Only 13% of 2018’s most successful singles were credited to women

"I think it's about encouraging young female artists"

The biggest hit singles of 2018 were dominated by three times more men than women, new research has concluded.

As the BBC reports, some 91 men or all-male groups featured on the Official Chart Company’s top 100 songs of 2018 – contrasted with just 30 female acts.

While 2018 saw runaway successes for the likes of Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, the research also proved that the gender gap has increased over the last 10 years.

Some 13 of the most popular 100 songs of 2018 also came from female acts – almost 20 less than the 35 in 2008.

The new study also reveals that the number of men dominating hit singles has risen alongside the growth of collaborations –  from 59 men in 2008 to 91 in 2018.

Describing the gender gap, the BBC wrote: “Men are also collaborating more with other men – hence the steep rise in the overall number of male acts appearing on the top 100 singles.

“But women are largely not collaborating with other women – or if they are, those songs aren’t as popular. None of the top 100 songs of 2018 were collaborations just between female-only acts. But there’s no change there – that was the same in 2008.”

Singer Mabel also said that encouragement of young female artists would go a long way in solving the problem.

“I think it’s about encouraging young female artists, to give them the space to experiment. I think that’s the issue,” she said.

“As women, we get moulded in to something that we don’t necessarily want to be, whereas as a boy I think you’re encouraged to just sort of figure it out [and] do whatever you want to do. I think it’s just about encouraging the younger generations to have fun with it.”

The investigation comes as the gender gap problem spills over into festival line-ups – with TRNSMT Festival facing criticism for all-male headliners yesterday.