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Empower Yourself with Cutting-Edge Tools that Keep You in Tune with the Craft and Trends Driving Today’s Hits

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Hit Songs Deconstructed is the only resource that unites compositional analytics for the Hot 100 Top 10 with analysis of the songwriting and production techniques that went into crafting them.

Your Pro Subscription Includes:

Hit Songs Deconstructed Reports
  • In-depth analysis of chart-topping hits
  • Each comprehensive deconstruction is 100+ pages long
  • Segments are published every two weeks
  • Includes companion DAW Project (Logic)

Hit Song Deconstructions

A Library of 60+ Hit Songs Deconstructed Reports

The Hit Song Deconstructed reports provide unparalleled analysis of today's hits.

Each deconstruction breaks down a current hit to its foundational building blocks and pulls back the curtain on the patterns and science behind how the song was written, produced and arranged.  

Leaving no stone unturned, everything is presented in a clear and concise manner and is complimented with unique Hit Songs Deconstructed visualizations that can be used to assess your own songs for strengths and weaknesses as well.

Among them are the HSD melodic parts tables and graphs, rhyme scheme tables, narrative structure tables, energy graphs, and more.

Each report is published in ten segments every two weeks, and analyzes structure, genres and sub-genre fusion, instruments and arrangement, energy and dynamics, vocal melody, vocal production, lyrics, and rhymes. The last segment features a top 10 benchmark and highlights the most important report takeaways.

By reading these deconstructions, you'll become privy to the same tools and techniques today's hitmakers are using. 

The insight you'll gain will take your craft to the next level, guaranteed.

Downloadable DAWs

A visual roadmap for understanding how today's hits are arranged.

Every Hit Song Deconstruction includes a downloadable DAW project (Logic).

Using empty MIDI regions to visualize the instrumental arrangement, energy, vocal melody and production, structure, select techniques and more, these DAW projects provide you with a visual roadmap for understanding how today’s hits were effectively arranged.

By watching as you listen, you will gain valuable insight into the strategic decisions today’s hitmakers made to help prime their songs for maximum impact, giving you a host of new tools, techniques, and ideas to help take your own songs to the next level.

Hit Songs Deconstructed Logic Projects
Hit Songs Deconstructed Techniques Library
  • New techniques delivered to your inbox every Tuesday
  • Select the songwriting technique you are looking for
  • Use additional filters such as date range, peak chart position, artist, songwriter and more to fine-tune your search
  • Choose a particular song that uses the technique to study
  • Techniques analyses include a detailed explanation of the technique, visualizations, and direct links to the sections of the song where the technique is being used so that you can hear it in action

A Searchable Database of Songwriting Techniques

Fuel your inspiration with the techniques that helped today’s most successful songs become global hits!

This extensive collection houses examples of the most effective techniques found in Hot 100 top 10 hits spanning various genres.

Every Tuesday, you’ll receive an expertly curated technique that has been deconstructed by the Hit Songs Deconstructed team to study. Each technique is accompanied by a detailed explanation, visual aids, and audio clips revealing the what, the why, and the how behind them.


It's the perfect way to continuously hone your craft and incorporate techniques from current chart-toppers into your own music.

Techniques include: Hook Techniques, Intro Techniques, Outro Techniques, Duet/Group Lead Vocal Structure Techniques, Audience Participation Moment Techniques, Energy Techniques, Section Impact Accentuator Techniques, Sub-Genre Fusion Techniques, Chorus Vocal Structure Techniques, Departure Section Techniques, Prosody Techniques, and Rhyme Techniques (with more technique categories to come!)

Hit Song Search

200+ filters to find the exact song you are looking for with the click of a button.

Need reference tracks? Mix and match 200+ compositional filters to find Hot 100 Top 10 songs with very specific compositional characteristics.


