a bit dark.