Technique Spotlight: September 2019

Cabello and Mendes' Señorita is a bonified hook fest. However, in contrast to many other hits, the writers cleverly decided to repurpose the main hook melody in a multitude of ways across sections, v...

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M-M-M-My Sharona! 40 Years Later.

On August 25, 2019, The Knack’s My Sharona celebrates its 40th anniversary of hitting the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In honor of this timeless classic, we’ve decided to look under the hood...

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Sucker: A Hit Song Hook Fest

Cabello and Mendes' Señorita is a bonified hook fest. However, in contrast to many other hits, the writers cleverly decided to repurpose the main hook melody in a multitude of ways across sections, v...

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The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: 2019 Mid-Year Report Highlights

Cabello and Mendes' Señorita is a bonified hook fest. However, in contrast to many other hits, the writers cleverly decided to repurpose the main hook melody in a multitude of ways across sections, v...

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From “Ooh na na” to “Ooh la la la”! Señorita’s Clever Hook Reinforcement Techniques

Cabello and Mendes' Señorita is a bonified hook fest. However, in contrast to many other hits, the writers cleverly decided to repurpose the main hook melody in a multitude of ways across sections, v...

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Bad Guy: Techniques Spotlight

There’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Billie Eilish’s smash hit Bad Guy. Co-written by hit-making newcomers Billie and her brother Finneas, Bad Guy includes many of the same hit s...

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Looking for a Summer Hit? Put a Ticking Clock in Your Song, Plus Other Pop Signifiers

With the summer officially under way, it’s time to ponder what stands the best chance of becoming that anthem blasting out of car radios, dominating streaming playlists and capturing earbuds coast-t...

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Canadian Musician Radio Interviews Co-Founders of Hit Songs Deconstructed

In this interview with Canadian Musician Radio, Yael and David Penn chat with host Mike Raine, Senior Editor at NWC and publisher of Canadian Musician and Professional Sound, about how Hit Songs Dec...

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Then and Now: May 2019

Welcome to Your Monthly Hot 100 Top 10 Then and Now! Where we take a look at how 2019 is stacking up to 2018. So far this year – from January through May 2019 – there have been 30 songs&...

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