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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.

HistoryEdit

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 achievementsEdit

Most weeks at number oneEdit

25 weeks

23 weeks

18 weeks

17 weeks

16 weeks

15 weeks

14 weeks

Sources:[5][6]

Artists with the most number-one singlesEdit

Number Artist Source
13
Maroon 5 [7]
10
Pink [7]
8
Katy Perry [7]
7
Taylor Swift [7]
6
Shawn Mendes [8]
5
Adele [9]
Nickelback [9]
Ed Sheeran [10]

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number oneEdit

Weeks Artist Source
86 Maroon 5 [11]
54 Matchbox Twenty [12]
47 Santana [13]
40 Rob Thomas [14]
38 Pink [15]
35 Nickelback [16]
Adele [17]
34 Katy Perry [18]
Ed Sheeran [19]
28 Taylor Swift [20]
27 Train [21]
Kelly Clarkson [22]

Artists with the most top 10 singlesEdit

Number Artist Source
24 Maroon 5 [23]
20 Taylor Swift [24]
16 Kelly Clarkson [25]
Pink [26]
15 Katy Perry [27]
14 Goo Goo Dolls [28]
Train [29]
13 Matchbox Twenty [30]

Longest break between number onesEdit

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

Source: [31]

Additional achievementsEdit

  • Shawn Mendes is the first artist to have four singles hit number 1 on the Adult Pop Songs Chart before Age 20.[32]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Current Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Updated Charts: Heatseekers, AC". Billboard. 108 (11): 109. March 16, 1996. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. October 7, 1995. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. March 16, 1996. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Panic! at the Disco's 'High Hopes' Is Longest-Leading Adult Pop Songs No. 1 This Decade". Billboard. March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 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 December 21, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "P!nk Scores 10th No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs Chart With 'Walk Me Home'". Billboard. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Shawn Mendes Breaks Record For Most Adult Pop Songs No. 1s by a Solo Male With 'Señorita'". Billboard. October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Maroon 5 Earns Record-Extending 13th No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs Chart With 'Girls Like You' Ft. Cardi B". Billboard. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber's 'I Don't Care' Hits No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Santana Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Rob Thomas Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Adele Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Katy Perry Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  24. ^ "Taylor Swift Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  26. ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  27. ^ "Katy Perry Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  29. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  30. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  31. ^ Trust, Gary (June 1, 2017). "Coldplay Ends Longest Break Between No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  32. ^ 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 1 August 2018.

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