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What defined Q3’s new top 10 arrivals?

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With Q3 coming to a close, it’s time to take a deep dive into the qualities that defined the quarter's Hot 100 top 10 new arrivals!

During the third quarter of 2023, 28 songs charted in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Of them, 18 were brand new to the top 10 and 10 carried over from Q2.

Republic was tied for the most new top 10s in Q3 (three songs, 17%) and accounted for the most Q2 carryovers (also three songs, 30%).

Travis Scott led the way with three new Q3 top 10 arrivals ("FEIN," "K-POP" and "Meltdown"). Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA and Taylor Swift followed with two each.

Hip hop led Q3's new arrivals with a 28% share. Songs include "Barbie World," "FEIN," "Fukumean," "Meltdown" and "Paint The Town Red." R&B/soul followed at 22%, and country and pop rounded out the top 3 with 17% each. Country held the distinction of all three of its new arrivals charting at #1 ("I Remember Everything," Rich Men North Of Richmond" and "Try That In A Small Town"). Latin, which last quarter accounted for 27% of new arrivals with hits including "Ella Baila Sola," "Un x100to" and "Where She Goes," didn't score any new top 10s in Q3.

Female-led songs surpassed their male counterparts with half of Q3's new arrivals compared to one-third. This is a notable reversal of Q2, where 82% of songs featured a male lead. Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo led the way with their #1 hits "Paint The Town Red" and "vampire," respectively.

Minor keys dominated the tonality of Q3's new arrivals, with a 72% share. This is largely (though not entirely) due to the influx of hip hop hits, which largely favor minor keys.

The old adage, "don't bore us, get to the chorus," mainly applied to hip hop new arrivals. First chorus occurrence for songs outside of hip hop averaged much later than within hip hop, where the average was just 15 seconds (excludes "Meltdown," which has its first chorus hitting at 2:31).

Subscribers can read the full Q3 2023 New Arrivals trend report here.

To listen to a Spotify playlist of Q3's New Arrivals, click here.

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