Hip-Hop continued to dominate Billboard's Hot 100 in the first half of 2018.
According to Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Mid-Year Trend Report, Hip-Hop accounted for 55% of Billboard’s Top 10 tracks in the first half of 2018, a 37% increase on last year.
Drake wore the Number 1 crown the most during the period, with two number 1 hits, which spent a total of 18 weeks at the top spot.
In the first half of 2018, ‘44 tracks, 45 performing artists and 154 credited songwriters’ made the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Alongside Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”, three other Hip Hop tracks reached number 1, courtesy of XXXTentacion, Post Malone and Childish Gambino.
As well as dominating Billboard’s Top 10, Hip-Hop also influenced tracks outside of the genre. According to the report, Hip-Hop played a role in 75% of the Top 10 tracks during the first half of 2018, a 42% increase on the same period last year.
Following the success of melodic and introspective rappers, Post Malone and Travis Scott, high flying newcomer Juice WRLD is a prime example of a new star releasing music with both sung and rapped vocals. This style of rap has continued to grow in the first half of 2018, accounting for around half of Billboard’s Top 10 tracks in Q1 and Q2.
“The Hit Songs Deconstructed Mid-Year Trend Report provides an in-depth look at the compositional trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during the first half of 2018”.