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Highlights from the Hit Songs Deconstructed 2018 Mid-Year Trend Report

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The Hit Songs Deconstructed Mid-Year Trend Report provides an in-depth look at the compositional trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during the first half of 2018.

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During the first half of 2018 44 songs, 45 credited performing artists, 154 credited songwriters, 66 credited producers, and 12 record labels landed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

Seven songs charted at #1. They include five Hip Hop songs – God’s Plan (Drake), Nice For What (Drake), Psycho (Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign), Sad! (XXXTentacion) and This is America (Childish Gambino), and two Pop songs – Havana (Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug) and Perfect (Ed Sheeran featuring Beyoncé).

Drake was the top artist. He had the most #1 hits (2), spent the most time at #1 (18 weeks total: God’s Plan – 11 weeks, Nice For What – 7 weeks), and was tied with Cardi B for most Top 10 hits (6). He also had the most credits as a songwriter (7).

Hip Hop’s prominence continues to reach new heights both as a primary genre and as an influence across genres. As a primary genre it accounted for 55% of the Top 10 during the first half of the year, which was up from 37% during the same time period in 2017. In Q2 2018 Hip Hop accounted for 62% of the Top 10, while Pop accounted for only 24%.

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  • Influences
  • Lead Vocal Gender
  • Lead Vocal Delivery
  • Key
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  • Song Structure
  • And more

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Below is a Spotify playlist with the 44 songs that charted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during the first half of 2018.

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