The Hit Songs Deconstructed Q1 2018 Trend Report

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Hit Songs Deconstructed recently released its Q1 2018 Quarterly Trend Report, which details the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

  • In Q1, there were 26 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, three of which charted at #1 during the quarter – God’s Plan, Havana and Perfect
  • Hip Hop’s prominence as a primary genre reached new heights in Q1 increasing from 32% of songs in Q4 to 46% in Q1
  • Hip Hop as an influence shaping the sound and vibe of songs both within and outside of the Hip Hop/Rap primary genre, it was featured in 85% of all Top 10 hits, including two-thirds of Pop songs
  • Pop as a primary genre dropped to just 23% of songs
  • The once popular Tropical influence dropped to its lowest level of prominence since Q2 2015, playing a role in just 4% of songs.
  • 54% of songs feature exclusively male lead vocals, compared to only 19% that feature exclusively female vocals
  • Approximately half of Q1 hits feature multiple lead vocalists
  • A combination of sung and rapped vocals were the most popular for the third straight quarter
  • First choruses averaged on the earlier end of the spectrum thanks especially to the Hip Hop genre
  • Post choruses were the least popular they’ve been in years

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