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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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Q1 Hit Songwriting Trends

Our latest Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend report takes a look at the compositional characteristics that defined the 20 songs that charted within the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 during the first quarter of 2015, and how these characteristics have changed, or remained the same over…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Month In Review: May 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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Uptown Funk Deconstructed

Uptown Funk has been a global sensation for over four months. In this article we look at some of the core characteristics that helped to put it over the top, including it’s retro influences, MTI level fluctuations and an abundance of clever elements and WOW…

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Top 10 Deconstructed

Our Top 10 Deconstructed Report explores the what, how, and why behind all of the songs that land within the Hot 100 top 10 each quarter. This article spotlights a few of the many characteristics found within the report, including backing & “creative” vocals, payoffs,…

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MTI – Uptown Funk (Momentum/Tension/Intensity)

Taking the listener on a dynamic journey throughout a song is of paramount importance. See how this is put into effect with stellar results in this excerpt from our Uptown Funk Deconstructed report.

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Penn’s Picks: B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King passed away on Thursday at the age of 89. Known as “the king of the blues,” this guitarist’s guitarist, who possessed a voice equally powerful, brought the blues to the masses for seven decades and inspired many of today’s greats, including…

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. Some of the most notable shifts compared to this week last year include the shift in primary genre from Pop to R&B/Soul, the change in primary instrumentation from…

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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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