Maximizing the Impact of a Chorus: Side To Side Case Study

Of all the sections in a hit song, it’s the chorus that is typically the most infectious, engaging and memorable. While the appearance of simplicity is key to ensure that it easily connects and resonates, the construction and implementation is anything but.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Returns to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast

Sitting down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn discuss their new IMMERSION hit songwriting searchable database, trends, the craft behind “Don’t Let Me Down,” “No,” and “When Doves Cry” and more.

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Stressed Out’s Hooks & Infectious Grooves

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots wrote their 2013 album "Vessels" without “knowing whether or not people were going to hear it.” That album proceeded to go gold in the U.S. Their newest album, "Blurryface", went platinum. The 3rd single from "Blurryface", “Stressed Out”, peaked…

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Ex’s & Oh’s, Same Old Love, Sorry, & Stitches: Hooks, Clever Elements & WOW Factors

During the fourth quarter of 2015, 21 songs charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, each possessing a unique sound and vibe traversing 5 primary genres and 20 sub-genres. Despite the differences between them, the key characteristic that they all have in common…

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Billboard Hosts Hit Songs Deconstructed on Their New Chart Beat Podcast

Hit Songs Deconstructed’s founders Yael and David Penn recently sat down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, for their new podcast, Chart Beat. In this 52-minute podcast. they reveal the Hit Songs Deconstructed backstory, discuss why it’s such a valuable tool to songwriters, producers…

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Hello’s Vocal WOW Factors & Soaring Power

Adele spent over three years in silence. Not literally, of course. However, prior to the release of "Hello", Adele hadn’t released a song since 2012. Since its release, the song topped over 40 charts throughout the world, and its accompanying music video scored over a…

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Hotline Bling’s “Mute Button” Technique & False Lyrical Beginning & Ending

While "Hotline Bling's" video and Drake’s unique, widely parodied dance moves certainly helped expose the song to the masses, it's the strength of the song itself that keeps people listening. When you dig down deep, you’ll find that it contains a host of clever compositional…

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Hello, Hotline Bling, & Same Old Love: Genre Fusion Techniques

It all sounds the same. Homogenized. Unadventurous. That’s what many people think about today’s mainstream music. However, when you look more closely at the songs that top the charts, it becomes apparent that nothing could be further from the truth. In this article, excerpted from…

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Highlights From Our Q4 Trend Report

Did female vocals finally make a comeback? Which retro influences were the most popular - the 60s, 70s or 80s? Did the prominence of Hip Hop/Rap increase or decrease? Our latest Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Report takes a look at the compositional characteristics that define…

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To Bridge Or Not To Bridge?

Hit songwriter and educator Jason Blume interviewed David Penn, Hit Songs Deconstructed co-founder and editor-in-chief, for this article on the latest structural trends defining today’s chart-topping hits. This article was published by BMI's MusicWorld on January 7th.

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The 2016 Grammys Deconstructed

Hit Songs Deconstructed congratulates all of the winners from the 58th annual Grammy Awards! Here we've compiled some of our recent Hit Songs Deconstructed reports showing the what, how, and why behind some of the night's biggest wins.

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What Makes the ‘Star Wars’ Theme So Epic? John Williams’ Legendary Theme, Deconstructed

In honor of the return of Star Wars, Hit Songs Deconstructed teamed up with Billboard to look into why John Williams’ main title for the movie is one of the most successful (a disco version actually topped the Hot 100 for two weeks in 1977),…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Month In Review: November 2015

During the month of November there were a host of key compositional trend shifts that took place in the Hot 100 Top 10. Among the most notable are the solo female lead vocal category rising to its highest level of prominence in 36 weeks thanks…

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Wildest Dreams: How To Take A Song From Good To Great

In this article, excerpted from our "Wildest Dreams" Deconstructed Report, we examine a couple of the many characteristics that put the song over the top.

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Q3’s Record-Setting Trend Shifts

The third quarter of 2015 was filled with record setting trend shifts in the Hot 100 Top 10. Trap, solo male lead vocals, and the use of a pre-chorus reached their highest level of popularity in years, while partying themed lyrics, solo female lead vocals,…

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