In addition, this tool can be used to:

  • See how your song stacks up against proven hits with similar compositional characteristics
  • Get insight for ways to take your song to the next level and/or give it a unique spin
  • Understand the space you are looking to compete in
  • Or simply get inspired!
  • Select your filters and click search
  • Select your song
  • Drill down to a dedicated page with key compositional characteristics, lyrics, Spotify links, the official video, and more


Hit Songs Deconstructed Reference Track Search

Search Filters include:

  • Date Range by Quarter or Year
  • Seasonal Comparisons
  • Peak Chart Position
  • Staying Power (Weeks in the Top 10)
  • New Songs vs. Carryovers
  • Primary Genres
  • Specific Songwriters, Artists, Producers and Labels

Unlike AI-Powered analytics, each song is manually analyzed and every data point is vetted in accordance with HSD's proprietary methodologies for accuracy.

Compositional Analytics

Round out your toolbox with songwriting analytics for today's most successful songs.

Looking for insight into what today's hits have in common? Or want to spot trends on the rise, or in decline? Or need to back up gut feelings with factual data? 

This powerful, fully interactive database provides you with critical insight into how the current musical landscape is evolving with valuable, real-time intelligence on the compositional characteristics of the songs that land in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Hundreds of different searches keep you in tune with what’s driving the Hot 100 Top 10 at the compositional level. Trends are visualized with graphs and tables with each data point linking to a list of the corresponding songs.

Search for trends pertaining to primary genres, sub-genres/influences, instruments, lead vocals (gender, vocal delivery, etc.), lyrics (lyrical theme, title placement and appearances, etc.), song structure (key, tempo, song length, song form, etc.), song sections (intro characteristics, first chorus occurrence, post-chorus types, etc.), and much more.

Save your most important searches to your dashboard for easy access!

Benchmark Tool

Compare and contrast compositional characteristics across songs, artists, songwriters, producers and labels.

This powerful tool gives you the ability to compare and contrast any of the compositional characteristics in The Immersion Database across songs, artists, songwriters, producers and labels.


  • Gain insight into a specific body of work of a particular artist, songwriter, producer or label
  • Understand what compositional characteristics a select group of songs have in common
  • Discover how songs stand out from the pack by going against the grain
  • Make targeted pitches by researching what creates the signature sound of a particular artist, producer, or songwriter

Trend searches include number of songs in the Top 10, weeks in the Top 10, trends for featured artist, genre breakdown, team size, and more.


Searches can be filtered in a multitude of ways including by date range, primary genre, peak chart position, among others.


All search results include links to the corresponding songs and profile pages.

Artist, Songwriter, Producer and Label Database

Stay in tune with the artists, writers, producers, and labels behind today’s hits and the trends behind them.

Every artist, songwriter, producer and label has its own personal profile detailing which artists, songwriters, producers and labels they’ve collaborated with, their compositional profile, charting information and a link to their Twitter and Instagram pages.

Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Reports

The State of the Hot 100 Top 10 Delivered to Your Inbox

Today’s hits are changing faster than ever, from the songwriting and production techniques used to craft them to the influences and instruments shaping their sound. To stay ahead of the curve, it's critical to proactively stay on top of what's driving today’s most successful songs at the compositional level. The Hit Songs Deconstructed trend reports deliver an easy-to-digest snapshot of the trends driving the Hot 100 top 10.

A deconstruction of the most recent quarter's new arrivals, and how they differ from the songs that carried over from the previous quarter.

This report delivers an in-depth look at trends for all the compositional categories we track, including primary genres, sub-genres, lead vocals, lyrical themes, instruments, key, tempo, song length, song structure, and much more.

A deconstruction of the compositional characteristics that are unique to #1 hits.

A deconstruction of the compositional characteristics that are unique to songs that chart for 10+ weeks in the top 10..

Give yourself competitive edge! 

Hit Songs Deconstructed is used by leading songwriters, producers, labels, publishers and universities around the world.

"Spot on with the analysis and relevant to any composer, songwriter, or producer in the game now.”

Dr. O

Producer, Young M.A., Chris Brown, Lil Wayne

“I've found an invaluable ally in Hit Song Deconstructed. It's more than just a resource; it's a window into the mechanics of what makes a song resonate with audiences today."

Sandy Chen

Songwriter, Warner Chappell Music

"I find the site VERY valuable. I’m a fan."

Eric Hurt

VP, A&R Publishing / Nashville at EMPIRE

"Even though I’ve been writing professionally for over ten years, I’ve found several nuggets of gold that have improved my writing already."

