About the Hit Songs Deconstructed Reports

The Hit Song Deconstructed PRO Report

Our flagship report, it provides an unparalleled deep dive into the inner-workings of a current chart-topping hit, and leaves no stone unturned. Presented in a practical manner through a combination of charts, graphs, notation and commentary, the reader comes away with a full understanding of the what, how and why behind how the hit was written and produced and gains a wealth of songwriting and production techniques to add to their toolbox. Among the many areas covered are song structure, energy, genres and influences, instruments and accompaniment, harmony, vocal production and melody, lyrics, rhymes, narrative, Top 10 benchmarking and more.

Readers can study the entire report, or hone in on one particular area of interest, such as vocal melody, across multiple reports.

The Essentials Report

Think of the PRO report as the “novel” and the Essentials report as the “Cliffs Notes.” Based on the Hit Songs Deconstructed PRO report, this streamlined version details high-level takeaways, and compliments the PRO report by providing an alternative perspective, progressing from intro to outro.

The Top 10 Compositional Trends Report

This report details the compositional trends of the songs that chart in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during a specific quarter across 28+ categories, including song length, genres and influences, instruments, the first chorus occurrence, tempo, key and more.

The report begins with a list of all the songs that landed in the Top 10 during the selected quarter, and then details the most popular compositional characteristics, multi-quarter upward and downward trends, characteristics at their highest and lowest levels in over a year, and then displays over 25 graphs detailing compositional trends.

Results are is visualized with interactive trend graphs and provides the option of viewing them as line graphs, which show the evolution of each trend across a specified four-quarter time-period, or as bar graphs, which provide a trend snapshot for a specific quarter. Each data point is clickable and shows the songs behind the trends.

The trend report can also be filtered to view trends for a specific genre.

The Genre Deconstructed Report

This report provides subscribers with an at-a-glance comparison of the most popular compositional characteristics for each primary genre in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 for a specified quarter, across 25+ categories. Presented as a fully interactive table, the user has the ability click on each result to view the songs that possess that particular characteristic, and then further drill down on the song to view its compositional characteristics.