The Pop chart is similar to the methodology used for our Country Songwriters list except that is is based upon a mix of the most popular songs across all formats. Both charts rank songwriters according to specially designed, proprietary algorithms based upon airplay, digital track sales and streaming. A key premise of the country ranking is that total weekly points earned by each song are split evenly by its number of co-writers, mirroring the way real world revenue streams are paid in the publishing community.
For the Pop songwriter chart we struggled with this premise because when writers get together outside of Nashville, song shares are not routinely split equally among co-writers. However, as we researched the issue we discovered that many of the mainstream music song splits (sometimes with as many as 10 co-writers) are often not agreed upon until months after a song is released and climbing the charts. Therefore, we pragmatically decided to use the same formula for both charts. After creating and studying these Pop lists for several weeks we found they still serve the intended purpose which is to highlight writers who are having success.
Pop Songwriters Chart
Leading the pack this week is Pharrell Williams, sole writer on his epic “Happy” which has been putting smiles everywhere. Williams also co-wrote “Sing” with Ed Sheeran who lands at No. 14. Calvin Harris, rides in the No. 2 spot also via a sole written composition, “Summer.” Max Martin has assists on three songs earning him a Top 10 position and Luke Gottwald rounds out the writers dozen (No. 12) co-writing on songs for Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull.
Nine Nashville-based writers also make an appearance on this weeks debut Pop Top60. Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley earned No. 15 and No. 21 spots respectively. Cole Swindell, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard and Luke Bryan claimed positions 41-44. Look carefully and you’ll find three more Music City scribes…
Top 10 climbers this week are Tom Douglas (No.5), Chris DeStefano (No. 7), Rodney Clawson (No. 8) and B. Simpson (No. 9). Dallas Davidson tops the list for a second consecutive week and Ashley Gorley remains nestled at No. 2. The Biggest Gainer this week is no stranger to chart accolades. Brett James jumps from No. 31 to No. 15 on the strength of “Bottoms Up” and “Something Bad.”
But the best way to learn everything about this week’s lists is to go see them.
Correction: Thanks to Keithan Melton for pointing out we had incorrectly credited Jeffery Hyde as a co-writer for the Swon Brothers track “Later On.” The correct co-writer is Joey Hyde. We have corrected the list which unfortunately moved Jeffery out of the Biggest Gainer spot at the same time and re-edited the above copy. NEKST regrets the error, but is glad to get it right.