Who are the people responsible for making — and breaking — the biggest songs of the year? Variety’s list of 2022’s Hitmakers includes the creators, executives and connectors in the music industry who can spot a magical combination of talents and turn it into a smash.

How we choose the Hitmakers: The music editors at Variety analyze each song’s merits — including structure, melody/hook, lyrics, cultural relevance and commercial performance — and dissect who played a role in bringing the song to life, from idea to writing to production to execution and out to the marketplace. All data used in Hitmakers is courtesy of Luminate.