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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.


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

Artists with most number-one singles

Artists with the most top 10 singles

Artist with most charted singles

Sheryl Crow[5] and Christina Aguilera share the first place with 17 titles on the chart.[6] Second is Kelly Clarkson with 16 to date. Alanis Morissette follows with 15, Katy Perry with 14 and Daughtry with 12 to date.

Most weekly plays

Only 4 songs have topped the 5,000 weekly spins mark in the history of the chart

  • Katy Perry - Roar (5,309)[7]
  • Adele - Rolling in The Deep (5,109)[8]
  • Pink ft. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me a Reason (5,040)[9]
  • Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines (5,023)[10]

See also


  1. ^ Adult Pop Songs chart"Billboard"Current .  
  2. ^ a b "Updated Charts: Heatseekers, AC".  
  3. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart".  
  4. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart".  
  5. ^ "Sheryl Crow Album & Song Chart History - Adult Top 40".  
  6. ^ Trust, Gary. "Chart Highlights: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Beyonce & Jay Z Add New No. 1s".  
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update". Billboard. October 7, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update". Billboard. May 6, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update". Billboard. August 26, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

External links

  • Adult Pop Songs chartBillboardCurrent
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