US Songwriting Chart – 14 January 2017

11 January, 2017 in News

George Michael

George Michael: posthumously claims the top spot on this week’s chart. Photo: PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings

George Michael’s songwriting legacy tops this week’s chart recognising the songwriters behind the biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100

George Michael was celebrated as not only a dynamic performer, but a gifted songwriter. His tragic passing on Christmas Day unsurprisingly sparked a surge in streaming and sales activity that led to several of his classic songs returning to the Billboard Hot 100. With either sole or half writing credit on them all, it seems almost poetic justice that he would posthumously claim the top spot on this week’s chart recognising the top songwriters of the week, in memory and appreciation of a far larger body of work over the years.

RANK SONGWRITER SONG – ARTIST
1 GEORGE MICHAEL Last Christmas – Wham!
Faith – George Michael
Careless Whisper – Wham! (f. George Michael)
2 JERMAINE COLE Déjà Vu – J. Cole
Immortal – J. Cole
Neighbors – J. Cole
3 GREG KURSTIN Cheap Thrills – Sia (f. Sean Paul)
The Greatest – Sia (f. Kendrick Lamar)
Water Under The Bridge – Adele
4 TYLER JOSEPH Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
5 LELAND WAYNE No Heart – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
X – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (f. Future)
Bounce Back – Big Sean
Bad And Boujee – Migos (f. Lil Uzi Vert)
Both – Gucci Mane (f. Drake)
6 TAYLOR SWIFT Better Man – Little Big Town
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) – Zayn/Taylor Swift
7 LEONARD COHEN Hallelujah – Pentatonix
8 AUBREY GRAHAM Both – Gucci Mane (f. Drake)
Fake Love – Drake
Sneakin’ – Drake (f. 21 Savage)
Used To This – Future (f. Drake)
9 NAYVADIUS WILBURN X – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (f. Future)
Too Much Sauce – DJ ESCO (f. Future & Lil Uzi Vert)
Used To This – Future (f. Drake)
10 SIA FURLER Cheap Thrills – Sia (f. Sean Paul)
The Greatest – Sia (f. Kendrick Lamar)
11 ASHLEY GORLEY A Guy With A Girl – Blake Shelton
Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood
Dirt On My Boots – Jon Pardi
12 JAMES MCCALL & JONATHAN LEWIS Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
13 SCOTT HARRIS Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (f. Daya)
14 SHAWN MENDES & TEDDY GEIGER Mercy – Shawn Mendes
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
15 HILLARY LINDSEY Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
16 SHAYAA JOSEPH No Heart – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
X – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (f. Future)
Sneakin’ – Drake (f. 21 Savage)
17 ADAM DANIEL & IRVIN MEJIA Caroline – Aminé
18 ANDREW TAGGART Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (f. Daya)
Closer – The Chainsmokers (f. Halsey)
All We Know – The Chainsmokers (f. Phoebe Ryan)
19 RADRIC DAVIS Party – Chris Brown (f. Usher & Gucci Mane)
Both – Gucci Mane (f. Drake)
Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (f. Gucci Mane)
Black Barbies – Nicki Minaj & Mike Will Made It
20 MATTHEW NORRISH JACOBSON & KATORAH MARRERO OOOUUU – Young M.A.

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.


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

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