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Seven trends from the Hit Songs Deconstructed Q1 New Arrivals Report



Every quarter Hit songs Deconstructed releases a New Arrivals Report, which provides an analysis of the Hot 100 top 10's newest entries.

Below are seven notable trends extracted from the Hit Songs Deconstructed quarterly New Arrivals Report.

Hip hop/rap, a no-show in Q1 2023, rose to 43% of the top 10 in Q1 2024.

Conversely, country, which represented over one-third of new entries during the same time-period last year, has been on a downward trajectory with only one new song representing the genre in Q1 2024.

In Q1 2023, pop's influence across the top 10 was universal, with every single new arrival featuring a pop influence. However, its impact has been on a steady quarter-over-quarter decline, dropping to 64% by Q1 of 2024.

The theme of love and relationships was featured prominently in 86% of top 10 new entries at the beginning of 2023 but experienced a notable decline, dropping to 43% by the first quarter of 2024. Conversely, the lifestyle theme witnessed a resurgence, rising from 21% in Q1 2023 to 43% in Q1 2024.

The average length of top 10 quarterly new arrivals rose by 22 seconds between Q1 2023 and Q1 2024, landing at 3:35.

The "multipart" intro technique, where elements are strategically added to the mix as the intro progresses to keep the listener engaged and establish key aspects of the song, saw its use increase from just 14% of songs in Q1 2023 to 36% in Q1 2024. Among them are Ariana Grande’s smash, "Yes, And?," where it’s masterfully used to maintain interest in its highly atypical 48-second intro.

The "accompaniment carryover" outro technique, where the accompaniment from the preceding section carries over into the outro to maintain continuity, has been in decline, dropping from 79% of songs in Q1 2023 down to just 21% in Q1 2024.

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