The Year In Charts 2021: Daniel Nigro Is the Top Hot 100 Producer
Daniel Nigro caps 2021 as the No. 1 Hot 100 Producer of the year, thanks to his work with Olivia Rodrigo and her string of hit singles on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. The producer…
Daniel Nigro caps 2021 as the No. 1 Hot 100 Producer of the year, thanks to his work with Olivia Rodrigo and her string of hit singles on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The producer and songwriter, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the indie rock band As Tall As Lions in the early 2000s, produced 11 Billboard Hot 100-charting hits during the 2021 chart eligibility period, all of which were by Rodrigo.
All 11 of those tracks reached the top 40 of the Hot 100 while two, “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U,” reached No. 1.
Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 21, 2020, through Nov. 13, 2021. The rankings for MRC Data-based recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by MRC Data.
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Here’s a recap of where each song peaked on the Hot 100, with additional co-producers in parentheses (Rodrigo is the sole credited artist on each track):
Peak Position, Track (credited producers in addition to Nigro)
No. 1, “Drivers License”
No. 1, “Good 4 U” (Alexander 23)
No. 3, “Deja Vu”
No. 9, “Traitor”
No. 12, “Brutal”
No. 14, “Enough For You” (Olivia Rodrigo)
No. 15, “Happier”
No. 16, “Favorite Crime”
No. 19, “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” (Olivia Rodrigo)
No. 24, Jealousy, Jealousy”
No. 29, “Hope Ur Ok”
Nigro also spent a record 27 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 Producers chart — all this year — plus 11 weeks on top of the Hot 100 Songwriters tally.
Below Nigro on the year-end Hot 100 Producers ranking is Joey Moi. He tallied 23 Hot 100-charting hits as a producer in 2021, largely by Morgan Wallen. His highest-charting hit on the weekly list during the 2021 chart year was Wallen’s “Wasted on You,” which peaked at No. 9 in January.
Moi has spent 13 total weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 Producers ranking, the third-most since the chart’s 2019 launch, after Nigro (27) and Louis Bell (17).
Omer Fedi finishes as the No. 3 Hot 100 Producer, thanks to 10 production credits on the Hot 100, including five top 10s and three No. 1s. Here’s a look at all five of his top 10 hits as a producer this year, with additional co-producers in parentheses:
Peak Position, Artist Billing, Track (co-producers in addition to Fedi)
No. 1, 24kGoldn feat. iann dior, “Mood” (Blake Slatkin, KBeaZy)
No. 1, Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Take A Daytrip, Roy Lenzo)
No. 1, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber, “Stay” (Cashmere Cat, Blake Slatkin, Charlie Puth)
No. 8, The Kid LAROI, “Without You” (Blake Slatkin)
No. 10, Lil Nas X, “That’s What I Want” (Blake Slatkin, Ryan Tedder, KBeaZy)
Rounding out the top five of the 2021 year-end Hot 100 Producers ranking, FINNEAS places at No. 4 thanks to his work with Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber, and Dr. Luke finishes at No. 5, powered by his work with Doja Cat, Saweetie and Latto.