US Songwriting Chart – 7 January 2017

José Feliciano
José Feliciano

José Feliciano: this week’s highest new entry with Feliz Navidad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nationaal Archief

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

While J. Cole continued his No 1 spot atop the list of the week’s top songwriters, as expected two new Christmas songs leveraged the holiday cheer push to make their debuts. José Feliciano entered at No 11 with his seminal classic Feliz Navidad, while the late George Michael entered at No 13 with the now more poignant Last Christmas. Meanwhile, Johnny Marks rocketed up to No. 2 with Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

Finally, Radric Davis – better known as Gucci Mane – entered at No 20 with writing credits on three hits performed by three different artists: Chris Brown, Rae Sremmurd and himself.

1JERMAINE COLE4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole
Change – J. Cole
Déjà Vu – J. Cole
Foldin Clothes – J. Cole
For Whom The Bell Tolls – J. Cole
Immortal – J. Cole
Neighbors – J. Cole
She’s Mine Pt.1 – J. Cole
Ville Mentality – J. Cole
2 JOHNNY MARKSRockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
3 TYLER JOSEPHHeathens – Twenty One Pilots
4 GREG KURSTINCheap Thrills – Sia (f. Sean Paul)
The Greatest – Sia (f. Kendrick Lamar)
Water Under The Bridge – Adele
5 LIN-MANUEL MIRANDAHow Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara & Auli’I Cravalho
You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson
6LEONARD COHENHallelujah – Pentatonix
7LELAND WAYNENo 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)
8 TAYLOR SWIFTBetter Man – Little Big Town
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) – Zayn/Taylor Swift
Fake Love – Drake
Sneakin’ – Drake (f. 21 Savage)
Used To This – Future (f. Drake)
10 SIA FURLERCheap Thrills – Sia (f. Sean Paul)
The Greatest – Sia (f. Kendrick Lamar)
11JOSÉ FELICIANOFeliz Navidad – José Feliciano
12 NAYVADIUS WILBURNX – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (f. Future)
Too Much Sauce – DJ ESCO (f. Future & Lil Uzi Vert)
Do You Mind – DJ Khaled (f. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown & August Alsina)
Used To This – Future (f. Drake)
13GEORGE MICHAELLast Christmas – Wham!
14 JAMES MCCALL & JONATHAN LEWISJuju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
15 SCOTT HARRISTreat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (f. Daya)
16 ABEL TESFAYE & MARTIN MCKINNEYParty Monster – The Weeknd
Reminder – The Weeknd
Six Feet Under – The Weeknd
I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd (f. Daft Punk)
Starboy – The Weeknd (f. Daft Punk)
Sidewalks – The Weeknd (f. Kendrick Lamar)
18 ANDREW TAGGARTDon’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (f. Daya)
Closer – The Chainsmokers (f. Halsey)
All We Know – The Chainsmokers (f. Phoebe Ryan)
19 HILLARY LINDSEYDirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
20RADRIC DAVISParty – Chris Brown (f. Usher & Gucci Mane)
Both – Gucci Mane (f. Drake)
Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (f. Gucci Mane)

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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