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The Rhythmic chart (also called Rhythmic Songs, and previously named Rhythmic Airplay, Rhythmic Top 40 and CHR/Rhythmic) is an airplay chart published weekly by Billboard magazine.

The chart tracks and measures the airplay of songs played on rhythmic radio stations, whose playlist includes mostly hit-driven R&B/hip-hop, rhythmic pop, and some dance tracks. Nielsen Audio sometimes refers to the format as rhythmic contemporary hit radio.


Billboard magazine first took notice of the newly emerged genre on February 28, 1987, when it launched the first crossover chart, Hot Crossover 30.[1] It originally consisted of thirty titles and was based on reporting by eighteen stations, five of which were considered as pure rhythmic. The chart featured a mix of urban contemporary, top 40 and dance hits. In September 1989, Billboard split the Hot Crossover 30 chart in two: Top 40/Dance and Top 40/Rock, the latter of which focused on rock titles which crossed over. By December 1990, Billboard eliminated the chart because more top 40 and R&B stations were becoming identical with the rhythmic-heavy playlist being played at the crossover stations at the time.

Billboard revived the chart in October 1992 as Top 40/Rhythm-Crossover, with the first number one being "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. On June 25, 1997, it was renamed to Rhythmic Top 40 as a way to distinguish stations that continued to play a broad based rhythmic mix from those whose mix leaned heavily toward R&B and hip-hop. It was changed to Rhythmic Airplay in the February 7, 2004, issue and shortened to Rhythmic on July 12, 2008.

Chart criteriaEdit

There are forty positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. 66 rhythmic radio stations are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked based on the number of plays that each song received during that week.

Songs receiving the greatest growth will receive a "bullet", although there are tracks that will also get bullets if the loss in detections doesn't exceed the percentage of downtime from a monitored station. "Airpower" awards are issued to songs that appear on the top 20 of both the airplay and audience chart for the first time, while the "greatest gainer" award is given to song with the largest increase in detections. A song with six or more spins in its first week is awarded an "airplay add". If a song is tied for the most spins in the same week, the one with the biggest increase that previous week will rank higher, but if both songs show the same amount of spins regardless of detection the song that is being played at more stations is ranked higher. Songs that fall below the top 15 and have been on the chart after 20 weeks are removed.[2]

Records and achievementsEdit

Most weeks at number oneEdit

15 weeks

14 weeks

13 weeks

12 weeks

11 weeks

Artists with most number-one singlesEdit

No. 1s Artist Source
27 Drake [3]
17 Rihanna [4]
13 Usher [5]
11 Chris Brown [6]
Lil Wayne [7]
Bruno Mars [8]
The Weeknd [9]
9 Beyoncé [10]
Jay-Z [11]

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number oneEdit

Weeks Artist Source
105 Drake [12]
99 Rihanna [12]
61 Usher [12]
46 Mariah Carey [12]
44 Nelly [12]
38 50 Cent [12]
37 Lil Wayne [12]
35 Boyz II Men [12]
34 T-Pain [12]
32 T.I. [12]

Artists with most entriesEdit

Entries Artist Source
93 Lil Wayne [13]
92 Chris Brown [13]
89 Drake [13]
67 Nicki Minaj [13]
58 Jay-Z [13]
53 Rihanna [13]
51 Pitbull [13]
50 Kanye West [13]
Ludacris [13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Freeman, Kim (February 28, 1987). Hot 30 Crossover Chart Tracks New Breed Of Radio. Billboard magazine. pp. 1, 83.
  2. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Drake Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Rihanna Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Drake & Rihanna Rule Rhythmic Songs Chart With 'Too Good'". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Drake beats Rhianna". Billboard Music. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Lil Wayne Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Bruno Mars Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  9. ^ "The Weeknd Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Beyoncé Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Jay-Z Rhythmic Songs Chart History". Billboard Music. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Drake Bests Rihanna for Most Weeks Atop Rhythmic Songs as 'In My Feelings' Hits No. 1". Billboard Music. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i Anderson, Trevor (22 June 2018). "Kanye West Earns 50th Rhythmic Songs Chart Hit As 'Watch' Debuts". Billboard Music. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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