A look at the latest trends in the top tier for the first quarter of 2020, as analyzed by Hit Songs Deconstructed.
What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in the first quarter of 2020?
On Friday (May 1), Hit Songs Deconstructed — which analyzes the compositional characteristics of top 10 Hot 100 hits — released highlights of its full Q1 2020 State of the Hot 100 Top 10 report.
Here are three key takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed’s in-depth research:
Pop still on top. In Q1 2020, 57% of all Hot 100 top 10s belonged to the pop genre, well ahead of 35% for runner-up hip-hop.
Pop’s share of Hot 100 top 10s so far in 2020 continues its rise from 2019, when it boasted a 48% mark and surpassed hip-hop for top honors among all genres for the first time since 2016. Pop’s gain last year doubled its 24% share of all top 10s in 2018.
While Roddy Ricch’s hip-hop smash “The Box” banked the longest Hot 100 reign in Q1 2020 (11 weeks), pop’s presence in the top 10 was bolstered by hits from acts including Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Maroon 5, Post Malone and Harry Styles.
All write. Songwriting teams of five or more contributors continued to be the most common type for Hot 100 top 10s in Q1 2020, having claimed a 57% majority.
That sum is fairly consistent with stakes of 60% for all of 2019 and 47% for 2018.
The lone song written by one person to have swung into the top 10 for the first time since January? “Dance Monkey,” by Tones and I (aka, Toni Watson).
Sign of the times. The average length of a top 10 Hot 100 hit rose in Q1 2020, although only slightly, to 3 minutes and 17 seconds.
The average runtime for top 10s in 2019 was 3:10, noticeably down from 3:44 in 2018.
(If only Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul” had hit the Hot 100’s top 10, Q1 2020’s figure would look quite different.)