UK & US Songwriting Charts (8-16 Sep 2017)

16 September, 2017 in News

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift: regains her songwriting throne. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

Assisted by Royalty Exchange, we recognise the most successful songwriters behind the biggest hits on both sides of the Atlantic

It’s no secret that Taylor Swift withdrew from streaming services prior to the release of her fifth album, 1989, accusing these services of undervaluing the art of the album. However, a new stance has since been taken by the songwriter, her entire catalog recently returned to Spotify and other such services in advance of the long-awaited reputation.

In the months since this return, Taylor’s back catalog has seen an incredible leap in the charts, streaming having also contributed to the success of her two newest singles, Look What You Made Me Do and …Ready For It? In fact, Look broke the female weekly streaming record and ended the 16-week No 1 streak of Despacito.

Also new to the chart this week is Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons. Hailed as the next go-to pop songwriter, he joins the US Songwriting Chart as a co-writer with Imagine Dragons and Justin Bieber, but it’s Halsey’s new Bad At Love which cemented his position. While an experienced writer herself, pop songwriters like Halsey have come to rely on those like Tranter to better express the vulnerability inherent in music.

US Songwriting Chart (16 September 2017)


RANK SONGWRITER SONG – ARTIST
1 JAHSEH ONFROY Roll In Peace – Kodak Black (ft. XXXTENTACION)
Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares – XXXTENTACION
Jocelyn Flores – XXXTENTACION
Revenge – XXXTENTACION
F**k Love – XXXTENTACION (ft. Trippie Redd)
2 MICHAEL WILLIAMS II Unforgettable – French Montana (ft. Swae Lee)
Perplexing Pegasus – French Montana (ft. Swae Lee)
DNA – Kendrick Lamar
Humble – Kendrick Lamar
Rake It Up – Yo Gotti (ft. Nicki Minaj)
3 BELCALIS ALMANZAR Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) – Cardi B
4 SHAYAA ABRAHAM-JOSEPH Bank Account – 21 Savage
5 SYMERE WOODS Dark Queen – Lil Uzi Vert
Sauce It Up – Lil Uzi Vert
444+222 – Lil Uzi Vert
The Way Life Goes – Lil Uzi Vert
Two – Lil Uzi Vert
Neon Guts – Lil Uzi Vert (ft. Pharrell Williams)
6 KHALID ROBINSON Location – Khalid
1-800-273-8255 – Logic (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Silence – Marshmello (ft. Khalid)
7 TAY-K The Race – Tay-K
8 KENDRICK LAMAR Humble – Kendrick Lamar
Loyalty – Kendrick Lamar (ft. Rihanna)
9 CHARLIE PUTH & JACOB KASHER Attention – Charlie Puth
10 TAYLOR SWIFT …Ready For It? – Taylor Swift
Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
11 SWAE LEE & FRENCH MONTANA Unforgettable – French Montana (ft. Swae Lee)
12 QUAVIOUS MARSHALL I’m The One – DJ Khaled (ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Little Wayne)
I Get That Bag – Gucci Mane (ft. Migos)
Strip That Down – Liam Payne (ft. Quavo)
Congratulations – Post Malone (ft. Quavo)
13 STEVE MAC What About Us – P!nk
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Strip That Down – Liam Payne (ft. Quavo)
14 LELAND WAYNE Mask Off – Future
I Get That Bag – Gucci Mane (ft. Migos)
Congratulations – Post Malone (ft. Quavo)
X – Lil Uzi Vert
15 BRYAN SIMMONS XO Tour Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert
16 ONIKA MARAJ Swish Swish – Katy Perry (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Rake It Up – Yo Gotti (ft. Nicki Minaj)
17 JOHNNY MCDAID Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
What About Us – P!nk
18 JUSTIN TRANTER Bad At Love – Halsey
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Friends – Justin Bieber & BloodPop
19 JOSH OSBORNE All The Pretty Girls – Kenny Chesney
Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
20 LUDWIG GÖRANSSON & DONALD GLOVER Redbone – Childish Gambino

Every track charting on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week is given a point value, which is then split equally among the songwriters listed for each, and then ranked in order of those totals.

UK Songwriting Chart (8 September 2017)


RANK SONGWRITER SONG – ARTIST
1 MEGAN MCKENNA Far Cry From Love – Megan McKenna
High Heeled Shoes – Megan McKenna
2 STEVE MAC Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Strip That Down – Liam Payne (ft. Quavo)
What About Us – Pink
Your Song – Rita Ora
3 YXNG BANE Bestie – Yungen (ft. Yxng Bane)
Rihanna – Yxng Bane
4 ED SHEERAN Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Strip That Down – Liam Payne (ft. Quavo)
Your Song – Rita Ora
5 JUSTIN TRANTER If I’m Lucky – Jason Derulo
Issues – Julia Michaels
Friends – Justin Bieber & Bloodpop
6 J HUS Spirit – J Hus
7 KHALID ROBINSON Young Dumb & Broke – Khalid
1-800-273-8255 – Logic (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Silence – Marshmello (ft. Khalid)
8 BENJAMIN LEVIN Lonely Together – Avicii (ft. Rita Ora)
Crying In The Club – Camila Cabello
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Issues – Julia Michaels
Know No Better – Major Lazer (ft. Scott/Cabello)
9 FRENCH MONTANA Unforgettable – French Montana (ft. Swae Lee)
Hurtin’ Me – Stefflon Don & French Montana
10 CAMILLE PURCELL Reggaeton Lento (Remix) – CNCO & Little Mix
Power – Little Mix
Rain – The Script
11 JUSTIN BIEBER 2U – David Guetta (ft. Justin Bieber)
Friends – Justin Bieber & Bloodpop
Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
12 JOHNNY MCDAID Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
What About Us – P!nk
13 TAYLOR SWIFT Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
…Ready For It? – Taylor Swift
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
14 EMILY WARREN Boys – Charli XCX
New Rules – Dua Lipa
15 JAHSEH ONFROY Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares – XXXTENTACION
Jocelyn Flores – XXXTENTACION
16 JULIA MICHAELS Issues – Julia Michaels
Friends – Justin Bieber & Bloodpop
Either Way – Snakehips & Anne-Marie (ft. Joey Badass)
17 BELCALIS ALMANZAR Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) – Cardi B
18 CASS LOWE Boys – Charli XCX
Sun Comes Up – Rudimental (ft. James Arthur)
19 YUNGEN Bestie – Yungen (ft. Yxng Bane)
20 BRITTANY HAZZARD Feels – Calvin Harris (ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean)
Swish Swish – Katy Perry (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Know No Better – Major Lazer (ft. Scott/Cabello)

Every track charting on the UK’s Official Singles Chart for the week is given a point value, which is then split equally among the songwriters listed for each, and then ranked in order of those totals.


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