Sub-Genre Mashup: Hit Pop Songwriting In Q1-2012

This report provides you with an in-depth look at the most dominant sub-genre influences that shaped the sound of the 21 Top 10 Hit Pop Songs during Q1-2012.

As you would expect, straight-up Dance/Club influenced songs continued to dominate (though down slightly from the previous quarter,) while straight-up Rock & Hip-Hop/Rap influenced songs were nowhere to be found.

However, what you wouldn’t necessarily expect is the significant increase in the number of songs that possess a mix of dominant sub-genre influences in their framework. For example, Hip Hop/Rap verses fusing with Pop/Rock choruses in Gym Class Heroes’ Ass Back Home, and Pop/Rock verses fusing with Dance/Club choruses in Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger.

This report includes a new section focusing on these “mixed influence” songs, showing you where each specific sub-genre influence occurs and how it shapes the overall sound of the song.

Regardless of which sub-genre category you’re looking at, there were certain compositional commonalities that all 21 Top 10 Hits share, including intro lengths, first chorus occurrences, lyrical themes and more. Read this report to find out what they are!

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<div class=”exerptTextHits” style=”padding-bottom:20px;”>This report provides you with a concise review of the characteristics and attributes that drove the twenty one top 10 songs that landed on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart during Q4-2011. </div> <div class=”exerptText”> •  <strong>The “Model” Hit Pop Song:</strong> See what the “model” hit Pop song looked like based on the top attributes of all 21 top 10 hit Pop songs during the quarter. •  <strong>Song Structure:</strong> A detailed look at key components that shaped all 21 top 10 hit Pop songs including intros, outros, choruses, bridges, pre-choruses, form and more. •  <strong>Song Attributes:</strong> See how key attributes shaped the top hits of the quarter including sub-genre influences, lyrical themes, lead vocal gender, primary instrumentation and more. •  <strong>Trend Watch:</strong>  Key trends that affect today’s hit Pop songs including Sub-Genres, Lyrical Themes, Lead Vocal Gender and Instrumentation. •  <strong>New Arrivals Vs. De-Charted Hits:</strong> See what’s in and what’s out based on the elements and attributes of the songs that entered the top 10 for the first time during Q4-2011 and the songs that were in the top 10 in Q3 but didn’t make it into Q4. •  <strong>The Hit Makers:</strong>  See who the top songwriters were and the hits they were involved in crafting. •  <strong>The #1 Hit Club:</strong>  All of the songs that hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart during the quarter. </div>