Roy Stride

Hit Songwriter, Producer, Artist One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Scouting for Girls

"My entire thought process as a producer, an engineer, a musician, and a songwriter are fleshed out in the pages of the HSD reports."

Prince Charles Alexander

Grammy winning, multi-platinum music producer, mixing engineer and professor at Berklee College of Music

"Hit Songs Deconstructed will equip you with tools that will allow you to make hit songs more consistently."

Lyburn Geldenhuis

A&R/Producer/Songwriter/Mixing Engineer

"ASCAP aims to provide members with a multifaceted toolchest to augment their craft and their careers. Hit Songs Deconstructed is a cutting-edge service that can support our members' creative process with in-depth data and analysis of current songwriting techniques."

Nick Lehman

ASCAP Chief Strategy & Digital Officer

"Hit Songs Deconstructed has really pushed my music to a competitive level. The instructors are at the top of their game, detailed, and cover absolutely everything that's happening in current, charting successful music."

JULAPINK

Pop Recording Artist

"The way songs are broken down is extremely useful in really solidifying your understanding of what's happening in the most popular music, and how you can incorporate it in your own."

Omar Zulfi

Music Artist/Producer, Deviant Noise

"Well done HSD for providing the songwriting community with invaluable information and analysis."

Carl Corcoran

Songwriter/Broadcaster/Industry Consultant/Director of MA Songwriting Irish World Academy University of Limerick, Board Member Music Network Ireland

"As a songwriter, an important part of my job is to analyze what works in successful songs. By identifying the tools that were employed in hits, writers can incorporate them into their own songs--using techniques that have proven successful--while putting their own spin and unique creative angle on them. HSD does the research for me."

Jason Blume

Songwriter w/50 million album sales and top-selling author, Billboard Books

"I have never seen hit songs broken down in such an accurate and detailed way."

Jerome Baylor

Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Topline Writer, Beat Producer

"Whether you want to work with the current trends or against them, HSD is a powerful tool in music production strategy."

Dean Nelson

Director of Music Production, Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology

"HSD provides a great platform for breaking down various aspects of the creative process in the making of a hit song. Powerful tool for learning hit songwriting, production techniques and trends."

Rod Butler

Songwriter/Producer

"I can't stress enough how important HSD is to any serious professional hit songwriter."

Hilton Wright II

Record Producer/Songwriter

"You combined elements I've tried to put together through hours of studies, videos, and books into something straightforward and easy to understand."

Reanne Howell

Songwriter

"Hit Songs Deconstructed is in a class of its own. Shedding in-depth analysis for those ready to consume it. From singer songwriter through production, to industry and market trends. No one does it like HSD."

Andre Jarreau

Songwriter

"If you’re truly serious about being a professional in this business, Hit Songs Deconstructed will put you on that path."

George Haughton

Educator/Songwriter

"I want to thank you for Hit Songs Deconstructed. It has really helped with our writing and arranging.  The leap we have taken has led our music to be play listed at the Yankees, Islanders and also MSG!"

Tyson Harding

Songwriter/Guitarist for Skyfever

"Hit Songs Deconstructed is a great go-to if you’re interested in what makes today’s pop songs tick.  Founders Dave Penn and Yael Penn, experts in music and marketing, break down today’s most popular songs and musical trends."

John Brhel

The Muse's News

"Seriously, I have never seen a site that might be more valuable to me, or the songwriters/musicians on this site. You show the skeleton of a tune, but you also show where the soul of a tune arrives. I have to say I was damned impressed."

Ott Luck

Songwriter

“You have given songwriters a great new tool, the beauty of which is that it reflects current trends.”

John Braheney

Author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting

I highly recommend "Hit Songs Deconstructed". It is an insightful and detailed description of the craft of writing hit music for today's music markets. I read it every month to keep sharp, and ahead of the curve.

David Trotter

Co-Founder, Creative Director, and Producer, Studio 51 Music

"It opened my mind to a more structured approach to the melody writing part of my own songs. The analysis are deep and logical. Everything in this is very helpful."

Paolo Nanni