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Coi Leray’s ‘Players’ Deconstructed: Hits Honoring the ’80s Are on the Rise



Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzes the compositional traits of Leray's first Hot 100 top 10.

Coi Leray landed her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as “Players” jumps to No. 9 on the April 1-dated chart.
What are some of the song's sonic and lyrical elements that have helped the it surge? What are some notable trends that “Players” furthers among recent hip-hop hits?

Overt Retro 1980s Influence
Over the past decade, hip-hop songs with an overt retro 1980s influence have been few and far between, with only three making it into the Hot 100’s top 10 from 2013 to 2021:

  • Eminem’s “Berzerk” (No. 3 peak, 2013)
  • Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane (No. 1 for seven weeks, 2016-17)
  • Post Malone’s “Congratulations,” featuring Quavo (No. 8, 2017)

In contrast, over just the past year, three overt retro ’80s-driven songs have hit the Hot 100’s top 10:

  • Latto’s “Big Energy” (No. 3, April 2022)
  • Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” (No. 1, one week, August 2022)
  • Coi Leray’s “Players” (No. 9, to-date, April 2023)

This is an excerpt from an article published by Billboard on March 29, 2023. 
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