Understanding the Fundamental Building Blocks of a Hit

(Includes Video Recording of the Live Masterclass + Masterclass Materials)

While no two hit songs are exactly alike, most possess core commonalities that are fundamental to their success.
Sign up for this masterclass to find out what they are!

From melody and hooks, to lyrics and rhymes, to structure and arrangement, this masterclass will provide you with a strong foundation of the elements consistently found in today's hits.

This is the most thorough

master class that I have attended.
Recommend it to all.

Sandy Chen // Songwriter

Warner Chappell Music

I can't stress enough how important
HSD is to any serious
professional hit songwriter.

Hilton Wright II //

Record Producer/Songwriter

These are not just songwriting
tips and tricks; these workshops are
a masterclass in hit songwriting.

George Haughton //


Discover The Five Pillars of a Hit Song

Using the acclaimed Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology for analyzing music paired with Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 case studies, you'll gain unique insight into how today's hits are crafted, what they have in common at their core, and learn how those principles can be applied to your own music.

After exploring current hit songwriting trends, you'll learn what the most effective melody, hook writing, lyrical, structural and arrangement techniques found in today's hits are. We explore why they are being used and what makes them so effective.

By watching this masterclass, you'll walk away with a brand new set of tools and techniques that you can immediately start using to maximize the impact of your songs, regardless of the genre you are writing and producing in.

Your Workshop Instructor

David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David Penn is co-founder of Hit Songs Deconstructed, responsible for spearheading all analysis, editorial content, and workshops and co-founder of ChartCipher.

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs, having been featured in an array of podcasts and articles published by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU and Frost School of Music, consults with major labels and publishers, and coaches both aspiring and established songwriters and producers.

Most recently, he co-founded ChartCipher, a game-changing platform that unleashes the power of AI-driven hit song analytics, responsible for fusing the Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology and delivery of hit song analytics with MyPart’s AI-powered analysis.

This masterclass will give you a new toolbox of proven techniques that will help take your songs to the next level!

What you will learn:

  • The Five Pillars of a Hit Song 
  • Current hit songwriting trends
  • What today’s hit songs have in common 
  • The most frequently used melody, hook writing, lyrical, structural and arrangement techniques being used in today’s hits
  • Proven techniques that will help take your songs to the next level

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should buy this masterclass?

Songwriters, producers, instrumentalists and A&R/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.


  • The video recording of the live 3 hour masterclass
  • The PDF of the masterclass presentation deck
  • A Spotify playlist with all the songs referenced during the presentation
  • A proprietary step-by-step process and checklist to evaluate your melody and hooks (sold individually for $149)

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

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

“Hit Songs Deconstructed has really pushed my music to a competitive level. The instructors are at the top of their game, detailed, and cover absolutely everything that's happening in current, charting successful music.”

JULAPINK // Pop Recording Artist

The way songs are broken down is extremely useful in really solidifying your understanding of what's happening in the most popular music, and how you can incorporate it in your own.

Omar Zulfi // Music Artist/Producer, Deviant Noise

The Hit Songs Deconstructed "Hit Song Blueprint" masterclass was amazing! I am stunned by the WEALTH of information available through this program, and the manner in which it was presented. Very impressive!

Nick Martin // artist/producer

Ready to start writing and producing
with a hit song mentality?