Song Writers – Just 5% of today’s best-selling songs are written solely by their performer

SFHH (LOGO)Just one in 20 of the UK’s best-selling tracks in 2012 were both soley written and performed by the same act, Music Week research shows.

In the Official Top 100 Singles of 2012, 90% involved at least some additional songwriting to the recording act, whilst 5% were cover versions.

That left just five of the top 100 sellers penned by the artist/s alone – including The Lumineers (pictured, Ho Hey), Swedish House Mafia (Greyhound), Sam and the Womp (Bom Bom) and Calvin Harris & Example (We’ll be Coming Back).

Some cases see artists write up to 95% of the track – for example, if producer Brian Eno contributes to a Coldplay song.

However, the Top 10-selling tracks of the year, which you can see below, were all either cover versions or songs that had multiple song-writing credits.

The highest-selling track written solely by the artist was Rudimental & John Newman (Feel The Love), which was the 15th biggest single of 2012, according to Official Charts Company data.

  1. Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know (Island)
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe (Interscope/Polydor)
  3. Fun feat Janelle Monae, We Are Young (Atlantic/Fulled By Ramen)
  4. David Guetta, Titanium (Parlophone)
  5. James Arthur, Impossible (Syco/Sony)
  6. Psy, Gangnam Style (Island)
  7. Nicki Minaj, Starships (Cash Money/Island)
  8. Jessie J, Domino (Lava/Island)
  9. Maroon 5, Payphone (A&M/Octone/Polydor)
  10. Flo Rida, Wild Ones (Atlantic)

Source: Official Charts Company

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