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Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard. Rankings are based on a measure of radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity.[1] The chart had 100 positions but was shortened to 50 positions in October 2012.[2][3]

The chart is used to track the success of popular music songs in urban, or primarily African American, venues. Dominated over the years at various times by jazz, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, rock and roll, soul, and funk, it is today dominated by contemporary R&B and hip hop. Since its inception, the chart has changed its name many times in order to accurately reflect the industry at the time.[4]

History

Between 1948 and 1955, there were separate charts published for Best Sellers and Juke Box plays, and in 1955 a third chart was added, the Jockeys chart based on radio airplay. These three charts were consolidated into a single R&B chart in October 1958.

From November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965, there were no Billboard R&B singles charts.[5] The "Hot R&B Singles" chart was discontinued when Billboard determined it unnecessary due to so much crossover of titles between the R&B and pop charts in light of the rise of Motown. The chart was reinstated as "Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles" on January 30, 1965. For this period which no chart was published, Billboard now uses Cash Box magazine's Top 50 In R&B Locations singles chart for stats.[5]

Beginning August 23, 1969, the rhythm and blues was replaced in favor of "soul", and the chart was renamed to "Best Selling Soul Singles". The move was made by a Billboard editorial decision that the term "soul" more accurately accounted for the "broad range of song and instrumental material which derives from the musical genius of the black American".[6] In late June 1982, the chart was renamed again, this time to "Black Singles" because the music that African-Americans were buying and listening to had a "greater stylistic variety than the soul sound" of the early 1970s. Black Singles was deemed an acceptable term to encompass pop, funk, and early rap music popular in urban communities.[7]

R&B returned to the name of the chart in 1990, and hip hop was introduced to the title in the issue dated December 11, 1999, when Billboard changed the name to "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks" to recognize the influence and relationship of hip hop to the genre. Shortly after that time, the crossover of R&B titles on pop charts was so significant that all Top Ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 11, 2003 were by black artists.[8] The lengthy title was shortened to "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" on April 30, 2005. The chart's methodology was changed starting with the October 20, 2012 issue to match that of the Billboard Hot 100, incorporating digital downloads and streaming data (R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs) and combining it with airplay of R&B and hip-hop songs across all radio formats to determine song position, along with the chart also being shortened to 50 positions.

Date range Title
October 1942 - February 1945 The Harlem Hit Parade
February 1945 - June 1949 Race Records
June 1949 - October 1958 Rhythm & Blues Records (two or three separate charts--see above)
October 1958 - October 1962[9] Hot R&B Sides
November 1962 - November 1963 Hot R&B Singles[10][11]
November 1963 - January 1965[12] No chart published (see above)
January 1965 - August 1969 Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles
August 1969 - July 1973 Best Selling Soul Singles
July 1973 - June 1982 Hot Soul Singles
June 1982 - October 1990 Hot Black Singles
October 1990 - January 1999 Hot R&B Singles
January 1999 - December 1999 Hot R&B Singles & Tracks
December 1999 - April 2005 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
April 2005 - present Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Significant song achievements

Most weeks at number one

20 weeks

18 weeks

17 weeks

16 weeks

15 weeks

14 weeks

13 weeks

12 weeks

Songs with most weeks on the chart

"You Make Me Wanna..." - Usher[21] (1997)
"There Goes My Baby" - Usher (2010)
"Pretty Wings" - Maxwell[23] (2009)
"Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" - Alicia Keys[24] (2010)
"Sure Thing" - Miguel (2011)
  • 58 weeks -
"When I See U" - Fantasia (2007)
"Teachme" - Musiq Soulchild (2007)
"If I Ain't Got You" - Alicia Keys (2004)
"Lost Without U" - Robin Thicke (2007)
"Until the End of Time" - Justin Timberlake & Beyoncé[26] (2008)
  • 55 weeks -
"Heaven Sent" - Keyshia Cole[27] (2008)
"Spotlight" - Jennifer Hudson (2008)
"Drank in My Cup" - Kirko Bangz[28] (2011)
"Adorn" - Miguel (2012)
  • 54 weeks -
"Stay" - Tyrese[29] (2011)
"Thrift Shop" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz (2012)
  • 52 weeks -
"We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey[30] (2005)
"Up!" - LoveRance feat. Iamsu & Skipper or 50 Cent[28] (2011)
"Thinkin Bout You" - Frank Ocean[31] (2013)
"Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton (2013)
"All of Me" - John Legend (2014)

Longest climbs to number one

Source:[32]

Significant artist achievements

Most number-one singles

The artists with the most No. 1 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since October 1958.

Artists with most weeks at number one on the chart

Weeks Artist Source
113+ Louis Jordan [37]

+ Pre-October 1958 charts.

Most top 10 singles

Number of
Singles
Artist Source
70
Drake [34]
57
James Brown [38]

Most top 40 singles

Number of
Singles
Artist Source
156
Drake [39]
98
Lil Wayne [39]
96
Jay-Z [39]
91
James Brown [39]
81
Kanye West [39]

Most chart entries

Most entries on chart since October 1958.

Entries Artist Source
210 Drake [34]
180 Lil Wayne [40]
146 Jay-Z [41]
112 Kanye West [42]
110 James Brown [43]

Self-replacement at number one

Source:[44]

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

The Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[45] is a chart composed of 25 positions that represent songs that are making progress to chart on the main R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Many times, songs halt their progress at this chart and never debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart can also be seen as a 25 position quasi-addendum to the chart, since the chart represents the 25 songs below position number 50 that have not previously appeared on the main chart.

See also

References

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