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Adult Top 40

The Adult Top 40 (also known as Adult Pop Songs) chart is published weekly by Billboard magazine and ranks "the most popular adult top 40 as based on radio airplay detections measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems."[1]

It is a format in which the genre is geared more towards an adult audience who are not into hard rock, hip hop, or adult contemporary fare. The main genres within this format are alternative rock and mainstream pop that is more adult-oriented. It is not to be confused with adult contemporary where rather lesser-known and more ballad-driven songs are played.

History

The chart was first published in the March 16, 1996, issue of Billboard; however, historically, the chart's introduction was in October 1995, when it began as a test chart.[2]

The Adult Top 40 chart was formed following a split of the "Hot Adult Contemporary" chart due to the growing emergence of Adult Top 40 radio stations in the 1990s. These stations played a wider variety of artists and saw a faster turnover of songs compared to traditional adult contemporary radio. Songs by modern rock, dance, and R&B artists were mixed in with acts more closely associated with adult contemporary. According to Billboard, splitting the chart "better reflect[s] the music being played on adult contemporary and adult/top 40 stations."[2]

The first number-one song on the Adult Top 40, from the test chart of October 7, 1995, was "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal.[3] The first number-one song on the Adult Top 40, from the published chart of March 16, 1996, was "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.[4]

Records and achievements

Most weeks at number one

25 weeks

23 weeks

18 weeks

17 weeks

16 weeks

15 weeks

14 weeks

Sources:[5][6]

Artists with the most number-one singles

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number one

Artists with the most top 10 singles

Longest break between number ones

  • Coldplay - eight years and eight months
  • Train - six years, four months and one week
  • Maroon 5 - five years, 10 months and one week

Source: [28]

Additional achievements

  • Shawn Mendes is the first artist to have four singles hit number 1 on the Adult Pop Songs Chart before Age 20.[29]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Current Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Updated Charts: Heatseekers, AC". Billboard. 108 (11): 109. March 16, 1996. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. October 7, 1995. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. March 16, 1996. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Panic! at the Disco's 'High Hopes' Is Longest-Leading Adult Pop Songs No. 1 This Decade". Billboard. March 25, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Maroon 5 Top Artist, Santana's 'Smooth' Top Song of Adult Pop Songs Chart's First 20 Years". Billboard. March 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Trust, Gary (December 2, 2019). "Maroon 5 Scores Record-Extending Adult Pop Songs No. 1 With 'Memories'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Santana Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Rob Thomas Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Adele Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Katy Perry Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ "Katy Perry Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ Trust, Gary (June 1, 2017). "Coldplay Ends Longest Break Between No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2017.
  29. ^ Trust, Gary (31 July 2018). "Shawn Mendes Is the First Artist to Land Four No. 1s on the Adult Pop Songs Chart Before Age 20". billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 2018.

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