Take a deep dive into the songwriting and production techniques that make today's hits so successful.


Hit Songs Deconstructed gives you the tools to make your mark.


Hit Songs Deconstructed is an online resource being used by songwriters, producers, music industry professionals and universities around the world.

We track the compositional characteristics and songwriting techniques found in the songs that land in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and through our weekly charts and in-depth reports, which feature a combination of data and analysis, we provide the industry with an in depth understanding of the trends and the craft behind today’s hits.

Our mission is to give songwriters, producers, educators and music industry professionals the tools to make their mark and ultimately shape the future of music.

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  • The Hit Songs Deconstructed Report

    Published monthly, these in-depth reports take a deep dive into the what, how and why behind a current chart-topping hit.

    Each report begins with a highlights section featuring some of the main song takeaways and then dive into every aspect of the song, including song structure, production, hooks, WOW factors, instrumentation, vocal melody, lyrics, rhyming schemes, top 10 benchmarking, A&R hit factors and much more.

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  • Top Ten Trends Report

    Published quarterly, this report provides a snapshot of the key hit songwriting trends that define all of the songs that land in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, quarter by quarter, over the period of one year.

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  • Top Ten Hits Deconstructed Report

    Published quarterly, this report provides an in-depth look of the specific techniques utilized to craft all of the songs that land within the Billboard Hot 100 each quarter.

    Topics covered include vocal assignments, methods utilized to hook the listener in and leave them wanting more, chorus structure and impact accentuators, form variations and more.

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  • Top Ten Genre Report

    Published quarterly, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the characteristics and trends that define each genre represented in the Hot 100 top 10 each quarter.

    Topics covered include primary genre compositional characteristics, sub-genre fusion techniques, genre chart performance, and more.

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  • The Hit Songs Deconstructed Charts

    Published weekly, the Hit Songs Deconstructed Charts provide songwriters, producers and music industry professionals with unique insight into today’s hit songwriting trends by spotlighting the characteristics driving the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Each chart shows the percentage of songs within the top 10 that possess a particular characteristic, such as top genres, sub-genres, lyrical themes, instrumentation and more.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed is an important resource for anyone who is - or wants to be - a part of today’s contemporary music scene.

  • It keeps you current in a fast changing musical landscape
  • It keeps you in tune with the most modern musical vocabulary and production techniques
  • And it helps you channel your own creativity in the most effective manner possible.


The Top Ten Genre Report: Q1-2016

When Doves Cry Deconstructed

The Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Report: Q1-2016

The Top Ten Hits Report: Q4-2015

Stressed Out Deconstructed


  • Prince Charles Alexander
    Grammy Award winning producer, audio engineer, recording artist and professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music

    "It is such a great tool that I’m showcasing it in live forums at Berklee College of Music and looking forward to integrating it into the songwriting and music production curriculums."

  • The Hollywood Reporter

    "A new report on hit songwriting trends was published last week and some of its findings are fascinating!"

  • Jason Blume
    Songwriter w/50 million album sales and top-selling author, Billboard Books

    "It’s an amazing tool – and one I highly recommend to my students and collaborators throughout the world."

  • Shalik Berry
    Vice President of A&R, Epic Records

    "I love the in-depth charts and explanations. I’m looking to incorporate some of your questions in my A&R style."

  • James R. Leach Jr.
    Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations/West Coast Operations, SESAC, Inc.

    "Great work in technically breaking down this song in a way that will help aspiring writers and producers! Keep up the great service!"

  • John Braheny
    Author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting

    "You have given songwriters a great new tool, the beauty of which is that it reflects current trends."

  • Eric Hurt
    Creative Director, Universal Music Publishing Group / Brentwood Benson

    "As a Creative Director for a large music publisher, I find the site VERY valuable. I’m a fan."

  • David Trotter
    Co-Founder, Creative Director, and Producer, Studio 51 Music

    "I highly recommend Hit Songs Deconstructed. It is an insightful and detailed description of the craft of writing hit music for today’s music markets. I read it every month to keep sharp, and ahead of the curve."