Introducing Our New ASCAP Member Benefit: Hit Songs Deconstructed

October 26, 2018


Songwriters know better than anyone that hit songs rarely just fall out of the sky. That latest three-and-a-half minute opus of yours is the product of countless creative decisions, from the contour of your verse melody to choosing the right BPM, from where to use falsetto in your chorus to the perfect rhyme for “moon.”

But what if you could dig deeper into all the possibilities and map out an individual song’s DNA? What if you could understand what today’s hits have in common on a compositional level, and figure out how to spice up your own songs with techniques used by today’s most successful writers and producers?

That’s exactly what you can do with our new ASCAP Member Benefits partner, Hit Songs Deconstructed. HSD offers a treasure trove of analysis tools and trend reports for the songs on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, stretching back to 2013. And as an ASCAP member, you get a three-month membership (valued at more than $130) for free.

What do you get with your free membership?

  • A fully interactive database of everything you could ever want to know about the structure and composition of songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. 

    Ever wonder how the instrumentation you choose is correlated with your song’s success? Or what types of lyrics are growing in popularity? Or how pre-choruses have changed over time? HSD lets you search by over 200 criteria - just think of all the songwriting trends you can dig up.
  • An archive of hit songwriting techniques culled from today’s biggest hits. 

    From hook-writing to structuring duets, you’ll get helpful how-tos and examples of a variety of techniques that’ll hook your listeners and leave them wanting more.

  • A library of ridiculously detailed song analysis reports and videos.

    This is where you find out what makes a specific song tick. HSD’s PRO Videos disassemble the building blocks of a hit song, diving deep into the harmony, melody, instrumentation, lyrics, song structure, you name it. They explain how all these elements work and cohere, then analyze how the song fits into (or departs from) wider songwriting trends. It’s like a window into the individual neurons of your favorite songwriters.

  • Quarterly trend reports.

    The musical landscape is ginormous and ever-changing. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a top-level overview of how your listeners’ appetite for music is evolving, and what sorts of songwriting techniques and qualities are becoming more or less prominent? HSD’s quarterly trend reports compile an entire quarter’s worth of data about the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, and extract the most important compositional and industry-related trends. Here’s an example:




So there you have it. Whether you’re a songwriter hoping to fine-tune your craft, a producer looking to update your sound or a publisher looking to strategize your next business move, Hit Songs Deconstructed offers a host of resources. Get started with your free membership by logging in to your ASCAP Member Access account today.

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