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, a few notable shifts are that today the most influential sub-genres include Electropop, Hip Hop/Rap, and Trap, in addition to R&B/Soul. Solo Male Lead Vocals are currently outshining Duet/Group Vocals, and Two-Word Song Titles have become more popular than Single-Word Titles.
Among the categories that remained the same are the top Lyrical Theme and Primary Genre categories. Additionally, the #1 songs on both Hot 100 charts possess a strong Reggae influence (Rude in 2014, Cheerleader in 2015).
What follows is a comparison of the top performing categories within the HSD Music Charts during the third week of August in 2014 and 2015.
[Header 1 header=”Songs In The Hot 100 Top 10″]
[Header 1 header=”Remained The Same From 2014 to 2015″]
|Top Lyrical Theme||Love/Relationships|
|Top Electric Vs. Acoustic Instrumentation Category||Primarily Electric|
|Top Song Title Appearance Category||6 – 10 Appearances|
|Top Primary Genre||Pop|
|Top Record Label||Republic|
[Header 1 header=”Changed From 2014 to 2015″]
|Top Lead Vocal Category||Duet/Group||Solo Male|
|Top Sub Genre/Influencer||R&B/Soul||Electropop, Hip Hop/Rap,
R&B/Soul & Trap
|Top Song Length Category||3:00 – 3:29||Under 3:00, 3:00 – 3:29, &
3:30 – 3:39
|Top First Chorus Occurrence Category||Moderately Early
(0:20 – 0:39)
(0:40 – 0:59)
|Top Intro Length Category||Short
(0:01 – 0:09)
(0:10 – 0:19)
|Top Song Title Word Count Category||One Word||Two Words|
|Top Primary Instrumentation Category||Synth||Synth, Prominent Drums,
|Top Songwriter Count Category||Two & Three-Writer Teams||Two & Four-Writer Teams|