During the first three quarters of 2020, 62 songs landed in the Hot 100 Top 10, 15 of which were #1 hits. Behind these songs were 58 credited performing artists, 220 credited songwriters, 98 credited producers, and 16 record labels.
The top performing song was Roddy Ricch’s The Box,
which spent 25 weeks in the Top 10, and 11 weeks at #1,
the most of any song during the time period.
Looking at some of the top industry players, Juice WRLD was the top primary performing artist with six Top 10 hits. Ariana Grande also led the pack with the most #1 hits, Rain On Me and Stuck With U.
Artist with Most Top 10 Hits (6)
Come & Go, Conversations, Hate the Other Side, Life’s A Mess, Smile, Wishing Well
Artist with Most #1 Hits (2)
Rain On Me, Stuck With U
Juice WRLD and Drake were the top songwriters with seven and six Top 10 hits, respectively.
Seven Top 10 Songwriting Credits
Come & Go, Conversations, Godzilla, Hate the Other Side, Life’s A Mess, Smile, Wishing Well
Six Top 10 Songwriting Credits
Greece, Laugh Now Cry Later, Life Is Good, Pain 1993, Popstar, Toosie Slide
OZ was the top producer with five hits and Interscope landed the most songs in the Top 10, with 15, two more than the runner up, Republic.
Five Top 10 Producer Credits
Greece, HIGHEST IN THE ROOM, Life Is Good, Popstar, Toosie Slide
15 Top 10 Hits
#1 Hits Include: Rain On Me, Rockstar (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
The popular social media app TikTok has been responsible for the success of many a Hot 100 Top 10 hit so far this year. All were in the Top 10 for at least four weeks and two hit the top spot on the chart.
TikTok #1 Hits
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion
14 Weeks in the Top 10
Say So, Doja Cat
16 Weeks in the Top 10
When looking at compositional trends for the Hot 100 Top 10:
After a two-year decline, R&B as an influence rose for two consecutive quarters in 2020. Year to date, R&B has been present in 17 Top 10 hits, roughly one-quarter of songs that have charted so far this year.
While hip hop is the most popular primary genre, its influence on songs outside the hip hop genre plummeted.
Songs featuring an introspection theme increased from 14% in 2019 to 24% so far this year. Conversely, the love/relationships theme dropped in popularity from two-thirds of songs in 2019 to half so far in 2020.
There has been a rise in traditional electric instruments, such as electric bass, piano, and guitar, among #1 hits.