Hit Songwriting Trends In Pop: Q3-2011

Find out how key elements present in hit Pop songwriting are shifting over time and shaping today’s hit songs!

This report takes an in-depth look at song structure, lyrical themes, vocal gender, sub-genre influences, primary instrumentation and other key song elements and provides readers with ongoing analysis, commentary and movement graphs for trends shaping the Pop Genre since January 2010.  A must read for Songwriters, Producers, Creative Directors and A&Rs.

Below is a sneak peak and at some of report’s findings:

  • Top 10 hit Pop songs that feature a synth as the primary instrument saw a substantial drop in number from the previous quarter, decreasing from 79% to 59% of songs.
  • While vocal gender evened out a bit during Q2, Q3 saw the gap widen once again with male lead vocals now comprising the majority of top 10 Pop hits.
  • The most popular form (A-B-A-B-C-B: Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Bridge/Chorus) continues on its steady decline since the beginning of the year.

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