Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hit Songs Deconstructed Releases Its Q3-2017 Hit Songwriting Trend Brief | Music Think Tank

Hit Songs Deconstructed ( released its Q3-2017 Trend Brief. This 100+ page report details the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

Highlights include:
  • There were 23 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 and two #1 hits: Despacito & Look What You Made Me Do.
  • After significantly surpassing Pop in Q2 with 40% of the Top 10, Hip Hop and Pop tied in Q3, accounting for 30% of songs, each. 
  • Hip Hop as an influence rose to a new high, influencing 78% of all songs, both within and outside of the Hip Hop/Rap primary genre. 
  • Men continued to dominate the Top 10 with 70% of all songs featuring exclusively male lead vocals. 
  • Minor keys surged in prominence 
  • Popularity of claps/snaps held steady, being utilized in 78% of the Top 10
  • Larger songwriting teams were still by far the most prominent, with 83% of songs featuring four or more credited writers.
For additional highlights from the Hit Songs Deconstructed Q3 Trend Brief, please visit
For more information on the Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Brief, please contact Yael Penn at or 212.671.2308 ext.102.


About Hit Songs Deconstructed:

Hit Songs Deconstructed is the #1 source for hit songwriting analysis and trend data. We track the compositional characteristics, songwriting techniques and industry trends for the songs that land in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Subscribers include songwriters, producers, A&R’s and other music industry professionals around the world who rely on Hit Songs Deconstructed’s in-depth analysis and data to make songwriting and production decisions, spot trends, benchmark songs, and stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing musical landscape.



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