Then & Now

Our latest “Then and Now” comparison reveals that the most popular compositional characteristics tracked by the Hit Songs Deconstructed Charts are surprisingly similar when compared to this time last year - with the exception of two. Find out what they are in our Hit Songs…

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

Back in August, Pop took the top honors away from Hip Hop/Rap as the most popular Primary Genre within the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. During the month of October, it continued to stand its ground. Dance/Club/Electronic, however, dropped down to nil for the first…

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Cheerleader: Power Of The Remix

In this article, excerpted from our Cheerleader Deconstructed Report, we show how a moderately successful Reggae-influenced Pop song was transformed into a massive international mainstream hit via the power of the remix.

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Hooks, Clever Elements & Intro Techniques

This article features highlights culled from our recent Top 10 Deconstructed report. In it you'll find characteristics and techniques used by today's hit makers to help put their songs over the top including "under the radar" artist digs,the use of non-typical instrumentation, unique hooks, effective…

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Then & Now

Compared to this time last year, there have been notable trend shifts in the Hot 100 Top 10, including the most prominent sub-genre and primary instrumentation categories. However, certain key categories have remained the same. Find out what they are in our HSD Music Charts…

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

Pop’s prominence in the Top 10 reached a 27-week high in September, breaking its tie at the top with Hip Hop/Rap, which sunk to a 12-week low. The Primarily Acoustic Instrumentation category returned for the first time in 12 weeks thanks to the arrival of…

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The World of Max Martin

With eight songs in the Top 10 and four #1 singles in 2014, he ruled the radio for months at a time and took home the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award for the fifth year in a row. His 54 Top Ten singles place…

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Can’t Feel My Face Deconstructed Highlights

Canadian R&B star The Weeknd hooked up with Swedish producer/songwriter Max Martin and his team of hitmakers to craft this summer’s international smash hit, Can’t Feel My Face. Among the many factors that contributed to the song’s success, it’s the clever manner in which the…

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Sub-Genre Fusion, Hip Hop/Rap & Trap

This article features highlights culled from our latest Hit Songs Deconstructed Genre Report. Find out what the most popular sub-genres and influencers of the quarter were, those that greatly increased in popularity and examples of how sub-genres are being meticulously fused with one another.

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. When you compare today’s trends with those of this time last year, some of the most notable shifts include solo male vocals being the most popular, song titles…

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

Hip Hop/Rap, Trap, and the Two-Word Song Title category all reached their highest level in over a year during the month of August. The once dominant Retro category, however, sunk to a 41 week low. Solo Female Lead Vocals rebounded, and the Synth and Prominent…

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Q2 Hit Songwriting Trend Highlights

During the second quarter of this year, the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 featured a host of important shifts in hit songwriting trends. Songs were shorter, choruses hit earlier, more writers were involved in the crafting process, and solo female vocals plummeted, just to name…

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Shut Up And Dance Deconstructed Highlights

The reason for the Shut Up And Dance's success is simple – it contains all of the characteristics that you would expect to find in a major hit. This article features highlights extracted from our Shut Up And Dance Deconstructed Report, showing a few of…

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Then & Now

A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting. What follows is a comparison of the top performing categories within the HSD Music Charts during the third week of August in 2014 and 2015.

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

Hip Hop/Rap, Short Intros and Early Hitting First Choruses were among July’s big gainers. Love and Relationships were rampant, but there wasn’t a lot of Hooking Up going on. Solo Male Vocals dominated, Solo Female Vocals reentered the top 10 for the first time in…

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