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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