The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Q3 2021
Compositional trends for the Hot 100 Top 10 and the players behind them.


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Today’s hits are evolving faster than ever, from the songwriting and production techniques used to craft them to the genre influences and instruments shaping their sound.

A few highlights from the report include:

  • Songs with producer teams of three nearly doubled since last year to just over one-third of songs.
  • R&B/soul is gaining momentum as a primary genre and almost doubled as a genre influence.
  • While hip hop was the most popular genre in the overall Top 10, when looking specifically at number one hits, pop was the most prominent genre.

In this fast-changing and competitive musical landscape, it’s crucial to leverage all the tools that can help you stay ahead of the curve. 

This 100+ page report will get you in tune with how today’s most successful songs, and the players behind them, are evolving, including:

  • Industry Trends: Trend data for artists, songwriters, producers and labels
  • Top 10 Compositional Trends: An in-depth look at compositional trends for the overall Top 10
  • Hip hop vs. Non-hip hop: Compositional trends specific to each
  • Notable Shifts: Notable compositional shifts when compared to previous quarters
  • Staying Power: The most popular compositional characteristics for songs that charted in the Top 10 for ten or more weeks
  • #1 Spotlight: The most popular compositional characteristics for Q1 – Q3 2021’s #1 hits
  • New Arrivals: A look at what the songs that are new to the Top 10 in Q3 2021 have in common

Whether you want to work with trends or against them, by staying in tune with today’s hit song landscape, you’ll gain critical insight that can be used to make strategic songwriting, production and business decisions.

In this competitive musical landscape, it's critical to leverage tools that can help you gain an edge for success and maximize your creative output.

Hit Songs Deconstructed helps you do just that!
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Songwriters, composers, engineers, and producers are utilizing Hit Songs Deconstructed to:

  • Hone their craft by studying proven current hits.
  • Continually update their toolbox with the latest writing and production techniques being used in today’s hits as they become available.
  • Understand WHY today’s hits connect with such a wide audience.
  • Gain insight into how to successfully channel unique creativity into commercially viable songs.
  • Develop an instinctual approach to writing songs for mainstream success.
  • Make more targeted pitches to music libraries and production houses who are looking for current sounding music and/or sound-alike’s for spots.
  • Give themselves an edge in a very competitive music industry.

Music industry professionals, such as publishers, labels, music libraries, production houses are using Hit Songs Deconstructed to:

  • Make informed decisions in a fast-paced musical landscape.
  • Stay ahead of the curve by spotting current, evolving, and waning trends.
  • Supplement sales, streaming, engagement, and radio airplay data with insight into the compositional trends behind those numbers.
  • Gain insight into what current hit songs have in common – and what is setting them apart.
  • Identify the key ingredients that are making current chart-topping songs “tick.”
  • Improve communication between creative executives / A&R’s and writers.
  • Quantify gut feelings for hit songwriting trends with factual data.
  • Benchmark new songs and artists against those with a proven track record.

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