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The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: 2022 In Review



In 2022 there were 84 songs that charted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, 13 more than in 2021.

Shaping the sound and vibe of those songs were seven primary genres, 32 sub-genres and influences, nine lyrical themes, and 24 prominent instruments.

Hip hop and pop continued to be the most popular primary genres in 2022, accounting for 38% and 35% of the Top 10, respectively. R&B/soul, dance/club/electronic and Latin rounded out the top 5, the latter largely thanks to Bad Bunny.

Of the 32 disparate sub-genres and influences that shaped the sound and vibe of 2022’s Top 10s, pop and hip hop continued to be most popular, followed by R&B/soul, trap and electropop/synthpop. Both electropop/synthpop and retro 1980s saw notable gains in 2022, due in part Taylor Swift’s slew of similarly influenced Top 10s from her 2022 album, Midnights. Conversely, both trap and retro 1970s continued to decline, the former dropping to its lowest level since 2016.

Solo lead vocalists rose to the majority and male-led songs continued to be most popular. However, there was an uptick in female-led songs due in part to Taylor Swift’s record setting 10 top 10s, along notable hits from artists including Adele, Beyonce, Kate Bush and Lizzo, among others. 

What other qualities defined 2022’s Hot 100 Top 10?

Hit Songs Deconstructed subscribers can read the full 2022 State of the Hot 100 Top 10 Report  here.

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