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From Dean Martin to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Look at Christmas Hits By the Numbers

Hit Songs Deconstructed and Billboard Magazine collaborated on this article analyzing the top 25 holiday season downloads from 2003 through 2013. The on-line version was published on Billboard.com on December 4th. The print version appeared in the November 29th issue of Billboard magazine.

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The Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Report

There were a number of key hit songwriting trend shifts that took place during the the third quarter of the year, spanning categories including song form, primary instrumentation and lyrical themes, to name a few of many. Three of the most pronounced, however, were shifts…

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All About That Bass

The massive success of All About That Bass is due in part to a number of key factors. Some of the most important include the meticulous fusion of retro and current elements, a plethora of hooks, payoffs and stand out moments, clever - and at…

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. What's hot today may not necessarily be hot tomorrow, and vice versa. Below is a brief comparison of how intros, first choruses, lead vocal gender, record labels and sub-genres have changed…

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White Christmas: Unique Takes On A Standard

Originally written by Irving Berlin and first made popular by Bing Crosby back in the early 1940's, White Christmas has gone on to become one of the most covered Christmas/holiday songs of all time. This Penn's Pick Playlist features 15 of the most diverse versions…

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Shake It Off

Released as the lead single from her highly anticipated album 1989, Shake It Off finds Taylor Swift completing her transformation into a mainstream Pop superstar, all together forgoing her Country roots. This article explores one of the song’s many key…

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10 Things You Will (and Won’t) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

Hit Songs Deconstructed and Billboard collaborated on the following article which focuses on how the top hits of summer are crafted by songwriters, marketed by the labels, and why they connect with the listener. The on-line version was published on…

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Hit Song Choruses

The Hit Songs Deconstructed Top 10 Deconstructed Report provides an in-depth look at the compositional characteristics and techniques utilized to craft all of the songs that land within the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 each quarter. This article spotlights some…

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Wiggle

Clever, crass, comical and exceptionally well crafted. These are the four “c’s” that define Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg’s latest hit, Wiggle. This article shows how the melding of unique and familiar elements enabled the song to stand out and resonate amongst its mainstream contemporaries.

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R&B/Soul: Hit Songwriting Characteristics

Dance/Electronic, Hip Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B/Soul and Rock.  These are the five primary genres that comprise the songs that land within the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 from quarter to quarter. This article features a small number of highlights and takeaways…

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Penn’s Picks: Artist & Band Evolution: Vol.1

Most artists and bands have a point in their career where their sound and style evolves (or in some cases, devolves)  beyond what they were known for.  This can be brought about by boredom, the need to put food on…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – September In Review

The weekly Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts provide unique insight into today’s hit songwriting trends by spotlighting the characteristics driving the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. This report shows the trends for the month of September. TOP 10 PLAYLIST >>…

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Ain’t It Fun

Released as the fourth single from Paramore’s self-titled fourth album, “Ain’t It Fun” is one of the band’s most successful songs to date, peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 and hitting #1 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 and…

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The Rise (and Fall?) of R&B, Bass Rules the Top 10

During the second quarter of 2014, 23 songs charted within the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.  13 were “new top 10 arrivals,” while the others were carryovers from Q1. Amongst the many hit songwriting trend shifts that took place…

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Penn’s Picks: Frontmen & Their Successors: Vol. 1 – Metal

In all genres, but especially Hard Rock and Metal, the frontman plays a pivotal role in defining a band’s image and sound. Vocalists such as David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Dianno, Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan were all…

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