ASCAP Members Wrote the Music With the Most in 2021

December 21, 2021

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From the very first #1 song of 2021 (Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”) to the current #1 “Easy on Me” (co-written and produced by ASCAP writer-producer Greg Kurstin), ASCAP members were behind the most popular, impactful music of the year

The ASCAP family wrote and published #1 songs on 37 separate Billboard Year-End Charts, dominating Spotify’s most-streamed songs and albums rankings and setting world records in the process. 

ASCAP members made big statements on the world stage in 2021. They sang at the presidential inauguration, headlined the Super Bowl and turned in electrifying performances at major festivals. And ASCAP composers’ music soundtracked the biggest screen entertainment of the year, including the best-selling video game of the year, the year’s top 3 box office hits and every one of the top 10 most-watched Netflix series of 2021.

We watched proudly as our members won Grammys and Oscars, Primetime and Daytime Emmys, CMA Awards and World Soundtrack Awards. They were honored with the Pulitzer Prize and Gaudeamus Prize, named NEA Jazz Masters and Kennedy Center Honorees, and inducted into the Rock & Roll and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

And when they weren’t making music in 2021, ASCAP members showed that music can make a difference. They raised their voices and showed their pride. They shared their cultural histories, passed their wisdom onto others and advocated for the rights of music creators in Washington. Over and over, they used their talent and their platforms to change the world.




OLIVIA RODRIGO - #1 Hot 100 Songwriter

DAN NIGRO - #1 Hot 100 Producer

FINNEAS - #1 Hot Rock & Alt Producer, #1 Hot Alternative Producer

ASHLEY GORLEY - #1 Hot Country Songwriters

GREG KURSTIN - #1 Hot Hard Rock Songs Producer

LIL BABY #1 Hot Rap Songwriter

NATE RHOADS - #1 Hot R&B Songs Producer

WOLFGANG VAN HALEN - #1 Hot Hard Rock Songwriter

MATTHEW WEST#1 Hot Christian Songwriter

Aaron Dessner
Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish
Corey Crowder

DaHeala (SOCAN)
Dua Lipa

Jhay Cortez
Johnny Marks
Jordan Fish & Oli Sykes (Bring Me the Horizon) (PRS)
Josh Osborne
Justin Bieber
Kevin Churko
Lil Durk
Max Martin (STIM)
Oscar Holter (STIM)
Polo G
Tyson Trax/Made in China
The Weeknd (SOCAN)

Based on Billboard’s year-end data, above songwriters made the top 25 Hot 100 Songwriters Chart, Top 10 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Top 10 Hot Country, Top 10 Hot Latin or top 5 positions on Hot Alternative, Hot Christian, Hot Rap, Hot Hard Rock Songwriter charts. Also includes #1 position on Producer Charts.


“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
ASCAP Writers: Belly (SOCAN), DaHeala (SOCAN), Oscar Holter (STIM), Max Martin (STIM), The Weeknd (SOCAN)
#1 Adult Contemporary Songs
#1 R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming
#1 R&B Streaming Songs

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
ASCAP Writer: Freddie Mercury (PRS)
#1 Hard Rock Streaming Songs

“Butter” by BTS
ASCAP Writers: Jenna Andrews (SOCAN), Alex Bilo, Sebastian Garcia, RM (KOMCA)
#1 Digital Song Sales

“Dakiti” by Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez
ASCAP Writers: Jhay Cortez, Gabriel Mora
#1 Hot Latin Songs
#1 Latin Streaming Songs

“Damage” by H.E.R.
ASCAP Writers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis
#1 R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

“De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta” by Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony
ASCAP Writers: Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Raphy Pina, Elena Rose
#1 Tropical Airplay

“Famous Friends” by Chris Lane + Kane Brown
ASCAP Writer: Corey Crowder
#1 Country Airplay

“Follow You” by Imagine Dragons
ASCAP Writers: Elley Duhé, Fran Hall
#1 Rock Airplay

“Good God Almighty” by CROWDER
ASCAP Writers: Crowder, Ben Glover
#1 Christian AC Airplay Songs
#1 Christian Airplay

“Goosebumps” by Travis Scott & HVME
ASCAP Writer: Cardo
#1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

“Hawái” by Maluma & The Weeknd
ASCAP Writers: Bull Nene, Jowan, KEITYN, Miky La Sensa, Andrés Uribe, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
#1 Latin Airplay
#1 Latin Rhythm Airplay

“Hurricane” by Kanye West
ASCAP Writer: Malik Yusef Jones, Lil Baby, Daniel Seeff, The Weeknd (SOCAN)
#1 Gospel Streaming Songs
#1 Hot Gospel Songs

“In Spite of Me” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
ASCAP Writer: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
#1 Gospel Airplay

“Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic
ASCAP Writer: Brody Brown
#1 Adult R&B Airplay Songs
#1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
#1 Hot R&B Songs

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa
ASCAP Writers: Clarence Coffee, DaBaby, Sarah Hudson, Koz (SOCAN), Dua Lipa
#1 Adult Pop Airplay Songs
#1 Billboard Global Songs
#1 Hot 100 Songs
#1 Pop Airplay
#1 Radio Songs

#1 Streaming Songs

“My Ex’s Best Friend” by Machine Gun Kelly x blackbear
ASCAP Writers: Travis Barker, blackbear
#1 Rock Streaming Songs

“Rapstar” by Polo G
ASCAP Writers: Polo G, Murda Beatz (SOCAN)
#1 Rap Streaming Songs

“Sentimental Soul” by Jeff Ryan
ASCAP Writers: Darren Rahn, Jeff Ryan
#1 Smooth Jazz Songs

“Teardrops” by Bring Me the Horizon
ASCAP Writers: Jordan Fish (PRS), Oli Sykes (PRS)
#1 Mainstream Rock Songs

“Todo De Ti” by Rauw Alejandro
ASCAP Writers: Eric Duars, Rafa Pabón
#1 Latin Pop Airplay

“What You Know Bout Love” by Pop Smoke
ASCAP Writers: Ginuwine, Troy Oliver
#1 Rap Airplay
#1 Rhythmic Songs

“You Say” by Lauren Daigle
ASCAP Writer: Bebo Norman
#1 Christian Streaming Songs

“You’re Mines Still” by Yung Bleu (feat. Drake)
ASCAP Writer: Nate Rhoads
#1 Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop


10 out of Top 10 songs on these Billboard year-end charts
Adult Contemporary Songs
Latin Pop Airplay Songs
Radio Songs
Rhythmic Airplay
R&B Streaming Songs

9 out of Top 10 songs on these Billboard year-end charts
Adult Pop Airplay Songs
Hot Alternative Songs
Hot Latin Songs
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Hot R&B Songs
Hot 100 Songs
Latin Airplay
Latin Rhythm Airplay
Latin Streaming Songs
Pop Airplay
Rap Airplay Songs

8 out of Top 10 songs on these Billboard year-end charts
Billboard Global Songs
Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs
Dance/Mix Show Airplay Songs
Hot Dance/Electronic Songs
Hot Rap Songs
Hot Rock and Alternative Songs
Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Rap Streaming Songs
R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs
Rock Airplay Songs

Congratulations to ASCAP’s 2021 Billboard chart-topping songwriters and producers – and to all of our 850,000 members – for giving us music with the most heart, soul and impact in 2021!