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Adult Alternative Songs

Adult Alternative Songs, also known as Triple A, is a record chart currently published by Billboard that ranks the most popular songs on adult album alternative radio stations. The 40-position[1] chart is formulated based on each song's weekly radio spins, as measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.[2] The earliest incarnation of the chart was first published on January 20, 1996[3] as a feature in Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor. In 2006, Airplay Monitor ceased publication after Billboard parent company VNU Media's acquisition of rival radio trade magazine Radio & Records,[4] which then subsequently incorporated Airplay Monitors Nielsen-based Triple A chart.[5][6]

Billboard itself began publishing the Triple A chart in the issue dated July 5, 2008 through their Billboard.biz website,[7] appropriating the same airplay data as Radio & Records.[5]Radio & Records closed in June 2009, leaving Billboard as the sole publisher of the chart.[8] In February 2014, the chart's reporting panel was expanded from 23 to 32 stations, including non-commercial reporters for the first time.[9] The current number-one single, as of the chart for the week ending February 9, 2019 is "Northern Lights" by Death Cab for Cutie.[10]

Following a re-design of their website, Billboard officially incorporated the history of the Airplay Monitor/Neilsen chart from 1996 to 2008 into their Adult Alternative Songs chart. The Billboard website and its official chart archive now shows the first Adult Alternative Songs chart as having been published on January 20, 1996, with "The World I Know" by Collective Soul as its first number one single.[11]

Chart achievements

  • Artists with the most number-one songs:[9][12]
U2 (13)
Coldplay (12)
Jack Johnson (9)
Dave Matthews Band (9)
Sheryl Crow (7)
Counting Crows (7)
R.E.M. (7)
  • Most weeks at number one:
16 weeks
"Beautiful Day" - U2 (2000-01)[13]
15 weeks
"Clocks" - Coldplay (2003)[13]
"Waste a Moment" - Kings of Leon (2016-17)[14][15]
14 weeks
"One Headlight" - The Wallflowers (1996)[15]
"3AM" - Matchbox Twenty (1997)[15]
"Bent" - Matchbox Twenty (2000)[15]
"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" - Train (2001)[15]
"Rolling in the Deep" - Adele (2011)[16]
13 weeks
"Just Breathe" - Pearl Jam (2010)[17]
"Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012)[18]
12 weeks
"Funny the Way It Is" - Dave Matthews Band (2009)[19]
"Dreams" - Beck (2015)[20]
11 weeks
"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay (2008)[21]
"You and Your Heart" - Jack Johnson (2010)[17]
"I Will Wait" - Mumford & Sons (2012)[18]
"Ophelia" - The Lumineers (2016)[14]
"Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man (2017)[22]
10 weeks
"If I Had Eyes" - Jack Johnson (2008)[21]
"Fugitive" - David Gray (2010)[19]
"Fever" - The Black Keys (2014)[23]
"Budapest" - George Ezra (2014-15)[23][20]
"Guiding Light" - Mumford & Sons (2018-19)[24]

See also

References

  1. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (November 21, 2017). "Nothing More Scores First Billboard Chart-Topper With 'Go to War'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Triple A". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (July 17, 2012). "Triple A Radio Breaking Rookie Stars". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "VNU To Acquire Radio & Records". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 6, 2006. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b Shipley, Al (October 9, 2008). "'Billboard' Breaks Down, Dials Up Triple-A". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 21, 2006). "Nielsen BDS Expands Service". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (July 12, 2008). "Billboard's Charts Get Makeover; Price Matters". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 120 (28): 37. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (June 10, 2009). "Chart Beat: Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Shinedown". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b Trust, Gary (February 21, 2014). "Billboard's Triple A Chart Gets a Makeover". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Triple A : February 9, 2019 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs: January 20, 1996". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (December 9, 2015). "Coldplay Ties Record Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Disturbed Leads Mainstream Rock Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ a b Trust, Gary (July 22, 2009). "Chart Beat Wednesday: Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Billy Currington". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2016 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d e Rutherford, Kevin (January 25, 2017). "Kings of Leon's 'Waste a Moment' Ties for Second-Longest No. 1 Run on Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs - 2011 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2010 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2012 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2009 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2015 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2008 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs - 2017 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Adult Alternative Songs - 2014 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ "Mumford & Sons - Guiding Light - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.

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