Which alcohol brands are most commonly mentioned in song lyrics?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 30, 2013 

Blame it on the alcohol?

Patrón tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey are brand names widely mentioned in contemporary song lyrics involving alcohol, according to study results summarized in a New York Daily News article.

Researchers from Boston University's School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) and Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health performed the study, which evaluated the lyrics of the songs from Billboard magazine's annual lists for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

"Of the 720 top hits, 167 (23.2%) contain references to alcohol, and 46 (6.4%) mention specific brands. In those 46 songs, more than half of the references were to Patrón, Hennessy, Grey Goose or Jack Daniel's," the New York Daily News notes.

It adds, "Tequila, cognac, vodka and champagne brands were more likely to be mentioned in urban songs, while beer and whiskey labels were more likely to come up in country or pop songs."

Some people believe lyrical references to alcohol make young people more likely to drink. What do you think?

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