MusicRow’s weekly ranking of the top 60 country songwriters shines a bright spotlight this week on Universal Music Publishing Group songwriter Chase McGill. McGill earns his first-ever week at No. 1 on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart with four active song titles; “Lose It,” “Break Up In The End,” “Short Skirt Weather,” and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.”
Josh Osborne moves to No. 2 after an impressive 13-week consecutive run in the top spot. Also enjoying upward momentum is Jessie Jo Dillon at No. 4 and Kevin Welch at No. 5. Welch is the only writer currently in the Top 10 with a single song, “Millionaire,” on the chart earning him all of the song’s points as the solo writer.
The weekly MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart, published every Monday, uses algorithms based upon song activity according to airplay, digital downloaded track sales and streams. This unique and exclusive new addition to the MusicRow portfolio is the only songwriter chart of its kind.
Using a proprietary software, the points earned by each song are evenly split among each of the song’s co-writers, echoing how the business works with respect to publishing revenues and ownership—while reflecting the overall success of active songs for each songwriter. This elite list represents country music’s most successful writers whose songs are currently being heard on radio, downloaded as tracks and streamed across America.
Originally created by MusicRow founder, David Ross, under his own company imprint and brand, the newly rendered MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart is a valuable information source for our industry. Songwriters and publishers are the bedrock of the Nashville music industry and this chart recognizes the enormous commitment required from not only the songwriter, but the entire publishing team behind a songwriter’s career.