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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Week of 3/14/15

Two songs influenced the compositional makeup of the Hot 100 top 10 this week – the arrival of Pitbull’s Time Of Our Lives and the departure of Meghan Trainor’s Lips Are Movin.

Some of the week’s notable gainers thanks to the arrival of Time Of Our Lives include the Dance/Club primary genre category, which reenters the chart for the first time in 21 weeks (last represented by Break Free), the Retro sub-genre/influencer category (the song possesses a late 1970’s / early 80’s Disco vibe), and the partying/inspiration lyrical theme categories.

On the flip side, the top 10 is “Doo Wop free” for the first time in 32 weeks due to the departure of Lips Are Movin.

Some of the top characteristics defining this weeks top 10 include:

  • Max Martin currently has three of his co-writes charting within the top 10 (Love Me Like You Do, Style and Blank Space). Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Shellback each follow with two.
  • 50% of songs feature five or more credited songwriters.
  • 60% of songs feature a retro influence within the mix, most of which stem from the 1980’s.
  • 50% of songs have their first chorus hitting relatively late (one-minute plus) into the song.
  • 60% of songs feature a synth and electric guitar in a prominent manner within the mix.
  • 50% of songs land at over four-minutes in length.
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