ASCAP Songwriters Defined the Sound of 2017

January 2, 2018

Click to view our full-size ad in the 2017 Billboard Year-End issue


The Billboard year-end stats are in, and once again, ASCAP’s global crew of songwriting superstars owned the past year. From pop to hip-hop, Latin to R&B, country to EDM and rock to gospel, ASCAP songwriters wrote the international hits that crowned 31 separate song charts in 2017 - and took all 10 of the Top 10 spots on the Hot 100 (see our ad above for a lyric excerpt of each of them).

ASCAP talent was all over the 2017 year-end songwriter charts, too. Our #1-charting songwriters include Ashley Gorley (Hot Country Songs Writer), Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Writer), Daddy Yankee (Hot Latin Songs Writer) and Christopher Brody Brown (Hot R&B Songs Writer); another 14 ASCAP members hit the upper reaches of their respective genre songwriter charts.

Congratulations to our 2017 chart-topping songwriters! Thanks for defining the sound of 2017.


10 Songs in Top 10 on these charts

Billboard Canadian Hot 100

Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

Hot 100

9 Songs in Top 10 on these charts

Country Airplay

Dance/Mix Show Airplay

Hot Latin Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Hot Rap Songs

Latin Rhythm Airplay

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

Rap Airplay

Streaming Songs

8 Songs in Top 10 on these charts

Adult R&B

Alternative Songs

Hot Country Songs

Latin Pop Airplay

Mainstream Top 40

Radio Songs


Ashley Gorley - #1 Hot Country Songs Writer

Drew Taggart (The Chainsmokers) - #1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Writer

Daddy Yankee - #1 Hot Latin Songs Writer

Christopher Brody Brown - #1 Hot R&B Songs Writer

Justin Bieber

Zach Crowell

Calvin Harris

Sam Hunt

Kendrick Lamar

Lil Uzi Vert

Hillary Lindsey

Mike Will Made-It

Offset & Quavo (Migos)

Josh Osborne

Poo Bear

Romeo Santos

Colby Wedgeworth

All data compiled from Billboard's 2017 Year-End charts. Above songwriters made the Top 10 of the Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Hot Country or Hot Latin Charts, or top 3 positions on Dance/Electronic, Hot Rap or Hot R&B Songwriter charts.


Christopher Brody Brown - #1 Hot R&B Songs Producer

James “JJ” Hairston- #1 Hot Gospel Songs Producer

Dann Huff - #1 Hot Country Songs Producer

Mattman & Robin (STIM) - #1 Hot Rock Songs Producers

Mike Will Made-It - #1 on the Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & #1 Hot Rap Songs Producer Charts

Mauricio Rengifo - #1 Hot Latin Songs Producer

Drew Taggart - #1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Producer

Colby Wedgeworth - #1 Hot Christian Songs Producer



“Believer” by Imagine Dragons
ASCAP writers: Mattman & Robin (STIM)
#1 on Alternative Songs, Hot Rock Songs

“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
ASCAP writers: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne
#1 on Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
ASCAP writers: Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee, Poo Bear
#1 on Hot Digital Song Sales, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Streaming Songs

“Do I Do” by Peter White
ASCAP writer: Stevie Wonder 
#1 on Smooth Jazz Songs

“Even If” by MercyMe 
ASCAP writers: David Garcia, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis
#1 on Christian AC Songs, Christian Airplay

“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
ASCAP writers: Zach Carothers, Georgia Dobbins, Freddie Gorman, John Gourley, Eric Howk, Jason Sechrist, Asa Taccone
#1 on Triple A Songs

“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
ASCAP writers: Kendrick Lamar, Mike Will Made-It
#1 on Hot Rap Songs, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Airplay Songs

“Regresa Hermosa” by Gerardo Ortiz
ASCAP writers: Jose Del Villar, Gerardo Ortiz, Gerardo Valenzuela
#1 on Regional Mexican Airplay

“Rico Suave” by J Alvarez
ASCAP writers: J Alvarez, Luis Angel O’Neill 
#1 on Tropical Airplay Songs

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
ASCAP writers: Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle, Steve Mac (PRS)
#1 on Adult Top 40, Billboard Canadian Hot 100, DanceMix Show Airplay Songs, Hot 100 Songs, Mainstream Top 40 Songs, Radio Songs

“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
ASCAP writers: Drew Taggart, Coldplay
#1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

“Song #3” by Stone Sour
ASCAP writers: John Bechtel, Roy Mayorga, Josh Rand, Corey Taylor
#1 on Mainstream Rock Airplay

“That's What I Like” by Bruno Mars
ASCAP writers: Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Jerm Beatz & RaCharm (Stereotypes)
#1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Songs

“You Deserve It” by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise
ASCAP writers: JJ Hairston, J. Cortez Vaughn
#1 on Gospel Airplay Songs, Hot Gospel Songs

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