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Q2 Hit Songwriting Trend Highlights

During the second quarter of this year, the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 featured a host of important shifts in hit songwriting trends. Songs were shorter, choruses hit earlier, more writers were involved in the crafting process, and solo female vocals plummeted, just to name…

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Shut Up And Dance Deconstructed Highlights

The reason for the Shut Up And Dance's success is simple – it contains all of the characteristics that you would expect to find in a major hit. This article features highlights extracted from our Shut Up And Dance Deconstructed Report, showing a few of…

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Jefferson Airplane Turns 50

Formed in 1965 and disbanded in 1972, Jefferson Airplane was one of the most successful, and arguably the best, of the mid-to-late 1960s San Francisco Psychedelic Rock bands. This Penn’s Picks Playlist spans the group’s entire career, featuring a combination of hits, obscure gems, live…

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. What follows is a comparison of the top performing categories within the HSD Music Charts during the third week of August in 2014 and 2015.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Month In Review: July 2015

Hip Hop/Rap, Short Intros and Early Hitting First Choruses were among July’s big gainers. Love and Relationships were rampant, but there wasn’t a lot of Hooking Up going on. Solo Male Vocals dominated, Solo Female Vocals reentered the top 10 for the first time in…

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The Sugar “Beat It” Influence

Cleverly sandwiched between the two “Maroon 5 payoff” segments in the chorus is a section that appears to be directly influenced by Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” This article details the key similarities between the two songs.

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Hooks, Clever Elements & WOW Factors

During the first quarter of 2015, 20 songs had the distinction of charting in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. This article features key highlights culled from our "Q1 Top 10 Deconstructed" report that shows what made them so infectious, engaging and memorable.

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What Made Sugar So Sweet?

Crafted by an all-star team of hitmakers, "Sugar" features all of the characteristics that you would expect to find in a chart-topping hit. However, what REALLY makes "Sugar" so sweet is its killer chorus. This article features highlights extracted from our "Sugar Deconstructed" report that…

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70s/80s Rock & New Wave: The Next Big Thing?

Of all the trends that shaped the sound of the songs that landed in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 during the last couple of quarters, late 70s / early 80s Retro R&B/Soul, Funk and Pop have been among the hottest. This Penn’s Pick…

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. What follows is a comparison of the top performing categories within the HSD Music Charts during the fourth week of July in 2014 and 2015.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Month In Review: June 2015

After a first quarter in which Pop ruled, the month of May saw R&B/Soul take over as the top primary genre. Hip Hop/Rap was on the rise too, while Rock’s influence continued to be negligible. Choruses came early and love/relationships remained the dominant lyrical theme.

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Love Me Like You Do Deconstructed

Featured within the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie and sung by Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do has gone on to become a global phenomenon. This article features highlights extracted from our Love me Like You Do Deconstructed report that illustrate some of the…

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Genre Fusion: Standing Out From The Pack

It all sounds the same. Homogenized. Unadventurous. That’s what many people think about today’s mainstream music. But when you actually listen to songs that hit the upper reaches of the charts, nothing could be further from the truth. It takes a creative artist well-versed in…

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Who’s Writing the Hits? Find out who’s behind today’s chart-topping hits!

In 2014 there were 199 credited songwriters involved in crafting the 59 songs that charted within the Hot 100 top 10. Published by Hit Songs Deconstructed, the #1 source for hit songwriting trends and analysis, this e-book gives well-deserved recognition to today’s hitmakers and provides…

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Penn’s Picks: Clapton Turns 70

This Penn’s Picks Playlist features 10 cuts that span the first two decades of Clapton’s career, which is arguably his greatest. From The Yardbirds to Mayall to Cream and beyond, we feature a combination of studio and live gems that showcase the extraordinary talents of…

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