Hit Songs Deconstructed recently released its Q3 Trend Brief, which details the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.
In Q3, there were 23 songs that landed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 and only two that peaked at #1: Despacito & Look What You Made Me Do.
After surpassing Pop in Q2 with 40% of the Top 10, Hip Hop and Pop tied in Q3, accounting for 30% of songs, each. However, Hip Hop as an influence rose to a new high, influencing 78% of all songs both within and outside the Hip Hop/Rap primary genre. The two #1 hits, Despacito and Look What You Made Me Do, stem from the Latin and Pop genres, respectively.
Men continued to dominate the Top 10 with 70% of all songs featuring exclusively male lead vocals. Only 13% of songs in Q3 featured exclusively female leads.
Minor keys surged in prominence and the popularity of claps/snaps held steady, being utilized in 78% of Top 10 songs such as Believer, Body Like a Back Road and I’m the One, to name a few.
Larger songwriting teams were still by far the most prominent, with 83% of songs featuring four or more credited writers.
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