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THE 5 PILLARS OF A HIT SONG

Understanding the most effective techniques used in today's hits.

Take a deep dive into the songwriting and production techniques that have propelled today's most successful songs to the top of the charts!

The best way to understand why today's hits are so successful is to identify what makes them work. By distilling hit songs down to their foundational building blocks, it becomes apparent what techniques are most effective - despite the genre or artist delivering them. 

Over the course of three-hours, and using the acclaimed Hit Songs Deconstructed methodologies, this masterclass explores the techniques within each of the 5 pillars and look at how they helped today's most successful songs become global hits. You'll gain unique insight into what they are, why they are being used, and how to apply them to your own songs.

Critical listening exercises are at the core of this masterclass. Together, we will listen to examples from recent hits, deconstruct the techniques being utilized and analyze what makes them so effective.  We will conclude the masterclass by taking a deep dive into one recent hit from intro to outro to see how it all comes together.

By the end of this masterclass you will have a clear understanding of what makes today's hits so successful and come away with proven techniques that will help you take your craft to the next level, connect with a wider audience, capitalize on trends, and channel your unique creativity for success.

Start writing and producing with a hit song mentality!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should purchase this masterclass?

Songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals who have the goal of being involved in today’s mainstream music scene.

What knowledge of songwriting and music theory is required?

A solid foundation in the basic craft of songwriting and music theory is highly recommended.

What is the basis for the material covered?

We focus on Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits.

How is the material be conveyed?

Hit Songs Deconstructed masterclasses feature a combination of audio examples, graphs, charts, commentary, and, in some cases, Logic Pro sessions to illustrate principles and techniques.

Active listening exercises are at the core our masterclasses, so make sure you watch the masterclass with high quality audio/headphones.

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I SIGN UP FOR THIS MASTERCLASS?

  • A video recording of the masterclass
  • A PDF with definitions for all the techniques referenced throughout the masterclass
  • A PDF with all the masterclass content
  • A Spotify playlist with all of the songs referenced throughout the masterclass

How long will i have access to the masterclass video and materials?

You will have unlimited access to the video and masterclass materials.

Testimonials from Past Masterclasses

I can’t say enough about how much you can learn in these workshops. So far I have attended two sessions, one for Lyrics and Rhymes and the second for Arrangement & Production. The presenters were highly skilled and knowledgeable. The information was detailed and unlimited. There is something in there for anyone who writes or records to learn.


I highly recommend checking them out, it will make you rethink any work you have done in the past and going forward.

Tommy (Blues Buddha) Dudley

Singer/ Songwriter/ Performer

R Club Productions Inc.

Some producers have a hit or two by sheer fluke/talent and the subconscious knowledge of a lifetime of growing up with music. However, making hits songs consistently is not just about talent and the occasional fluke. There is a science to the art of making hit music.


Hit Songs Deconstructed will equip you with tools that will allow you to make hit songs more consistently.

Lyburn Geldenhuis 

A&R/Producer/Songwriter/Mixing Engineer

Your Masterclass Includes

  • The live masterclass recording
  • A PDF with definitions for all the techniques referenced throughout the masterclass
  • A PDF with all the masterclass content
  • A Spotify playlist with all of the songs referenced throughout the masterclass

About this masterclass

Format: Live Masterclass Recording

Release Date: 2023

Length: 3 hours

Price: $299

Masterclass Case Studies Include

I am truly impressed with the scientific approach that HSD has employed in the forensic breakdown of the process of writing hit songs. Well done HSD for providing the songwriting community with invaluable information and analysis.

Carl Corcoran

Songwriter/Broadcaster/Industry Consultant/Director of MA Songwriting Irish World Academy University of Limerick, Board Member Music Network Ireland

I highly recommend all of the courses from Hit Songs Deconstructed. If you're a songwriter, there's always something new to be learned in their workshops and masterclasses!

Andrew Colyer

Recording Artist/Performer/Composer

HSD provides a great platform for breaking down various aspects of the creative process in the making of a hit song. Powerful tool for learning hit songwriting, production techniques and trends.

Rod Butler

Songwriter/Producer

"Even though I’ve been writing professionally for over ten years, I’ve found several nuggets of gold that have improved my writing already."

Roy Stride

Hit Songwriter, Producer, Artist

One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Scouting for Girls

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