US Songwriting Chart – 4 February 2017

Sam Hollander
Sam Hollander

Sam Hollander: songwriter of Fitz And The Tantrums’ HandClap. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Rohankohli86

Our Hot Hitmakers partnership with Royalty Exchange recognises the top songwriters behind the biggest hits on this week’s Hot 100

Having published the US Songwriting Chart for a few months now, we’re starting to see some trends emerge around how songwriters make and stay on the list. For starters, being credited as the sole songwriter behind a track is an almost surefire path to consistency. Tyler Joseph (from twenty one pilots) and Sam Hollander (writer of HandClap) are two examples. It’s increasingly rare to see a single songwriting credit anymore, and claiming such earns the songwriter the full total of points assigned to each song on the Billboard Hot 100. So that’s a major achievement.

But if exclusivity isn’t possible, then variety can make up for it. Songwriters with credit across multiple songs or artists, such as Greg Kurstin and Ashley Gorley, also find themselves a regular spot on the chart. Top songwriters are in high demand, and as such often work with a wide artists across genre. Take a look…

1 GREG KURSTINWater Under The Bridge – Adele
The Greatest – Sia (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Cheap Thrills – Sia (ft. Sean Paul)
2 TAYLOR SWIFTBetter Man – Little Big Town
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) – Zayn/Taylor Swift
3 LIN-MANUEL MIRANDAHow Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara
How Far I’ll Go – Auli’i Cravalho
You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson
4 LELAND WAYNEX – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (ft. Future)
No Heart – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Bounce Back – Big Sean
Both – Gucci Mane (ft. Drake)
Bad And Boujee – Migos (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
Congratulations – Post Malone (ft. Quavo)
5 TYLER JOSEPHHeathens – Twenty One Pilots
6 ED SHEERANCastle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Cold Water – Major Lazer/Justin Bieber/MO
7 ANDREW TAGGARTParis – The Chainsmokers
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (ft. Daya)
Closer – The Chainsmokers (ft. Halsey)
All We Know – The Chainsmokers (ft. Phoebe Ryan)
8 JERMAINE COLEDéjà Vu – J. Cole
Neighbors – J. Cole
9 AUBREY GRAHAMFake Love – Drake
Sneakin’ – Drake (ft. 21 Savage)
Used To This – Future (ft. Drake)
Both – Gucci Mane (ft. Drake)
10ASHLEY GORLEYA Guy With A Girl – Blake Shelton
Today – Brad Paisley
Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood
Black – Dierks Bentley
Dirt On My Boots – Jon Pardi
11 SIA FURLERThe Greatest – Sia (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Cheap Thrills – Sia (ft. Sean Paul)
12 MILES MCCOLLUMBroccoli – D.R.A.M (ft. Lil Yachty)
iSpy – KYLE (ft. Lil Yachty)
13 SCOTT HARRISTreat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (ft. Daya)
14 SAM HOLLANDERHandClap – Fitz And The Tantrums
15 ABEL TESFAYE & MARTIN MCKINNEYParty Monster – The Weeknd
Starboy – The Weeknd (ft. Daft Punk)
I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd (ft. Daft Punk)
16 STEVE MACRockabye – Clean Bandit
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
17 RADRIC DAVISParty – Chris Brown (ft. Usher & Gucci Mane)
Both – Gucci Mane (ft. Drake)
Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (ft. Gucci Mane)
18 SHAWN MENDES & TEDDY GEIGERTreat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Mercy – Shawn Mendes
19 BENJAMIN LEVINCastle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Cold Water – Major Lazer/Justin Bieber/MO

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 logoThe Hot Hitmakers chart is repurposed with kind permission of Royalty Exchange, the online music royalties marketplace –

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