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Then & Now



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A lot can happen in the course of a year, especially when it comes to hit songwriting.

When you compare today’s trends with those of this time last year, some of the most notable shifts include solo male vocals being the most popular, song titles appearing less frequently, and first choruses hitting later. Among those that remained the same are the top lyrical theme, primary instrumentation, and record label categories.

What follows is a comparison of the top performing categories within the HSD Music Charts during the fourth week of September in 2014 and 2015.

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Then (Week of 9/27/14)

Now (Week of 9/26/15)

*Note: Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is not included in the 9/27/14 Spotify playlist
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Categories Then Now
Top Lyrical Theme Love/Relationships
Top Electric Vs. Acoustic Instrumentation Category Primarily Electric
Top Primary Genre Pop
Top Record Label Republic
Top Song Title Word Count Category Two Words
Top Primary Instrumentation Prominent Drums/Beats/Perc.
Top Sub-Genre/Influencer Electropop

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Categories Then Now
Top Song Title Appearance Category 6 – 10 Appearances
11 – 15 Appearances
1 – 5 Appearances
Top Lead Vocal Solo Female Solo Male
Top Song Length Category 3:00 – 3:29 Under 3:00
3:00 – 3:29
Top First Chorus Occurrence Category Moderately Early
(0:20 – 0:39)
Moderately Late
(0:40 – 0:59)
Top Intro Length Category Short
(0:01 – 0:09)
Moderately Short
(0:10 – 0:19)
Top Songwriter Count Category Three-Writer Teams Four Writer Teams
Five+ Writer Teams