Here are my pop producer "Max Martin" hit songwriting crib notes:

Survey of #1 hits the past 10 years:

Key of G (the most popular)
113 BPM (the most popular)

||: I | V | vi- | IV :|| the "Let It Be" progression
||: C | G | A- | F :|| in C

Simple lyrics (3rd to 5th-grade level)

Most popular form:
(between 30-60 seconds to arrive at the Chorus)
Intro 4 bars
Verse 8 bars
Pre Chorus 8 bars
Chorus 16 bars
Bridge 8 bars

||: i- iv- | bVII bIII | bVI iv- | v- i- :|| typical
||: C- F- | Bb Eb | Ab F- | G- C- :|| or a variation of

Last edited by RinTin; 06/29/21 06:27 PM.

Harry Likas was the Technical Editor of Mark Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and also helped develop "The Jazz Piano Book." Harry spends his time teaching jazz piano online and playing solo piano gigs.