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The Year In Charts 2021: Olivia Rodrigo Is the Top Hot 100 Songwriter

Plus, Rodrigo collaborator Daniel Nigro is at No. 2, while Drake completes the top three.

Olivia Rodrigo finishes 2021 impressively. Not only did she tally her first two No. 1s on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (with “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U,” respectively), but she also sent her debut LP Sour to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

And now, Rodrigo finishes 2021 at No. 1 on the year-end Hot 100 Songwriters chart.

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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Rodrigo, who had only appeared on the Hot 100 once before 2021 (with the No. 90-peaking “All I Want” in January 2020, from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series), charted all 11 songs from Sour on the Hot 100 during the 2021 tracking period. Her songwriting credits on all 11 tracks all contribute to her placement on the year-end list.

Impressively, all 11 Sour tracks peaked in the top 40 of the Hot 100.

Here’s a recap of where each song peaked on the Hot 100, with additional co-writers in parentheses:

Peak Position, Track (credited songwriters in addition to Rodrigo)

No. 1, “Drivers License” (Daniel Nigro)
No. 1, “Good 4 U” (Daniel Nigro, Hayley Williams, Josh Farro)
No. 3, “Deja Vu” (Daniel Nigro, Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent)
No. 9, “Traitor” (Daniel Nigro)
No. 12, “Brutal” (Daniel Nigro)
No. 14, “Enough For You”
No. 15, “Happier”
No. 16, “Favorite Crime” (Daniel Nigro)
No. 19, “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” (Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff)
No. 24, Jealousy, Jealousy” (Daniel Nigro, Casey Smith)
No. 29, “Hope Ur Ok” (Daniel Nigro)

Rodrigo also spent a record 22 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 Songwriters chart — all this year.

Just below Rodrigo on the year-end Hot 100 Songwriters ranking is her Sour collaborator Daniel Nigro. Nigro, who finished the year at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Producers recap, places as the No. 2 Hot 100 Songwriter of the year, thanks to eight songwriting credits on the Hot 100 this year — all of which were from Sour (see above).

Nigro spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 Songwriters chart, all tied with Rodrigo. Dating to the chart’s launch in 2019, only Rodrigo and Finneas (12) have spent more time on top.

Drake finishes as the No. 3 songwriter of the year, powered by a whopping 35 songwriting credits on the Hot 100 during the tracking period, 12 of which reached the top 10 and two hit No. 1. Here’s a look at all of Drake’s top 10 hits this year, with co-songwriters listed in parentheses:

Peak Position, Track (credited songwriters in addition to Drake)

No. 1, “What’s Next” (Supah Mario, Maneesh Bidaye)
No. 1, “Way 2 Sexy” feat. Future & Young Thug (Future, Young Thug, TM88, Too Dope!, Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli)
No. 2, “Wants And Needs” feat. Lil Baby (Lil Baby, Cardo On The Beat, Dez Washington, 40)
No. 2, “Girls Want Girls” feat. Lil Baby (Lil Baby, OZ, Ambezza)
No. 3, “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” feat. Rick Ross (Rick Ross, Boi-1da, Robin Hannibal, Cecilie Maja)
No. 3, “Fair Trade” feat. Travis Scott (Travis Scott, OZ, Jahaan Sweet, Wondagurl, Reibaldi Antoine, Charlotte Day Wilson, Babyface, Teo Halm, Varren Wade, D’Mile, Brandon Banks, Michael Gordon, Kyle Mosovich, Marcus Reddick)
No. 4, “Champagne Poetry” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Gabriel Hardeman, 40, Maneesh Bidaye, M. Davis, Jean-Andre Lawrence)
No. 4, “Knife Talk” feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat (21 Savage, Metro Boomin, Project Pat, Juicy J, A$AP Rocky, Peter Lee Johnson)
No. 7, “In The Bible” feat. Lil Durk & Giveon (40, Lil Durk, Giveon, Leon Thomas, Austin Powerz, Eli Afari-Brown, Simon Gebrelul)
No. 8, “Papi’s Home” (Supah Mario, Skip2Fame, Jarrel Young, Mark Borino, Shep Crawford, Montell Jordan, P Reign)
No. 9, “TSU” (Harley Arsenault, Noel Cadastre, R. Kelly, Christopher Cross, Justin Timberlake, Danja, Timbaland)
No. 10, “Love All” feat. Jay-Z (Jay-Z, OZ, Leon Thomas, Dez Washington, P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Steven Jordan, Khris Riddick-Tynes)

Rounding out the top five of the year-end Hot 100 Songwriters ranking, DaBaby finishes at No. 4 (on the strength of 15 writing credits on the Hot 100) and Omer Fedi closes the year at No. 5.