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The Sonic Characteristics That Sparked the Hot 100 Reign of Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’

Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzes the compositional traits that have led the smash to record-breaking heights.

BY DAVID PENN
FIRST PUBLISHED BY BILLBOARD.COM SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

As previously reported, Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” rewrites a pair of records atop the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 1. With a 15th week at No. 1, the track solely claims the longest reign for a song by an act with no accompanying artists, as well as the longest domination for a song by a British artist in the chart’s history.

As the song has ruled the Hot 100, as well as the Streaming Songs, Radio Songs and Digital Song Sales charts, what is it about its sonic characteristics that has propelled it to such prominence?

 

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