UK & US Songwriting Charts (8-23 Dec 2017)

20 December, 2017 in News

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee: the Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree singer in 1977. Pic: Wikimedia Commons/MCA Records/Billy Smith

Festive classics draw their creators back into the charts, with the ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ songwriter taking on hip-hop’s elite

Last week saw the return of Mariah Carey and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff with All I Want For Christmas, but they’re not the only writers benefitting from the holiday season. Johnny Marks, a Songwriters Hall of Fame member since 1981, has made a triumphant return this week to the No 2 spot. Though Marks is Jewish, he is best known for his many Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Silver & Gold. This week, however, it’s Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree and Burl Ive’s version of A Holly Jolly Christmas which earn him his place among the hitmakers.

Also new to the US chart this week are Rogét Chahayed & Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine. Chahayed is part of the all-star songwriting team who co-wrote Halsey’s Bad At Love and Miguel’s Sky Walker. 6ix9ine’s Gummo has been making waves for quite some time, with the help from Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist with over 1.5 million streams. However, it’s the success of Kooda that has led him to take the No 4 spot this week.

US Songwriting Chart (23 December 2017)


RANK SONGWRITER SONG – ARTIST
1 ED SHEERAN Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
End Game – Taylor Swift (ft. Ed Sheeran & Future)
2 JOHNNY MARKS Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
3 SHAYAA ABRAHAM-JOSEPH Bank Account – 21 Savage
Rockstar – Post Malone (ft. 21 Savage)
4 6IX9INE Gummo – 6ix9ine
Kooda – 6ix9ine
5 NATHAN FEUERSTEIN Let You Down – NF
6 AUSTIN POST Candy Paint – Post Malone
I Fall Apart – Post Malone
Rockstar – Post Malone (ft. 21 Savage)
Congratulations – Post Malone (ft. Quavo)
7 LOUIS BELL Rockstar – Post Malone (ft. 21 Savage)
Congratulations – Post Malone (ft. Quavo)
Candy Paint – Post Malone
Wolves – Selena Gomez X Marshmello
8 CHARLIE PUTH & JACOB KASHER Attention – Charlie Puth
How Long – Charlie Puth
9 KHALID ROBINSON 1-800-273-8255 – Logic (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Silence – Marshmello (ft. Khalid)
10 BELCALIS ALMANZAR Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) – Cardi B
No Limit – G-Eazy (ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
MotorSport – Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B

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 December 2017)


RANK SONGWRITER SONG – ARTIST
1 ED SHEERAN Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
End Game – Taylor Swift (ft. Ed Sheeran & Future)
2 GEORGE MICHAEL Last Christmas – Wham
3 MICHAEL DAPAAH Man’s Not Hot – Big Shaq
4 MARC KINCHEN 17 – MK
5 NATHAN FEUERSTEIN Let You Down – NF
6 KHALID ROBINSON Young Dumb & Broke – Khalid
1-800-273-8255 – Logic (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Silence – Marshmello (ft. Khalid)
7 BOB HEATLIE Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
8 DAVE No Words – Dave (ft. Mostack)
9 JASON DERULO Tip Toe – Jason Derulo (ft. French Montana)
10 ROY WOOD I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

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.


Royalty Exchange logo The Hot Hitmakers chart is repurposed with kind permission of Royalty Exchange, the online music royalties marketplace.

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