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-to-coast as the weather heats up.

According to Hit Songs Deconstructed’s David Penn, who founded the music data and analytics company in 2011 with his wife Yael, this summer’s most consumed songs “will be more poppy, up-tempo, sing-able (as opposed to rap-able), hooky and love/relationship-oriented” compared to a similar period in 2018.

The company has broken down the elements of songs that made up last June’s top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and compared them to the same chart-holders for the first three weeks of this month…

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