Highlights from The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: 2019 in Review

In 2019, there were 58 songs, 57 credited performing artists, 236 credited songwriters, 90 credited producers, and 14 record labels that landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

While in 2018 the vast majority of #1 hits were Hip Hop songs, of the 15 songs that charted at #1 in 2019, 11 were Pop, three were Hip Hop and one was R&B. The pack was led by Lil Nas X’s mega-hit Old Town Road, which features an infectious blend of Country and Hip Hop influences, meme-ready lyrics and a superstar featured artist that helped the song gallop to the top spot, where it remained for a record-setting 19 weeks.  

Post Malone was the top artist of 2019, with six Top 10 hits and two #1s. Equally impressive is that he had at least one of his songs in the Top 10 throughout almost the entire year (51 weeks). Malone was also a credited writer on all six of his songs. Louis Bell was the top behind the scenes writer for the second year in a row, scoring eight Top 10 hits, six of which were co-written with Post Malone, and four #1 hits.

Republic was the dominant record label for the sixth straight year with 19 Top 10 hits. The majority of its hits were Pop songs as opposed to Hip Hop – the opposite of what it was in 2018.

When comparing Hot 100 Top 10 songs from 2018 to 2019:

  • Average tempo jumped from 83 BPM to 91 BPM
  • Average song length fell from 3:36 to 3:10
  • The number of Pop songs doubled, surpassing Hip Hop for the first time since 2016
  • Songs featuring a Love/Relationship lyrical theme increased from 40% to 64%

What other shifts are we seeing in the Top 10 landscape?

On Monday, February 3rd, Hit Songs Deconstructed will release its 100+ page year-end trend report, The State of the Hot 100 Top 10. 

For a sneak peak of some of the findings, download this PDF with select highlights from the report!


What songs charted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 in 2019?

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