First Look: Highlights from the Q3 Trend Report

The Hit Songs Deconstructed Quarterly Trend Report provides an in-depth look at the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

To download a PDF with highlights from this report, please click on the button below.


In Q3 2108, there were 28 songs, 31 credited performing artists, 119 credited songwriters, 48 credited producers, and 11 record labels that landed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

Four songs charted at #1. They include three Hip Hop songs – In My Feelings (Drake), Nice For What (Drake), and I Like It (Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny, J Balvin), and one Pop song – Girls Like You (Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B).

Drake remains the top artist. In Q3 he had the most #1 hits (2), the most Top 10 hits (7), and spent the most time at #1, (11 weeks). He also had the most credits as a songwriter (8).

Download highlights from our Q3 Trend Report to learn what is driving the Hot 100 Top 10 at the compositional level, including:

  • Genres
  • Influences
  • Lead Vocal Gender
  • Lead Vocal Delivery
  • Key
  • Lyrical Themes
  • Song Structure
  • And more


Below is a Spotify playlist with the 44 songs that charted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during the first half of 2018.

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