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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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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