2019 #1 Hit Focus

In 2019, 58 songs landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Of them, only 15 occupied the coveted top spot. Many of 2019’s number ones possess a blend of unique and standout qualities t...

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Truth Hurts’ Lyrics & Rhymes

Truth Hurts is a love/relationship, empowerment and boasting-themed song about a protagonist (Lizzo) who is demoralized through a failed relationship but ultimately emerges confident, empowered and re...

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Technique Spotlight: Bad Guy’s Prosody

Bad Guy is the fifth single released off of Billie Eilish’s debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The song quickly became the edgy Pop princess’s most successful single t...

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Spotlight Series Interview: Chris Sampson

In this episode of Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Spotlight Series, we sit down with recording artist, performer, producer, songwriter, author and educator: Chris Sampson. During our talk with Chris,...

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Postmodernist Pop: The Song Sommelier

Postmodernist Pop We’ve noticed an element in pop – a growing element – that does not concern itself with these rules, much. This pop is being made by more single-minded, visionary individuals. ...

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Spotlight Series: The Craft Behind Hit Songwriting and Producing

A Roundtable Discussion with Tayla Parx, Tommy Brown, Sarah Hudson, Leon Thomas, Lara Andersson, and Jessie Saint John From left: Tommy Brown, Tayla Parx, Sarah Hudson and Leon Thomas III, during Parx...

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The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Q3 2019 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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Technique Spotlight: September 2019

This week we are spotlighting examples of four techniques: chorus vocal structure, duet structure, “D” (Departure) sections, and outros. Spotlighted songs include: Break Up With Your Girlfriend, ...

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Spotlight Series: Finneas O’Connell on “Bad Guy”

We are thrilled to announce our new Spotlight Series, where sit down with some of today’s hottest and  most influential music industry professionals, songwriters, producers, and artists to gain dee...

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